Monday, June 15, 2015

SLCC’s newest community garden will help stock campus food pantry

On a small lot where an old house once stood near Salt Lake Community’s South City Campus, 20 boxes filled with dirt will soon yield fresh vegetables for low-income students using the campus’s Bruin Food Pantry.

Volunteers work on community garden at South City Campus

SLCC bought the old house along 1700 South, demolished it and paved the way for the College’s third plot for a community garden – the other two are near the Taylorsville and Jordan campuses. At the South City site, Grainger Industrial Supply donated money toward the project, and staffers at nearby Whittier Elementary School and South City Campus Daycare pitched in some sweat equity.

The water lines and boxes before installation

The idea for a community garden at South City came from SLCC Community Partnerships coordinator Sean Crossland and the College’s Disability Resource Center assistant director, Steven Lewis, who helped start the other two gardens. The boxes at South City were quickly spoken for, and Lewis said the plan now is to offer up the garden’s “bounty,” when fully ripe, twice a week at the Food Pantry.

Steven Lewis