Friday, June 29, 2012

SLCC Expands Community Garden

The SLCC community garden has begun its third season this spring. And it is expanding. What began as a 15-plot raised bed garden at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Earth Day 2010, will now feature a total of 41 beds at three separate sites.

Sixteen new beds have been added at a second community garden site—known as Community Garden East—at the College's Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The College's Jordan Campus will also have a community garden for the first time. There will be 10 new garden plots at Jordan Campus.

Grainger Corporation helped found the initial SLCC community garden and has been a major reason the College has the resources to expand its efforts. Grainger provided the grant that established the community garden. Since that time, Grainger officials have been hands-on in their leadership. Several members of the Grainger team have made visits to the garden to ensure that it remains a valuable asset to the College and community.

As it expands, the SLCC community garden remains committed to its founding principles to develop a better sense of community between faculty, staff, students, and the local community along with advocating for sustainable food production and everyone’s right to healthful food.

In addition to support from organizations like Grainger, many groups and organizations from College are involved in this project, including: student life and leadership, psychology club, Phi Theta Kappa, the Thayne Center for Service & Learning, Student Writing Center, Disability Resource Center, biology department, academic advising, development office, parking services, distance learning, biotechnology department, Jordan Campus library, and the School of Health Sciences.

The SLCC Community Garden was founded with the help of Grainger Corporation, the College’s Graduating Class of 2010, Sun Gro Horticulture, and Edge Multimedia.

For more information, contact Adam Dastrup at (801) 957-4880.