Spring has arrived in the Salt Lake valley and we’ve been busy preparing the USU Extension Demonstration Teaching Garden at Wheeler Historic Farm for its GRAND OPENING.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 9:30 AM as part of a full-day festival called Farm Fest!

Wheeler Farm Fest is a day of farming fun and education for the whole family!  Enjoy food,  live music entertainment, informational booths, free activities throughout the day as well as free tours of the historic farm house, sheep shearing, spinning, and blacksmith demonstrations and wagon rides.This year’s festivities will include USU Extension specialist and faculty onsite to provide expertise and research-based information on a variety of Backyard Homesteading topics, including, but not limited to, bee keeping, berry growing, pollinators, and backyard chickens.

Farm Fest animals

Bring the whole family to Wheeler Historic Farm (6351 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84121) next Saturday and drop by the Extension booths for fun youth activities and educational opportunities or just come stroll through the garden to find out what it has to offer:

Demo Garden Map

What is the USU Extension Demonstration Teaching Garden?

This garden was created in 2013 to teach people of all ages about edible gardening and native plants that grow well along the Wasatch Front. The unifying theme of the garden is ‘Integrated Pest Management’ (IPM) which emphasizes selective use of chemicals so beneficial insects, such as pollinators and natural enemies, are conserved in the ecosystem. 

IPM Sign

What makes it unique?

It features native plants that early settlers would have seen as they traveled through Utah. The garden beds were designed so plants with similar water needs are grouped together.

 Who cares for the garden?

This garden was constructed and is cared for by USU Extension Master Gardener volunteers. In the past 3 years, Master Gardeners have donated over 1,200 volunteer service hours at the garden. Thank you!


Who has contributed the this garden? 

  • USU Extension
  • Fire Forestry & State Lands
  • Millcreek Gardens
  • Western SARE
  • USU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
  • Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation
  • Wheeler Historic Farm
  • Jacobsen Irrigation Design
  • Grow Wild Nursery

We look forward to seeing you there!


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