Jackson Elementary Community Garden; Salt Lake City, UT

Here at VODA we’re passionate about the power of community gardens. A community garden is not only a place to grow healthy, nutritious food, but also a place where people learn about the earth’s systems and cycles, where a deeper understanding of our connection to the earth can be instilled, and also a place where[…]

Sustainability Means Local Food

Many people easily associate sustainability with energy efficiency, recycling, biking, public transportation, solar power, hybrid vehicles, and even shopping at local businesses, but few readily associate sustainability with food.  How and what we eat as a community has a major impact on long-term sustainability.  “Eating locally” is more than just a pleasant aphorism for the[…]

In Progress: Frog Bench Farms

Despite the weather turning wet and cold, things are still progressing on an exciting project here in Salt Lake City that VODA’s been working on for more than a year.   Located in the foothills of Salt Lake, this project is spearheaded by a couple of visionaries working to develop a new residence and urban farm.[…]

APA Utah Urban Agriculture Presentation

VODA presented the latest planning issues related to urban agriculture today to the membership of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association on Monday, August 8, 2011 along with staff planners from CRSA, Kelly Gillman and Susie Petheram. Below is additional information from the presentation for those interested in how agriculture must play a[…]

Salt Lake City Community Food Assessment

VODA is excited to announce that we’ve been selected to develop a community food assessment for Salt Lake City. We are teaming with Robin Carbaugh, of Carbaugh Associates, and Scott Murray, of Murray Farms to analyze the food systems of Salt Lake City, including all producers, processors, distributors, and consumers of food within a 200[…]

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[…]

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[…]