Back-Farms connects volunteer Garden Apprentices with senior citizens to build, cultivate, and maintain organic gardens in their backyards, providing a hands-on educational experience, connections, and fresh, local produce to all participants.

How Back-Farms Works

Volunteers apply for season long Garden Apprenticeships and are then matched with a senior participant’s garden. As Garden Apprentices, volunteers care for the garden and get to know the seniors, while learning how to garden from our experienced garden staff.

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

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Stats 2020




Seniors Served


Volunteer Hours


Pounds of Food Grown

How to Support This Program

We now offer home vegetable garden consultations.

Let us help you create your dream garden when you select one of our garden consultation packages. In doing so, you are directly sponsoring a garden for a local senior while receiving expert advice about your own!

Emily with harvest (1)
tomato harvest at Joanna;s
Jaina with turnips

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.

Tucker with a turnip