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Community Gardens Invites Everyone to Share The Abundance

Summit Community Gardens

Summertime is finally here, and Summit Community Gardens has a bounty of opportunities to learn about gardening. Tickets are now on sale for their Diggin Dinner fund raiser coming up in August.

The Second Sunday’s Program this weekend starts off at 9 AM with Hugo Coffee serving up a cup at the gardens. Annie Pierce will give a talk called Spoil the Soil, talking about the composting service offered to the community and the importance of healthy soil. Summit Community Gardens Executive Director Collie Belieu talks about their plans for expansion.

“We have 10 to noon is our volunteer day. We have a really ne, really cool expansion project going on where we’re adding new community garden plots as well as hops garden and a fruit tree orchard. So, we’ll be working on shaping these new community plots and amending the soil. It’s kind of fun to watch the whole process unfold.”

They plan to partner with Summit Land Conservancy to plant hops in the garden later in July. She says volunteers to help with that project are welcome to come and learn.

She says they’re partnering with a handful of non- profits and will have kid’s activities from 4 to 5 PM with live music to follow.

“We will have a table with a composting kid’s activity. EATS, CCPC, Swaner, Summit Land Conservancy and Recycle Utah will also be there to join us. Each with their own family friendly and kid friendly activity.

This weekend it will be Alicia Stockman. So, we invite people to bring their picnic blankets, their chairs and picnics, and friends and family and just enjoy the splendor of the gardens.” 

The Diggin Dinner is a partnership fundraiser with EATS Park City on August 26th from 3 to 6 PM. It’s a chance to eat dinner in the gardens and it’s designed for the whole family. 
“Last year we had face painting and goats that kids could come and pet. And, this year, we’ll have a lot more. Live music and also several members from the community there so you can have a little sample from all these different local vendors from around town.”

Tickets are on sale through eatsparkcity.org

With the wet spring they’ve moved their adult education classes into August this year. The harvesting and design of flower bouquets class has moved to Tuesday, August 13th and they’ll have a harvesting carrots, potatoes and garlic class on Thursday August 15th.

Belieu says the garden is flourishing and people can check out their farm stand on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.

Second Sunday garden events continue in August and September.

“And, that one in September will be kind of fun. It’ll be like a harvest celebration partnered with Basin Rec. So, we’ll have activities going in Matt Knoop Park. We’ll have a grill off in the parking lot. And, then we’ll have the gardens open with fun activities going on too.”

They plan to expand to four more garden pods with 40 additional community plots.  They’ll also build a perennial pollinator memorial garden behind the beehive.