The first Urban Garden and Farm Week, hosted by Wasatch Community Gardens, begins Sunday in Salt Lake City and runs through June 22.
The centerpiece will be a self-guided tour that aims to demonstrate the virtues of sustainability, urban homesteading and organic gardening.
The tour is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 22. The public also is invited that day to an early bird brunch fundraiser at Squatter's Pub, 147 W. Broadway, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Information and pre-registration for the Urban Garden and Farm Tour is available at www.wasatchgardens.org/events/UGFW. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. at Squatter's Pub. A guide detailing the features of each homestead is available for $10 for an individual or $20 for groups up to 6. The route includes stops at BUG Farms and Wasatch Co-Housing and Krausert's homestead.
Other events during the week include a screening of the movie, "Edible City: Grow the Revolution," at Brewvies Cinema Pub, workshops on backyard chicken keeping, a food poetry slam and a reading by Utah author Gretchen Anderson from her book, "The Backyard Chicken Fight," at the King's English Bookshop.
For many gardeners in Salt Lake County, space is scarce. However, many have found ways to grow thousands of pounds of produce on small, urban lots, and have answers to questions about the process.
"In the past few years, interest in growing some of your own food has become much more popular with people of all backgrounds," said Carly Gillespie, community educator for Wasatch Community Gardens. "[The] week offers residents the chance to connect with each other and share tips about everything from which tomatoes taste the best in homemade salsa to how to harvest honey from a backyard beehive."
Said homesteader Jonathan Krausert, "Even apartment residents have the ability to put a few containers out on a south- or west-facing balcony and enjoy a little bit of homegrown food. If your apartment doesn't have a balcony, try connecting with a community garden in your neighborhood."
Wasatch Community Gardens has provided residents the opportunity to grow their own food in urban gardens for nearly 25 years. The organization offers a range of programs, such as providing community gardening space at 12 different locations, youth gardening education, consulting help for groups to start new community gardens, volunteer opportunities and more than 60 educational workshops and community events on growing and eating organic food.