2-1-1 Spotlight: Community Gardens

Every day, 2-1-1 Information and Referral helps people find vital health and human services. The 2-1-1 database houses over 9,000 services from over 2,500 different nonprofit and government agencies. Two community gardens in Northern Utah are an example of the variety of information we provide: Oasis Community Garden in Weber County and Box Elder Community Garden in Brigham City.

Oasis Community Garden is a 1.7-acre garden in central Ogden that is an ongoing project of the Junior League of Ogden. The garden features open space, teaching gardens, community garden plots, and a gathering area for group functions, including classes on garden-to-plate nutrition. Oasis offers a place where individuals can learn how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare healthy food. Its design integrates landscape ecology, food production, and community engagement. Garden plots are available to all community members to reserve for a season for a small fee (which can be waived when necessary). Garden workshops are offered all summer, as well as ‘Oasis Summer Nights’ in August. 

Box Elder Community Garden is located in Brigham City, UT. They offer 4-foot by 20-foot raised-bed garden plots to community members for a small fee. All gardening is free from pesticides and herbicides, and there is a built-in, timed drip irrigation system. Free gardening classes are offered to anyone in the community throughout the summer, and gardeners are encouraged to grow an extra row for donation. Their mission is to unite the community through a love of gardening, support the local food pantry, and offer social, physical, and nutritional health to all involved.

Call 2-1-1 for details on these community gardens, or to find a similar resource near you!