The Back-Farms program connects volunteer Garden Apprentices with senior citizens to build, cultivate, and maintain organic gardens in their back yards at no cost to the senior.

How the Program Works

Each senior homeowner’s garden is assigned a “Garden Apprentice” — a volunteer who, while caring for the garden and getting to know the senior, is learning how to garden from one of our expert garden staff. The garden apprenticeship is for the entire growing season.

The produce that is grown in each garden is shared between participating seniors, Garden Apprentices, and Free Farm Stands at senior centers across Salt Lake County.

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Stats 2019






Pounds of Food grown


Volunteer Hours

How to Support This Program

We now offer home vegetable garden consultations.

Pursue your gardening dreams by selecting one of our consultation packages. In doing so, you are directly sponsoring a garden for a local senior citizen at their home while receiving expert advice about your own garden.

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Join the volunteer team!

We love our volunteers and would love to have you join us! There are many ways you can volunteer–from picking fruit to helping in a garden to sitting on a committee.