Popperton Plots - the Avenues Community Garden
May 2016 Update: We are beginning our third growing season at Popperton Plots!
Thank you to all who have volunteered at our recent planting party, and to Wasatch Community Gardens for allowing us some of the seedlings from the annual plant sale last weekend.
Here is how the garden looks on May 11, 2016
Thank you Mark Molen at VODA Landscape Design for the initial layout of Popperton Plots:
Thank you Salt Lake City for the use of the site, and for the assistance by Public Utilities and Parks personnel.
What's Next? - The water main broke and is going to be fixed soon by Salt Lake City Parks personnel. In the meantime you will need to take your own water for your plot.
Fees and how to get a plot:
Attending an organizing meeting or a garden work session is the best way to get on the preferred list for applying for a garden plot.
To register to be a gardener at Popperton Plots: If you have not already done so, please Sign Up Here on the Wasatch Gardens registration page. This puts you on the list of people interested in having a plot at Popperton Plots.
When plots are available, gardeners will be sent a link where you can pay the $30.00 individual plot fee.
Please note that at this time we are only developing half of the entire site. This is our Phase I effort. Until the remaining space is developed in Phase II, there may be a wait list for a plot at Popperton Plots.
The Popperton Plots Mission Statement
"Our mission is to grow healthy food and cultivate relationships through sharing local resources, knowledge and a diverse community."
The Popperton Plots Rules for Gardeners
CLICK HERE for our rules sheet that was adopted by our gardener group. All decisions at Popperton Plots are being made collectively by the group. Thanks to everyone for their participation in this process.
Donations and our wish list
The garden will gladly accept donations of gardening tools or money to cover our startup expenses.
Our wish list: #1 item is funds to purchase a pergola. The estimated cost for our central gathering space pergola is $3500.
Would you or your company like to sponsor the pergola?
Please call any of the garden organizers to arrange pick up of tools or to discuss sponsorship ideas.
James Woolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) 801-259-3297,
Michael Hughes (email@example.com) 801-859-5858,
or Gwen Springmeyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) 801-673-1944.
Cash donations are tax deductible, and can be sent to: Greater Avenues Community Council, PO Box 1679, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, or to Wasatch Community Gardens, 824 S 400 W, Suite B127
Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
Please be sure to memo Popperton Plots on your donation.
CLICK HERE to donate directly on the Wasatch Community Gardens website.
The story of Popperton Plots - the Avenues Community Garden
In 2013 the City announced it had set aside space in several city parks for community garden use. One of those sites is in Popperton Park, shown below. The Avenues Community Council formed an Avenues Community Garden committee, and requested the garden committee apply to use the Popperton Park site. The City requires any garden in the new city park lands to be under the oversight of Wasatch Community Gardens.
Wasatch Community Gardens accepted our application to undertake a new project, and after we provided evidence of community support, Popperton Plots was born! Garden committee members attended Wasatch Community Gardens leadership training which taught us a concensus-based decision making process. At the same time we held a series of organizational meetings to get where we are today.
The garden committee, made up of volunteer organizers and people interested in garden plots, has chosen the following name for the Avenues Community Garden:
"Popperton Plots - The Avenues Community Garden." The garden site is shown below, and is located on Popperton Park Way to the north and east of Shriners Hospital for Children.
The site, which is approximately 1/3 acre, or 50 by 350 feet, has an unobstructed view of the entire Salt Lake valley, and we hope to make it a showpiece community garden.