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Press Release: Fairpark Celebration of Spring and Plant Sale

May 5th, 2018

Contacts: Tom King [earth4alllife@gmail.com] (801) 502-1991, Bryce Garner [brycewgarner@gmail.com], Josh Smith [jsfreebird67@gmail.com] (209) 200-0126] & Kevin Robertson [kevinrob4@gmail.com] (385) 312-4136

On May 5th, the neighborhood of Fairpark will be holding its annual Celebration of Spring and Plant Sale at Constitution Park located at 300 N 1300 W from 10 am until 2 pm. The event, which has become a west side staple, features the sale of vegetable and herb plants alongside workshops and community outreach. The types of plants sold will include: 20 varieties of tomato, 16 varieties of sweet and hot pepper, 3 kinds of eggplant, and 6 different herbs. This year, the community will also be providing free garden veggie seed packages (with 30 types of seeds) to plant at home, as well as ‘Snail Cage’ workshop (offering an insiders guide on how to prevent snails from eating small seedlings), and ‘Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow’ children’s activity (which includes free soil, seeds, pots and labels). In an effort to help boost attendance and increase the profile of the event, students from Professor Garcia‚Äôs Westside Studio at the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan Planning Department, will help advertise the event to Westside neighbors, to help foster an atmosphere of inclusion. Utilizing funding sources received from University Neighborhood Partners (UNP), the event will also include a natural climbing wall, suitable for most ages, as well as a nature-oriented scavenger hunt for children. According to UNP, each of these additional activities promote the organization’s principle goal of “a community coming together.”

The event is being organized by Fairpark community council member Tom King. King has stressed the importance of ensuring the event promotes awareness of the environment and the impact it has on our lives. A “lot of families like mine have been planting vegetable gardens at home. Edible gardens are not only a great way of producing local food, while supporting healthier living, but also the advancing of regional sustainability. Gardening reconnects us with nature. I am a gardener, who loves sharing this wisdom with others.”