By Nicole Muehle, SLCgreen Intern
Community gardens are starting to play a more vital role in the lives of those that live in Salt Lake City. The City has eight City-owned or managed sites with the appropriate sun exposure, waterlines, and conditions to create sustainable community gardens. A high demand of community gardens downtown highlights their importance to a strong, local food system and healthy food access. Growing food in a community garden gives those with little to no land the ability to have fresh organic produce.
One of the newest gardens, Off Broadway Community Garden, is located at 337 South 400 East. What is now a flourishing garden used to be a vacant lot! The history of Plot 337 is unique in that it was temporarily an art exhibit, created with the knowledge that demolition would ensue. From one art form to another, the parking lot has transformed into a vibrant and flourishing community garden. Some of the SLCgreen interns had the privilege of getting a tour of the garden.
If you are interested in learning more or having your own plot at one of the community gardens around the city, visit our webpage.
Here are some before and after photos of the Off Broadway Community Garden.