Founded in 1999, the .72 acre residential garden at 4815 Skyline Parkway,Ogden UT is the brainchild of Wes Groesbeck. He is a Master Gardener who owns and manages the garden using the biointensive method of organic horticulture developed by Alan Chadwick and made popular by one of his student's John Jeavons, who wrote the book, How to Grow More Vegetables, first published in 1974.
Since 2008,with seven families first joining the garden,Ogden's first Community Supported Agriculture garden was created. It can now support 18 families. Member families pay $300 for garden expenses during the 26 week mid-April through mid-October growing season. This averages out to $11.54 per week. There is also an initial deposit of $200.00 to secure your membership in the garden for the current garden season or for the upcoming season that is retfundable if members participate in the scheduled
work parties and care for their assigned maintenance area. However, the deposit is not refundable to potential members that pay a deposit of $200.00 to secure their space for the next garden season and then change their minds at the last minute before the garden season starts in April.
After the garden is planted by the members in the Spring, they are expected to put in about 2.5 hours of work a week to maintain their assigned area from April through October. In return, they share the bounty of amazing flowers,herbs, fruits,and vegetables that the garden produces, harvesting whatever they like from all areas of the garden. Each month throughout the growing season, a potluck dinner is held in the garden where members share dishes and recipes prepared from the food grown in the garden.
During the 2012 growing season, the garden's output was more prolific than ever: The 67 annual growing beds supported 62 people. In 2013, there will be 70 annual growing beds,19 assorted fruit trees,12 perennial fruit and vegetable beds,10 mixed annual/perennial flower beds, and a large, new herb garden. 10 compost bins will be available to support members with a wider array of flowers fruits, herbs and vegetables. See the box to the left for a listing of what will be grown in the garden in 2013. The map below shows a basic layout of the garden (a more up to date version can be found on the Garden Map page). To see the details, you will probably want to download the PDF version on the Resources page, open it in Adobe or another PDF reader, and zoom to the level that works for you.