“All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden.” Geoff Lawton
Never before has this quote seemed so appropriate. In this time of confusion and division, we need a place to unify, to calm, to inspire. A place in which to gather, to learn, and to grow. A garden holds magic, it holds peace.
At Summit Community Gardens, we hold those values and qualities to be the core of our existence. As a community garden, we gather together to experience nature, to bond over planting seeds, to nourish our bodies with freshly grown fruits and vegetables, and to engage as a community.
We share in a passion that growing food is a way to better health in all disciplines: physical, mental, and spiritual. We encourage the land to thrive as open space, as a beautiful haven of native plants and flowers. We feed the bees, which in turn help feed us. We inspire the community to learn, to grow on their own. We learn to feed our families, and to appreciate the journey from seed to plate. We are a space to gather, to learn, and to grow.
Now accepting applications for 2019 season. Sign up today!
Summit Community Gardens’ mission is to build and strengthen our community by educating and empowering people to grow their own food sustainably. We achieve this through gardening education to adults and children, garden plot rentals, and community events.
The vision for this community-based garden is that it would serve as a destination to gather, learn, and grow.
Since 2015, Summit Community Gardens (SCG) partnered with Summit County, The Summit Land Conservancy, and Basin Recreation to create and operate a 1.5 acre garden located in the Snyderville Basin. This space is now home to 88 community garden plots, perennial demonstration beds, vegetable demonstration beds, a beehive, a kids’ garden, and a compost center.
Explore options such as use of a green house, cold frame, tunnels and row covers to extend our very short growing season. Design and plan a new garden and learn how to rotate crops to enhance production. Create a growing calendar to plan when to start seedlings indoors, transplant and establish succession sowings.
Let’s get started! In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to start seeds to be transplanted later in the spring. Each student will take home a flat of starts.
Learn how to create an easy and successful system for composting both at home and in the garden.
The Perennial Pollinator Class will go over the importance of our local pollinators and what we can do to protect them and help them thrive.
Learn how to prepare your garden for the growing season in a high altitude desert climate.
Learn how to create and maintain landscapes around homes, cabins and other buildings to reduce fire risk and its likeliness to spread, using less water and maintaining a visually beautiful landscape.
Thinking about starting a bee hive? This class will teach you how to get started raising bees as well as maintain and encourage the bees all year long!
This class takes students into the flower gardens of Summit Community Gardens to show how to efficiently and successfully harvest flowers.
In this class, students will learn tricks to harvesting difficult to harvest vegetables like potatoes and carrots. We will also go over what to look for when deciding to harvest garlic, as well as the most effective way to harvest, cure and clean garlic.
This class will show you ways to store root vegetables, allowing you to continue to enjoy your harvest into the fall and possibly even into the holidays!
Learn how to plant and prepare your garlic in the ground for the winter, as well as receive tips on how to maintain the growth of your garlic all year long.
As the season draws to a close, learn how to put your garden to bed with practices that will continue to enhance the health of your garden, even in the cold winter months.
Thinking about starting a bee hive? Winter is the best time to plan and purchase bees! This class will teach you how to get started raising bees as well as maintain and encourage the bees all year long! Date and location to be confirmed in early November.
If you enjoy cooking with fresh vegetables as much as we do, then this class is for you. Learn how to cook some of your favorite holiday dishes using fresh, local produce.