Mountain View Community Garden is Growing!
Sep 09, 2015 12:33PM
● By Bryan Scott
Did you know that we have a thriving and growing Community Garden right here in Midvale? Now in its second year, the Mountain View Community Garden is having an abundant 2015 growing season. This year, there are 31 gardeners tending to their raised-bed garden plots, growing vegetables for themselves and their friends. And the produce coming from these gardens is simply astounding! In addition to fruits and vegetables, the garden also has six healthy beehives which serve to pollinate the garden as well as produce high-quality honey.
The Community Garden is located at 8050 S. 300 East on property donated by the Mountain View Christian Assembly church. For a small seasonal fee, members of the Midvale community can ‘own’ their own garden plot for the full growing season. Fertile soil, access to sunlight, and regular watering of plants through a drip irrigation system is provided by the Garden, but growing the food, well… that’s up to you! Currently, there are 40 active raised-bed plots currently being cultivated by Midvale neighbors. A recent completed expansion for next season has added eight additional large garden plots as well as two elevated raised-beds which will be fully accessible to those in our community who use wheelchairs. We have planted a large pumpkin patch for all garden members, and are planning the installation of a large raspberry patch this coming fall.
While providing residents a chance to grow food for themselves and others, one goal of the Garden is to become a community gathering place that facilitates cross-cultural and inter-generational connections between Midvale residents; many friendships have been formed between gardeners and neighbors. The Garden facilitates educational and volunteer opportunities for schools and clubs, creates opportunities to teach and practice concepts of environmental stewardship, and enriches the local community through preservation of our urban greenspace. The Garden is a member of the Wasatch Community Garden network, which provides outreach to teach gardeners by teaching concepts of planting, growing, harvesting, seed storage, cultivation, and pest control.
It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s garden. We have space available for next year on a first-come, first-served basis, with returning gardeners getting preference to remain in their existing garden plots. For more information, you can call and leave a message at (801)-561-5911, or email us at [email protected] If you’re on Facebook, take a moment to “like” our garden page, which has photos and current information from the Garden. Next, please make a point to stop by and visit the garden, be inspired, and start dreaming of the garden you will plant next year!