A new community backyard sprouts in Salt Lake City

Via a partnership with Wasatch Community Gardens, town inhabitants now have extra plots around Trolley Square to produce local foods.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Idris Ahmad, 5, factors out sunflowers to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall as they tour the city’s most recent local community back garden, at Richmond Park, along with Jackie Thompson, at ideal, on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Thompson dressed up to portray the park’s namesake, Mignon Barker Richmond, the initial African American woman to graduate from faculty in Utah.

Salt Lake Metropolis has a new group backyard garden at a compact park around Trolley Square.

The Richmond Park Group Back garden, 444 E. and 600 South, marks the sixth garden the metropolis has established by way of a partnership with Wasatch Group Gardens, and 33 people have currently reserved plots.

“Community gardens aid our neighborhood food procedure and create connections that construct stronger communities,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall mentioned in a news release Wednesday, including that supporting environmentally friendly area also can make the city far more adaptive to local weather transform.

Richmond Park was named following Mignon Barker Richmond, a human rights activist and the very first Black lady to graduate from a Utah higher education. Richmond also started out a school lunch plan at the University of Utah’s Stewart University and directed meals companies for Salt Lake City’s YWCA. The park’s new local community yard aligns with the foodstuff accessibility induce she championed, according to the launch.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jackie Thompson, portraying Mignon Barker Richmond, the first African American woman to graduate from college in Utah attends the unveiling of the newest neighborhood backyard in Salt Lake City at Richmond Park on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.

Wasatch Community Gardens obtained $50,000 in capital improvement plan cash to build the Richmond Park Neighborhood Yard. The nonprofit now operates 16 neighborhood gardens in Salt Lake County, alongside with its Grateful Tomato Backyard garden, and produces an estimated 26 tons of foods a year.

Those people interested in signing up for a plot at local community backyard can get hold of Wasatch Local community Gardens at 801-359-2658 or e-mail [email protected].

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nkenna Onwuzuruoh picks yellow squash from her plot inside of the most recent community backyard garden in Salt Lake Town at Richmond Park on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.