Wasatch Community Gardens started as Wasatch Fish & Gardens. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the group ran a program known as “The Fish Project.”
“The carp in Utah Lake was an introduced species,” says Executive Director Ashley Patterson, so the group would take the carp out of the lake and sell it. The demand for carp went down, and the group became Wasatch Community Gardens.
As a nod to its earlier incarnation, the open house will feature carp tacos, with the fish coming from Utah Lake. There will also be pulled pork tacos from Christiansen Farms, and the Special Anniversary Ale, called Bumble Beer, from Squatters for $5 a bottle.
This free event coincides with the Love UT Give UT Day of Giving. Donations for the Wasatch Community Gardens will be accepted.
Wasatch Community Gardens focuses on three areas:
- Community Garden Project consists of 34 gardens 13 of which are managed by the Wasatch Community Gardens.
- Youth Programs that include after school programs, field trips and summer camps. About 90 percent of the children served are considered low income.
- Adult education, which includes classes on organic gardening, composting and canning.