Wasatch Community Gardens: Sharing Backyards

>> Monday, March 21, 2011

Today we have a guest post from Elizabeth Watson of Wasatch Community Gardens

Urban gardening can be challenging. Lack of space or time can prevent people from having the garden they want and the healthy home grown produce they need.  I live in an apartment with no yard space, if I wanted to garden I was limited to what I could grow in containers on my small balcony.  My sister in law Rachel had an opposite problem; she has a large yard but didn’t have time to maintain a garden alone. We decided to garden together, splitting the cost for seeds, taking turns working in the garden and sharing the produce. Definitely a win-win situation! For people who don’t know someone with garden space to share a project called Sharing Backyards can help you out!

Sharing Backyards is a joint project of Wasatch Community Gardens and Urban Village Cooperative. Hopeful gardeners that are looking for land can pair up with those who have unused land with space for a garden and are looking for someone to share it with. Once people find someone they are interested in sharing with they send them an email and go from there. It’s like Craigslist for urban gardeners! The online map-based project has listings all over the Wasatch Front and Back though listings can be posted from anywhere in Utah.

Thank you Elizabeth
What a wonderful way to connect with our community. Wasatch Community Gardens, through the Sharing Backyards program, offers the opportunity for those of us with some extra gardening space to share with those who simply don’t have the yard to grow in. So, if you can spare the space in your backyard, or even in the front yard, please consider participating and you just may make a few friends in the process.

Sharing the workload and reaping the rewards is what community is all about.

Wasatch Community Gardens is a community-based nonprofit that has served the Salt Lake County community for over 20 years. A national leader in the urban gardening movement, Wasatch Community Gardens provides the education, tools, and space for people to grow their own fresh food, and cultivate stronger, healthier communities along the Wasatch Front.


rachel March 22, 2011 at 1:44 PM  

This is a great idea! That Elizabeth sure is green!

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