Grow Utah First: Class Act

| September 21, 2012

Based on Time Bank concepts of exchanging time and talent as a way to build caring community economies, Grow Utah First is a statewide initiative that seeks to promote sustainable living. Taking an interdisciplinary approach of art, education, and environmental sustainability, this private-public partnership aims to grow all the food consumed in Utah in Utah, making the food accessible and available for everyone. By engaging people with different skills – from growers to grant writers to retailers – to exchange their talents in exchange for food, healthcare, services, or to help farmers expand their outreach.

Check out their model for sustainability, as well as their project, Nourish Solar Food Farms, locally-grown year-round gardens using permaculture models.



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Category: Global Potluck, Kids & Food

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  1. What a great idea and something everyone can get involved in!

  2. Beth says:

    I think every region is really trying to promote its own produce as much as possible. It’s a win for everybody!

  3. Erica says:

    It is a wonderful idea! I love supporting local produce!

  4. Sharon says:

    This is a very interesting concept. It reminds me of the old days where people really exchanged their own crafts, farmed produce or livestock, and services for other goods.

  5. Amy Tong says:

    What a meaningful project. I think all the States should follow and do the same. It makes lots of sense.