Refugee gardeners need your help
Published: March 21, 2012 08:22AM
Updated: March 21, 2012 09:18AM
Photo by Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune B.U.G. Farms owner Sharon Leopardi tends to a backyard garden in Salt Lake City Wednesday March 30, 2011. With Backyard Urban Gardens, Leopardi borrows garden space from residents who have big backyards but lack the inclination to garden themselves. In return for providing the land and the water, the residents get a share of the produce that is grown. All the food that is left, Leopardi sells as part of her CSA -- community supported agriculture program.

You’ve heard of a Flash Mob, but how about a Farm Mob?

On Saturday, March 24, Slow Food Utah is hoping to get as many volunteers as possible to help the New Roots Refugee Garden prepare for spring.

Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garden, 3060 S. Lester St. (3100 S. Redwood Road), West Valley City. Light lunch provided by Roots Cafe.

The community garden offers plots and entrepreneurial training to refugees who are trying to make new lives for themselves in Utah. It’s a partnership between Salt Lake County, the Utah Refugee Coalition and the International Rescue Committee.

If you plan to help please RSVP to