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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kale grows at Cannon Greens Community Garden in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — Eight new parcels of city-owned and managed land for the development of community gardens were announced on Thursday.

The new parcels will expand the current two-garden Green City Growers program to ten plots. The announcement also coincides with local celebrations for Food Day, a nationwide movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

In an ordinance amendment that was unanimously passed by the Salt Lake City Council earlier this month, eight designated parcels were indentified for community garden access. Residents are encouraged to review the available parcels on SLCgreen.com and, if interested, to complete an application for the organization and creation of a community garden.

Applications are due by Dec. 1.

“Salt Lake City recognizes the important role community vegetable gardens play in supporting our local food system,” said Mayor Ralph Becker. “We are delighted to offer these parcels – two acres of previously idle land now dedicated to community agriculture.”

Salt Lake City works directly with Wasatch Community Gardens and community members to develop gardens within City limits. Wasatch Community Gardens is a community-based nonprofit that has served the community for over 25 years.