North Salt Lake’s Orchard Community Gardens will be starting off its first official season with a formal shovel turning/compost filling celebration on April 17 at 10 a.m. at the garden (located adjacent to Orchard Elementary).
Though all of the plots have been taken for the year, everyone is welcome to bring their gloves and help put a few finishing touches on the garden including compost in the beds and some mulch on the pathways. In addition, residents will get the chance for some refreshments and to enjoy some time outside.
“This is our big kickoff year,” said Keb Brady, co-chair of the city’s garden committee. “We want to give everyone the chance to get involved.”
Those efforts will extend to the city’s elementary school students, particularly those nearby at Orchard Elementary. The committee has set aside some beds to use for outreach programs with the kids, introducing them to the joys of working outside.
“Some people see kids as being destructive in a garden, but that’s when the love of gardening can really start,” said Brady. “I have this picture of myself at 5 years old out in the garden.”
Though the rest of the plots have been spoken for this growing season, adults still have plenty of chances to get involved in the garden as well.
Volunteers of all ages have put in lots of work helping to get the garden ready to open, and are always needed to help with garden upkeep, publicity, garden tours, and onsite classes.
Information on these opportunities will be available at the April 17 celebration, and can also be found by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We do have people who say ‘I don’t really want a plot, I just want to get involved,’” said Brady. “Even if they have acres at home and don’t want to add to it, they can still plug into what we’re doing here.”