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New 2012 Garden Orientation Video, will be posted by Feb. 1, 2012, with this info
1/27/2012 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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Live and Thrive

2012 Community Garden Orientation

Garden with us in the...

  • Spring...
  • Summer...
  • Fall...
  • Winter...

Crops grown include:

  • Veggies
  • Fruits
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Bees
  • Chickens 

Benefits of gardening with our group…


  • Meet down to earth, interesting people
  • Engage your senses in meaningful work
  • Learn a new skill & talent
  • Savor the peaceful, quiet atmosphere of working in the garden alone
  • Develop valuable gardening skills
  • Save money on groceries
  • Enjoy getting back to the basics
  • Remember what REAL food tastes like
  • Eat healthier, wholesome foods
  • Help children develop a love for gardening
  • Experience the rewards of working hard
  • Enjoy clean, fresh air outside
  • Appreciate just being outdoors
  • Feel the dirt with your hands while connecting with nature's energy
  • Clear your mind
  • Gain new perspective on life's challenges
  • Rejuvenate your spirit
  • Escape from the computer, TV, bills, advertising, the news and other stresses
  • See, smell, feel and taste the fruits of your labors
  • Improve your physical, mental, emotional and social well-being
  • Taste the difference between store-bought food vrs. fresh, home-grown produce.


2 Garden Membership Options to choose from


  • Option #1: 
  •             Working Garden Membership
  •             Less expensive but volunteer hours are required.
  •             $50 per household per year (For 1 - 4 people)
  •             Receive 20 weeks of produce from our gardens
  •             Working members offer a minimum of 25 volunteer hours per year
  •             Services may include garden work or a variety of other creative jobs
  •             Members receive food year round when they come and help
  •             Working garden members learn how to grow their own food.
  •             Garden work doesn't mean you need to be on your knees in the dirt
  •             Attention is given to those with restrictions and physical limitations
  •             Additional help is needed with:
  •                         Running errands
  •                         Organizing and managing garden work and personnel
  •                         Secretarial work (may be done at home)
  •                         Computer work (may be done at home)
  •                         Talents and skills that are specialized and unique
  •             Garden work may consist of
  •                         Planting
  •                         Harvesting
  •                         Weeding
  •                         Tilling
  •                         Greenhouse work – cleaning, organizing, etc.
  •                         Tree pruning
  •                         Watering
  •                         Etc.
  •             20 weeks will include produce from our gardens
  •             Working members may receive additional food 52 weeks of the year
  •             Additional food comes from local bakeries that we trade with
  •             In an email, let me know about any talents, skills, abilities, limitations and in general - ways             you'd like to contribute to building a strong community garden group


  • Option #2:      
  •             CSA or Non-working membership
  •             No garden work is required
  •             CSA = Community Supported Agriculture
  •             $450 per 2 people
  •              Receive 20 weeks of produce from our gardens: June – Oct.
  •             CSA members may receive additional food 52 weeks of the year
  •             Additional food comes from local bakeries that we trade with
  •               CSA members may pick up food from a convenient designated location – see garden  locations



Garden locations


  • Holladay -  5000 So. 3000 E. area


  • Riverton -  12500 So. 1800 W. area


  • Taylorsville -  6200 So. 1300 W. area


  • South Jordan - 11100 So.  2800 W. area


  • West Jordan -  7000 So. 2700 W. area


  • West Valley City -  3500 So. 3000 W. area


  • Millcreek - 3300 So. 2700 E area AND 3300 So. Highland Dr area


NEW Gardens are added every year!


More about our gardens:


Season runs…


  • February through November – for some gardens
  • We begin opening and working in our gardens one at a time, starting in February
  • All gardens are open by April (weather pending). 
  • All gardens are closed by November 25th or Thanksgiving



Supervisors are appointed to oversee each garden


As we acquire additional gardens, more supervisors and teams are needed.

Tell me if you are interested in overseeing a garden


Size of our gardens:

  • Small gardens are approx. 30 ft. x 20 ft.
  • Medium gardens are approx.  60 ft. x 20 ft. 
  • Large gardens are approx.  60 ft. x 40 ft
  • Extra large gardens are 90 ft. x 80 ft.


About working in a particular garden:

YOU decide which garden you want to work in.


Members will:

  • Choose one of our gardens to work in
  • Take "ownership" of that garden
  • "Ownership" means care for that particular garden and not be "garden hopping".


NOTE:  There are times when your garden won't need much attention while another garden is in need of extra help.  You may help with another garden if you are available.


Before settling into one particular garden, you'll receive an opportunity to:



  • Tour the gardens as they become available
  • Get familiar with the location and sizes of each garden
  • Make a decision on which garden you want to work in
  • Contact me with your decision
  • Meet with the supervisor of your garden
  • Work as much or as little as you like
  • Help fellow members make it flourish
  • Get to know the home owner, who we partner with
  • Participate in and learn how to grow your garden which includes planting, growing, maintaining, harvesting, and eating all the food from "your garden".
  • The largest gardens produce an abundance of harvest, which is then shared with all garden members


Learn what types of produce we grow by viewing photos in our upcoming video


How much food will I receive?

  • A lot IF you come 
  • Working garden members: come often, work and receive at minimum of a 2-person share during the 20 week harvest season
  • CSA non-working garden members will pick up a 2-person share of food each week during the 20 week harvest season


Time commitments


  • Flexible hours – even one hour/week is greatly appreciated!
  • Part time work – you decide when you can come
  • Seasonal work – No problem if you are able to help more in the spring, for example, rather than another season
  • Work is also available and convenient to do at home
  • You are encouraged to commit to the same day/time each week for at least a month at a time, if possible.


Days and hours you may work in a garden

  • Any daylight hours
  • Any day but Sunday


Our background and experience

  • Now in our 5th year
  • Started in the spring of 2008
  • Fed over 300 garden members in 2011
  • Over 3 acres of land


For safety purposes, members are not allowed to bring dogs or any pets to any garden properties


Speak up if there is ever a concern, need, suggestion, or comment


Covered later on

  • What to bring
  • What to wear


Management provides:

  • Seeds, hand tools, equipment, tools, water, land, etc.

Garden members provide:

  • Labor and tools if you have them


Weather conditions –

  • On stormy days, is postponed OR work in the greenhouse, if there is work to do



Many abilities/skills are needed for our group:


  • Writing and posting daily blogs
  • Other computer work
  • Promoting on Facebook and other social media
  • Garden Photographers
  • Working at local events
  • Shoot, edit and post "how to " videos
  • Help work in other gardens, as needed
  • Tilling, raking, weeding, planting, harvesting, pruning/cutting trees, watering, etc.


New to gardening?  No problem!!

  • No garden experience or skills necessary to start working with us
  • Learn from a "hands-on" approach
  • Many skilled, experienced farmers and gardeners to work with
  • Garden work can be hard – Come for a short amount of time if necessary


Children in the gardens

  • We invite children to come and work in the gardens AFTER following these guidelines:
  • Scout out the gardens to determine which are best for children
  • Before bringing children, talk to the supervisor about what they can do and where they can play
  • Plan to work for a shorter time when children are present
  • Be aware of public bathrooms in the area
  • Children are your responsibility



  • Scout out local public bathrooms before you start working in the gardens
  • Homeowner's bathrooms are not available for member's use


Be in the Know

            To hear the very latest of what's happening

            Garden work to do this week

            Food currently available

            Ways we need help immediately

            Check the garden blog daily

            Daily garden blog posts start February 1, 2012

            Click on Latest Blog Posts, found near bottom of

            Additional blog posts are found for the past week, month or year


Resources available

  • Online access:
  • View a wealth of information including daily entries from past years
  • "How to" articles, videos, slide shows, and photos online
  • Mentors & garden enthusiasts that will work with you in the gardens
  • Many workshops & classes offered during the year at Garden Headquarters in Holladay
  • Learn about different types of gardens, soil compositions, irrigation methods, and effects of weather conditions on crops in a variety of Salt Lake valley locations
  • Recipes & invitations to potluck dinners made from produce in our gardens
  • Food preservation methods



How to register and get started?


  • Go online to:, center of the webpage page.
  • Join 1) CSA Non-Working Garden Membership OR Working Garden Membership


Bringing a guest to the gardens

  • Invite a guest to get acquainted with our gardens before joining
  • RSVP before coming, if possible


Garden Log Books


  • Once a garden opens, a log book is placed outside nearby
  • Make a note of where it is
  • Log your hours and what is accomplished
  • Add comments/suggestions if you like
  • Supervisors review the book to know what's happening


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  • Bottom, right-hand corner of home page


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Learn more!

  • Watch short videos at


Contact Info:

  • Sheryl McGlochlin, owner
  • website:
  • Garden Headquarters: approx. 3000 E. 5000 So., Holladay, UT  84117
  • email:
  • Cell phone: 801-278-5313