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Urban Farming

Salt Lake County's Urban Farming Division

Salt Lake County’s Urban Farming is geared towards creating and promoting a sustainable food system in the region by increasing the amount of nutritious and healthy food that is produced locally. Our Urban Farming initiatives provide resources and technical assistance to local producers and programs to increase local food production, food access to disadvantaged populations, and opportunities for our residents’ to understand where their food comes from.

With our vital agricultural lands vanishing at an alarming rate, Urban Farming integrates ecological, biological, economic, and social concerns by providing opportunities for our community to successfully create solutions for sustainable food production in an urban landscape. Our programs are models for alternative urban land use, connecting people to their food, their environment, and each other.

The 2013 Annual Report is here!

Final Report CoverCheck out what the Urban Farming program was up to during 2013!

Annual Report 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When to Plant?

Thanks to our partnership with USU, they have provided a list of times to plant in Utah. For more information, see their website or call the USU Diagnostic Clinic hotline at 801-451-3204. 

Group A:  Hardy 

(Plant as soon as the soil dries out in the spring.)  

Average Planting Date: March 15 – May 1

Artichoke                  Kohlrabi
Asparagus               Onions                      Rhubarb
Broccoli                     Peas                        Spinach
Cabbage                   Radish                     Turnip

Group B:  Semi-Hardy 

(Plant a week or two after “A” group or about two weeks before average last spring frost.)

Average Planting Date: March 20 – May 1

Beet                           Lettuce                      Potato
Carrot                        Parsley                      Salsify
Cauliflower               Parsnip                      Swiss Chard
Endive

Group C:  Tender

 (Plant on the average date of the last spring frost—about when first apples reach full bloom.)

Average Planting Date: May 5 – June 1

Celery                        Spinach
Cucumber                 Summer Squash
Dry Bean                   Sweet Corn
Snap Bean

Group D:  Very Tender

(Plant when the soil is warm, about two weeks after “C” group.

Average Planting Date: May 20 –June 10

Cantaloupe               Pumpkin
Eggplant                   Tomato
Lima Bean                Watermelon
Pepper                      Winter Squash

Group E:  Special Plants for Fall Harvest

                                                          Average Planting Date

Beets                                                 July 1 – August 1
Cabbage                                           May 1 – July 15
Kale                                                   July 1 – August 15
Lettuce                                              June 1 – August 1
Onion                                                 August 1 – August 10
Rutabaga                                          June 15 – July 1
Spinach                                             July 1 – August 15
Turnip                                                July 1 – August 1

 

Urban Farming Assessment Act FAQs

Take a quick survey to see if you qualify

If agricultural property were taxed at market value, farming would be economically prohibitive for most producers because property taxes would increase several fold. Voters approved this constitutional amendment to encourage retention of land in agriculture and to protect productive farm lands.

To qualify for UFA, your plot must be:

  • 2-4.99 acres
  • Planted in irrigated food crops on all acreage that you are applying for UFA from 2 acres to 4.99 acres.
  • Food crops are produce only. Field crops such as wheat and barley do not count, nor do hay or corn grown for animals.
  • In agricultural use for at least two (2) successive years immediately preceding the tax year in which application is made
  • If land has already been assessed as Greenbelt (Farmland Assessment Act) for 2 years, and the use is irrigated food crops, those 2 years will count as the qualifying period.
  • Land under agricultural buildings and facilities will count towards acreage if they are used for storage of the irrigated food crops or to store equipment used for the production of the irrigated food corps. Land under agricultural buildings used for any other purpose such as barns for animals will not count.

Changing the use of the parcel from irrigated food crops will trigger a rollback of taxes for up to ten years. Rollback taxes will equal the Fair Market tax on that property minus UFA tax (the reduced tax you paid under the Urban Farming tax).

If the property is sold to someone who wants to continue the irrigated food crops, they can sign an affidavit and continue under UFA without paying back taxes at this time. However, they need to understand they will be assuming the rollback taxes for up to 10 years if they change the use even though they did not own the property for the entire 10 years.

Is there an element of the Urban Farming Assessment Act that keeps you (a landowner with between 2-4.99 acres) from applying? Do you have other questions about the act?

Comments and questioned can be emailed to Susan Yoshinaga.


Handbook coverRead through our 2013 Implementation Handbook to learn about:
  • Commercial Farming Program
  • Parks for Produce/ Community Gardens
  • Jail Horticulture Program
  • Biofuel Program
  • Refugee Gardens
  • Environmental Health Sustainability Garden
  • Benefits of all the programs
  • Contact information for each program
Click on the Addendum documents below to get further information about application and contract processes: 

 

Addendum 1: Commercial Farming RFP Example (1.01 MB)

Addendum 2: Wasatch Community Gardens Contract Example (961 KB)

Addendum 3: Community Garden Application Example(110 KB)

 

PROGRAM HISTORY
Commercial Farming on underutilized County Lands.

In the fall of 2010 the County leased land to local farmers. This land will someday be used for parks, but at the time was literally growing weeds. Under the County's Urban Farming program, the land is being put to a better use, until revenues improve and the parcels can be developed.

 

Read the report presented to the County Council on August 30, 2011. Urban Farming Program Highlights 2011

See the Power Point presented to County Council on August 30, 2011. Urban Farming Update to Council

To buy the produce, contact:

  1. bells@bellorganic.com to participate in Bell Organics weekly CSA.
  2. Go to the Downtown Farmers market to purchase Cottage Greens produce, grown by Diane and Jerry Jones.
  3. Stop by Cottage Greens leased property on Thursdays from 8 to 3 to purchase fresh from the garden. The address is 13800 South 323 East in Draper.
  4. Go to one of Thayne Tagge's road side stands or participate in the weekly CSA. www.taggesfamousfruit.com to get a list of locations.
Meet the Farmers

Tagges Famous Fruit has leased approximately 7 acres north and east of the Holladay Lion's Recreation Center. 

taggefieldjune

Thayne and Cari Tagge have been farming along Utah's Fruit Row in Perry for several years (one of their orchards is pictured above). They are excited to have property close to their home in Holladay and to provide residents with fresh locally grown produce. 

Wheadon Farm in Draper will be the site of farming for Bell Organic Gardens and Cottage Greens Farm.

 

Bell Organic Farms

 

Read more about Salt Lake County's Urban Farming Initiative.

 

Two additional parcels in South Jordan and West Jordan cities are under negotiations. 

 

 

Cottage Greens Farm


In 2009 Salt Lake County began a new Urban Farming Initiative. Publicly owned lands that are currently lying fallow will be considered for lease for the purposes of growing fruits and vegetables.

 

 

The purpose of Salt Lake County’s Urban Farming program is to:
• Preserve agricultural land to meet the nutritional needs of 
   present and future generations  and support local farmers
• Protect our local food supply
• Better utilize County lands
• Promote the use of biofuel production on non-
   traditional agronomic lands
• Provide agricultural-based economic development opportunities
• Preserve vistas and landscapes
• Promote a healthy lifestyle and improved nutrition along the Wasatch Front 

Contact Julie Peck-Dabling 385-468-1811, or email.