Did you hear who’s behind the plants for the Wasatch Community Gardens Plant Sale Fundraiser this Saturday May 12th? More than 20,000 of the annual vegetables and tomatoes are now being grown by their very own Green Team Crew!  The sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Rowland Hall School, 720 S. Guardsman Way (1580 East) in Salt Lake City.greenteam2

The Green Team Crew is a program that is teaching homeless women life skills while providing food for low-income children, and supporting our community.

Seedlings were grown at the Green Team’s greenhouse located at 622 W 100 S in Salt Lake City.  The operation is managed by Wasatch Community Gardens  in partnership with Advantage Services  and the Downtown Alliance on land owned by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City.

Started in 2016, the Green Team Farm Project is a farm-based job training program that aims to simultaneously revitalize an underutilized urban area while providing opportunities for women who are facing homelessness. During the 10-month program, participants learn basic organic gardening techniques, intensive vegetable production strategies, small farm management expertise, and other job skills.

greenteam3The goals of the Green Team Farm Project are:

  • Facilitate permanent employment and housing for the women participating in the program.
  • Increase healthy food access for low-income individuals and families in the Salt Lake Valley by selling the produce to nonprofits that serve these populations.
  • Create a vibrant community space and increase community involvement by revitalizing this underutilized urban area.

Proceeds from the plant sale are helping to provide the necessary funds for this organization to empower people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.

The effort is a result of innovation and creativity in trying to solve the issue of homelessness and workforce needs and it’s not something that could have been by one single agency.

Earlier this year, Salt Lake City leaders also launched a Framing Assistant Training Program to also help people get back on their feet. It’s a six month framing skills program designed to place them into in-demand Salt Lake City construction jobs. The pilot program provided apprentices with up to six months of free housing, a month-long intensive training in framing for the construction industry, and the “soft skills” needed to land and keep a job.

The Green Team and Pilot Construction Programs are efforts where passionate people are stretching their creative roots to respond to the crisis of homelessness in the Salt Lake Valley.

Want to help? Get involved with these outstanding programs today by volunteering your time and resources. We’re happy to help you connect, call (801) 535-7200 or email ed@slcgov.com.