NORTH SALT LAKE CITY -- A new community garden is giving North Salt Lake City residents a place to grow vegetables and flowers -- and reap the rewards of healthy, affordable produce.
The Orchard Community Gardens are designed to give residents a way to eat fresh, locally grown food, said project co-chair Keb Brady.
"It's a way for residents not to be so reliant on distant food sources," Brady said. "How many of us are eating grapes that come from Chile? Plus, in this economy, a lot of families are looking for a way to supplement their diets on a budget."
The raised plots are available in two sizes, four-by-eight feet for $20, and four-by-four feet for $10 per season.
The larger plots are all rented for the 2010 season, said community garden co-chairwoman Alice Roberts.
The gardens will also feature a xeriscaping-design showcase to give residents ideas of how they can attractively xeriscape their own yards.
On Saturday, a grand- opening celebration will be held at the gardens. Participants are invited to bring their gardening clothes and equipment and help get the gardens ready for the summer season.
Roberts said she hopes the gardens will become a gathering place for families and individuals from throughout the city. "We want to get people excited about gardening, and we want to get people out in the community," she said.