Our New Roots community garden program worked with the Burmese Karen/Karenni Boy Scout Troop of Utah, a troop consisting solely of refugee boy scouts, to build out the garden infrastructure at the new Central Valley Garden.
Over three days, three Boy Scouts completing their eagle projects led their troop to contribute over 200 volunteer hours of work at the garden space. Their projects focused on setting up the irrigation system, laying the garden beds, establishing pathways and building the tool storage shed. In addition to their volunteer hours, the troop raised material donations to complete the pathways and supply the storage shed with gardening tools.
The garden was developed in partnership with the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility (CVWRF) located at 800 W Central Valley Road in South Salt Lake. CVWRF board members who volunteered with New Roots previously reached out to our community garden program to offer a fallow employee garden space for redevelopment. The location combined with ease of access from public transportation makes the garden ideal for many in the refugee community.
With the help of the Boy Scout troop, the Central Valley Garden now has the capacity to host up to 48 families, making it the largest refugee-focused community garden in the city. It will join a local network of 14 gardens including New Root's Central Park Garden, the Canyon Rim Community Garden, and 12 Wasatch Community Gardens. This year, New Roots will host 117 families in community gardens, 48 of which are new to the program.
Learn more about our community gardening program and ways to support refugee gardeners by reaching out to our New Roots Program Manager, Jordan Bryant, at Jordan.Bryant [at] Rescue.org.