Community Building Through Community Gardens

To say that community gardens are growing in popularity along the Wasatch Front is a bit of an understatement.  “Empty” parcels all over the valley are being repurposed to facilitate food production, and many groups have found that social connections are an added benefit to gardening as a community. The Deseret News published a story[…]

Salt Lake County Economic Development Best Practices; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA worked with LYRB and Salt Lake County planning and economic development staff to create  a new “Best Practice” document to guide future economic development in the region. This document was added to the Best Practices document developed in 2008 by VODA, CRSA, and others for inclusion in Salt Lake County’s Township General Plans. The Economic Development Best Practice focuses on specific funding mechanisms that will best assist local governments in ensuring development is guided and sustainable.   In 2010 the Township General Plans were awarded a “plan development” award by the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Sugar House gardens thrive where tennis players once did

The article below was published recently on the Sugar House Community Garden, a project VODA has been volunteering with in recent months. By TONY SEMERAD The Salt Lake Tribune First published Jul 05 2011 Its plants and fertile beds may be temporary, but the Sugar House Community Garden could have a lasting effect on how[…]

Frog Bench Farms Groundbreaking!

On May 11, 2011 VODA took part in the much anticipated groundbreaking for Frog Bench Farms, a new urban farm project on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley.  Already a year in planning, this project will include agricultural production facilities in the heart of Salt Lake City.  With food production increasingly at the[…]