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New community garden dedicated in Salt Lake City

Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 7:58 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 7:58 p.m. MDT

Lily Munson, 4, skips away after interrupting Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's speech to give him flowers during the dedication of the Popperton Plots community garden in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Popperton Plots community garden in Salt Lake City was dedicated on Friday.

Mayor Ralph Becker, Jeramy Lund of the Community Foundation of Utah and Ashley Patterson of Wasatch Community Gardens dedicated the gardens at 360 N. Popperton Way (1400 East).

“Salt Lake City recognizes the important role community gardens play in supporting our local food system,” said Mayor Becker. “We are delighted to dedicate Popperton Plots, the first community garden to open under our expanded Green City Growers program.”

This spring, Green City Growers was awarded $50,000 in grant funds to support the development of two new community gardens including Popperton Plots. The award included $25,000 from the Local Sustainability Matching Fund, a Partners for Places project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. The Community Foundation of Utah provided the $25,000 grant match and will manage permanent endowments.

“We are committed to sustainable nonprofits and sustainable communities, and this project is a demonstration of both,” Lund said.

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