After a major reboot and grand re-opening last summer, Summit Community Gardens (SCG) has been busy providing a destination for the community to gather, grow, and get to know each other through garden-oriented, family-friendly events. The gardens, located just off of Highway 224 where Miss Billie’s Preschool used to stand, serves as a place for locals to visit and experience the best of what growing food has to offer. This includes space for people to plant their produce, garden maintenance, and educational programs. To support this work and further introduce what Summit Community Gardens does for Park City, SCG is hosting a "Seeds of Change" fundraiser on June 5 from 6 - 9 p.m., featuring food, prizes, and a live auction.
Support for the community garden has been apparent since the inception of the newly renovated space. So says Ken Kullack, Summit Community Gardens executive director. "Before we built a new community garden two years ago, we wanted to make sure that Park City still felt they needed one. When we reached out, and overwhelming 88 percent answered that they felt a community garden was important or very important to the community," Kullack says Ken Kullack. "As an organization, we feel it's important for people, especially kids, to learn how to grow their own food and understand where food comes from. It helps people live a healthier lifestyle by eating healthier foods and being more active outdoors."
"Seeds of Change" will be hosted at the popular eatery Vessel Kitchen in Kimball Junction. Chefs there have prepared a special menu for the occasion that will include a gourmet cheese platter, pass-arounds, and an appetizer buffer full of their tasty signature dishes, including the Ladneh Toast (sourdough, roasted grapes, pea tendrils, honey and shaved almonds), Little Beet (sourdough, goat cheese, smoked beet spread, arugula, miso and nigella), and Crunchy Gold (brown rice, caramelized onion, pulled chicken, spicy granola, mediterranean salsa, spicy avocado, cilantro). Mix and mingle to the live music from Wyatt Pike, a talented local student aspiring to be a professional musician, and grab a drink from the cash bar stocked with a variety of beer and wine options, as well as soft beverages. You'll also have a chance to walk away with some great prizes from the opportunity drawing and live auction. Prizes include a 3-course dinner for four at The Farm, four summer day passes and a 1-night stay at Deer Valley Resort, and more. Tickets for the event are $75 and all proceeds directly benefit the Summit Community Gardens and their programming. Register for the event here.
Even if you can't make it to "Seeds of Change," the gardens are open to the public daily from sun up to sun down. Opportunities to get involved with SCG include helping out during one of the season's work days or signing up for a specific project--or you can just come in whenever you want to help complete necessary tasks. Find out more about SCG's volunteer opportunities here. See you there!