At Summit Community Gardens, we believe that all people have the right to nutritious, organic and locally grown food.
Our vision is to create “places” throughout our community where gardeners can develop an active and on-going relationship with the land, while the land gives back in turn.
Community Gardens are unique in that they are just as much about the social network of gardeners as they are about the physical garden space. They are places where people grow food and grow healthy together, and as such, are at the same time both very simple and very profound. We are positioning ourselves to not only be a model for gardening in Summit County, but also a central point for resources and support for the emerging network of gardens and gardeners throughout our community.Summit Community Gardens is comprised of interested parties from Summit County, Basin Recreation, Park City Municipal, Park City Leadership Class 16, and community members. Plans are developing for a community garden on the Ike & Billie Koleman ten acres of Open Space property (formerly Miss Billie’s Kids Kampus) across from the Canyons and next to Park West Village.
Digging Deep and Branching Out
We had a very successful year in 2011. Key accomplishments included:
• Launching the first community garden in Summit County on the Koleman open space parcel - resulting in 60 adults participating as plot holders.
• Growing at least 28 varieties of fruits and vegetables, demonstrating that we can grow successfully at our altitude.
• Holding 4 gardener meetings, 4 educational classes, 5 workdays at the garden, 2 celebratory events, and biweekly garden camps.
• Installing a hydro-powered drip irrigation system so that local water sources could be used instead of culinary water.
• Utilizing over 1,500 volunteer hours.
• Employing a part-time Garden Manager for the summer growing season.
• Hiring a part-time Executive Director for 2012.
Help Launch a Community Garden in Park City
As one of the first gardens, we hope to use it as a model to develop community gardens throughout Summit County in future years.
As of September, 2011 interest is being gathered for launching an Old Town Community Garden. This community-wide project needs growers, locals, builders, irrigation expertise, administrative and maintenance support and more. We welcome your input, enthusiasm, and talent.