Surprisingly, The Beehive hasn’t featured its namesake until now! But we couldn’t wait any longer. These insects, and the living structures they build are crucial to our environmental health – especially the food supply. The Wasatch Beekeepers Association is an organization of people that encourages a hive in every backyard, providing community, education and support for newcomers and old hands alike.
There is a therapeutic benefit to being outside and putting the time and effort into growing food. For a group of men in the Salt Lake County Jails, their time in the jail’s gardens helps them serve their time in a productive way, trains them as master gardeners, and prepares them to work in the green industry after they are released. You can visit the Salt Lake County Jail Horticulture program at their booth at the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market.
The newest player in the local food scene is Artists for Local Agriculture, an organization started by a musician who was reading about industrial farming while on tour, existing on a gas station food diet. With community art gardens, and a starving artist program that provides fresh produce, the organization is weaving together the creativity of plant growth with the creativity of artistic production.