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2016 Live and Thrive Membership, Mission, Goals, Values

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, March 14, 2016

Live and Thrive

Sheryl McGlochlin

Providing many opportunities

 to be healthy and active outdoors.

To create new friendships,

to become self reliant & self sufficient. 

To work, play, eat and learn together

through outdoor adventures, 

recreation and community gardens.

Community Gardens

  • Created for working garden members to work often, gain valuable, hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge
  • Members receive all of the fruits of their labors
  • Established August 2007
  • 9 years of delicious, freshly-picked garden harvest, work, classes, workshops, new friends, etc.
  • Assortment of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers are grown
  • Membership open year round
  • Work and schedule is flexible
  • The more one works in the gardens, the more one learns, the more harvest one receives
  • FAQ for our Community Garden Group

Holladay A Garden, 2836 East Casto Lane 5060 South

  • 1200 sq. ft. high tunnel cold frame Greenhouse
  • Micro irrigation system
  • Additional outdoor gardens
  • Year round indoor garden

Holladay B Garden, 2225 East Fardown (6100 South)

  • Open March - November

South Jordan Garden, 11131 South 2865 West

  • Largest garden 
  • Open April - November

West Jordan Garden, 2881 West 7180 South

  • Open April - November
  • Irrigation system

Outdoor Adventures

  • Created to help members be active outdoors by learning, practicing and enjoying a variety of sports and survival skills
  • Members with a wide range of ability and skill are encouraged to attend
  • Members develop self reliance skills, new friendships, stronger, healthier bodies and minds
  • Established June 2003
  • 13 years of outdoor recreation, activities, classes, adventures, trips, etc.
  • Membership open year round
  • 400+ outings and events offered every year
  • The more one participates, the stronger and more confident one becomes.

Adventures & outings include: 

  • hiking
  • biking
  • downhill skiing
  • camping
  • snowshoeing
  • kayaking
  • stand up paddle surfing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • canyoneering
  • scuba diving
  • zipfy sledding
  • zip lining
  • photography
  • boating
  • wake boarding
  • water skiing
  • wake surfing
  • night walks
  • night hikes
  • swimming
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • gardening
  • emergency preparedness skills


Hands-on garden experience

  • Weekly opportunities to work in our gardens
  • Simple ways to try this at home
  • How to start small
  • Creating and finding containers
  • Working with raised beds
  • Discovering creative garden tips
  • Learning simple soil tests to try at home
  • How to amend the soil
  • Easy backyard composting
  • Mulch & manure
  • Learning what grows in each season
  • Growing from seed
  • Transplanting & hardening off
  • Buying starts
  • Finding, saving and storing seeds
  • Learning how to layout a summer, spring and fall garden
  • Easy year round planting tips

Outdoor Activities

  • Helping members to be active and stay healthy.
  • Opportunities to attend hundreds of outings each year. 
  • Events, outings, classes, and activities organized 52 weeks of the year.
  • Many opportunities and invitations to meet others and develop new relationships. 
  • Outings designed for easy to moderate skill levels.
  • Flexible and accommodating for a wide range of ability and age. 

Garden Treats

Treats may include smoothies, salads, desserts, snacks, main dishes, etc. 

Offered to members regularly as a token of our appreciation.

Members receive recipes, ideas and tips on how to use the harvest

Barter, Trade, Sell Services

  • Participating members write a list of their wishes, wants, desires, needs, etc.
  • Members are asked to share information regarding their talents, skills, education, background, expertise, knowledge, resources, and interests to help us get better acquainted and make connections with others.

Classes, Workshops, Demonstrations

  • Hands-on experience, work sessions, fairs, outings, events, etc. are just some ways members are able to learn and explore new sports or garden skills.
  • Attend often.  Learn a lot. 
  • Online calendars are updated often.

Urban Homesteading

  • Become more self reliant, self sufficient
  • Learn the 3 R’s of Sustainability:  Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Bee Keeping
  • Cheese making 
  • and much more….

Preservation Skills

  • Learn critical skills on preserving the harvest
  • Skills of canning, juicing, freezing, drying are taught

Self reliance skills

  • Learn how to be better prepared emotionally, financially, socially, physically, spiritually and mentally for upcoming challenges, trials, emergencies, hardships

Emergency preparedness skills

• Emergency Preparedness Quiz - How prepared are you?

• Organizing Financial Matters & Important Documents

• Preparing Financial Reserves

• Basic Rule of 3’s: 4 THREE’S to remember when planning for any kind of emergency

• Emergency Water:  Home Storage and Emergency Disinfection

• Finding Shelter. Being Storm Safe: Safe Havens in Heat Wave, Thunderstorm/Lightning, Hurricane, Tornado, Winter Storm

• Leaving or staying put: 1) a place to stay safe in 2) an evacuation

• Evacuation “To Go” Box

• 72 Hour Emergency Kit

• Basic First-Aid Supplies & Medications

• Emergency Vehicle Kit

• Youth Emergency Backpack

• Child Emergency Preparedness

• Floods

• Earthquakes

• 12 Step Preparedness Plan

• Clothing and Bedding Checklist

• Hand Warmers

  • Emergency Blankets

• Basics of Home Storage - Containers, what can be stored, how long to store food

• Food Planning Guide

• Three-month supply of food that is part of a normal daily diet

• Longer-term supply of basic food items

• Garden Planning Guide

• CERT - Where to find this training program (Community Emergency Response Team)

• Basic Survival Tips

• Animal First Aid Kit

• Water in an Emergency

• Food in an Emergency

• Power Outages - What to do

• Communication: ways to communicate w/ family after a disaster

• Family Emergency Plan

• Emergency “Porta Potty” Kit Contents

• Favorite Resources and Products

• Ham radios, benefits, becoming an operator

• Block captains, where to find one in your neighborhood, what they do, why you need to know

• Neighborhood Watch Programs - in your own neighborhood

• Dutch Oven and Outdoor Cooking - easy ways to practice Dutch Oven cooking skills in your own kitchen, simple recipes, dinner & instruction held in my Holladay backyard

• Camping trips

  • Camping classes

• Food Preservation - Samples

• Food & Water Storage Display/Demo

• Invites to community Emergency Preparedness Fairs

a 5 day Survival Backpack with 64 items (food, water, first aid, & warmth) available to purchase, $79 + tax.  Excellent starter kit that can easily be customized with more items to fit your personal needs.

On-the-job training opportunities

  • Seeking employment or volunteer opportunities in any of these related fields?  Let me know. 
  • Members have received job offers - in part from our positive recommendations, job referrals and endorsements.

Meal Planning

  • Learn ways to prepare and eat simple meals from garden produce.
  • Discover ways of storing food and how it saves you serious money grocery money.
  • Save serious money by learning how to wean yourself off grocery stores and restaurants.
  • Learn about and implement the “6-3-4 Meal Plan” (6 minute prep time, $3/meal, enough to feed a family of 4… or larger)

Greenhouses & Hoop Houses

  • Benefits
  • Difference between hoop houses & high tunnel cold frame greenhouse
  • Materials you need
  • Making a small, simple hoop house
  • Where to find and buy materials for ANY size hoop house or greenhouse
  • How to DIY

Back to basics

  • Getting motivated to learn and practice simple, easy, daily tasks you can do each day that help you get back to the basics.

Fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers

  • In addition to regular full time gardens, seasonal garden properties we acquire give us more fruits and vegetables.

Eating freshly-picked harvest

  • The downside to eating freshly-picked garden produce is never wanting to buy it from a store again!

Garden meals & easy recipes

  • Feeding garden members is something I love to do!
  • I love sharing garden meals or treats
  • It’s my way of expressing gratitude for the hard work members do. 
  • Come often and let me feed you!
  • All kinds of fun edible treats will come your way.

Planting crops year-round

  • Planting and harvesting crops happens the entire year
  • Learn where to plant, when to plant, how to plant, what to plant, etc.

Leadership & teaching opportunities

Interested in teaching opportunities? Tell me.

Leadership opportunities are always available.

Contact me.

Creative Nature Date Virtual Tour - Help wanted!

  • Question: What happens when you combine a Hiking Guide with a Creative Dating Instructor?  
  • Answer: A Creative Nature Date
  • As a hiking guide and past creative dating instructor I am always looking for the perfect date with a secret destination in nature. 
  • To qualify it has to be unique, easy-to-get-to, less traveled, inexpensive and very beautiful! 
  • These dates are perfect for any nature lover. 
  • The perfect companion is someone you love like a sweetheart, child, grandchild, friend, etc. 
  • Enjoy a memorable, fun, peaceful, private picnic! 
  • Creative dating destinations are all less than 1/2 mile hike from a trailhead, located in the Wasatch Mountains near the Salt Lake valley.
  • Help wanted: I need a videographer to help me create this virtual tour so I can share this with more people. Contact me if interested.

Garden Calendars: 

Calendar events are updated often


  • Be the first to know! Receive email notifications for updated and new garden work sessions, activities, outings, classes, workshops, etc. as soon as they are posted! 
  • Service provided for our Healthy Eating & Gardening Meetup group only
  • $5/year meetup fee for this service

Contact info:

Cell: 801-278-5313 - Call or text

Email: sheryl@liveandthrive.com

Website: liveandthrive.com

How to get started:

  • Go to GARDEN CALENDARS online - 2 calendars to view
  • Choose an outing to attend
  • RSVP via text or email - 
  • Attend a FREE garden outing (check us out first!)
  • Pick your membership - 3 memberships to choose from
  • You may upgrade to another membership anytime you like
  • Register online or in person
  • Come often - the more you come, the more you benefit!
  • When children are attending, let me know in advance (12 & under)


  • $100/person/year
  • $400/family/year
  • 12 month membership starting at time of registration
  • VIP member with first priority and access to harvest, meals, and all services.
  • Priority for harvest
  • Free classes, workshops, demonstrations, emergency prep. class, outdoor activities and outings, etc.
  • Harvest and meals are reserved for those who work in the our gardens


  • $35/year/person
  • Barter/Sell/Trade Membership
  • Membership starts at time of registration - good for 12 months
  • Limited amount of harvest
  • 1/2 price on classes, workshops, demonstrations
  • Harvest and meals are reserved for those who work in the our gardens


  • Contact me in advance to let me know if you would like to come and work for a little while or  come and take a short tour.
  • As always come and stay as long as you like.
  • RSVP if possible by text, email, etc. 

Support Live and Thrive Community Gardens!

Donations are always accepted.

Credit Card/Check/Cash Accepted

May 29 - See what's happening in our gardens

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, May 29, 2014

 Live and Thrive

Working Community Garden Group

Weekly Newsletter

What's happening in the gardens:

  • It's exciting, it's busy, it's peak season.
  • 100's of tomatoes and many other crops have been or will be planted very soon.
  • Eight large gardens to work in.
  • 3 locations:  West Jordan, South Jordan, Holladay
  • Garden work and harvest distribution happening 6 days a week except Sunday.
  • No gardening in the afternoons due to the heat. ONLY mornings or evenings when it's cooler.
  • Spring crops are delicious and being harvested daily.
  • 70+ watermelon plants are growing in one of our gardens. 

Is it too late to join?  

What is the BEST WAY to hear the VERY latest and Stay In The Loop?

The very best way to stay in the loop while our garden season is in full swing - get my Text Messages!

Since things are happening so fast now, I can't update my online calendar or garden newsletter quick enough. We are working in our 9 gardens 6 days a week except Sunday (an agreement we have with the homeowners).

To keep you in the loop on a daily basis, sign up for our free Garden Text Messages, if you haven’t done so already. 

No worries if you don’t receive Text Messages.  See info below.

By receiving text messages, you'll hear the very latest on what's happening, which gardens we are working in, type of work to be done, type of food and harvest available, etc. 

FYI:  Food and harvest is distributed to ALL those who work in our gardens.  Always RSVP so we know how much to bring.

It’s easy to start receiving messages today.

Send me, Sheryl McGlochlin, a text at 801-278-5313. State your name and ask to receive Garden Text Messages from me. You’ll receive a confirmation text. 

When you receive messages from me to come and work and pick up harvest, ONLY respond IF you are able to come.  No need to respond if you can’t come. 

Once you have started working in our gardens, you will be placed on our VIP Text Message List which means you have a priority status and will be the first to hear what’s happening!

For those who don’t text

No worries!

Contact me either by phone or email to let me know WHEN you would like to work in our gardens.  If possible before contacting me, get familiar with the days and times of our group work sessions posted on my online garden calendar at liveandthrive.com.  Pick a day and time from our current schedule. 

Once I know when you are coming, you may just show up each week at the scheduled time and day. Bring a cell phone, if possible, so if you don’t see us immediately you can find out which nearby garden we are in.  

If you can’t attend for a week or longer, no problem, just let me know.

If your schedule doesn’t match up at all with our scheduled group work sessions posted online, it’s not a problem. Contact me to work out a time that will fit your schedule the very best. I’m flexible. 

You have TWO basic garden areas to work in.  Choose one or help us in both if you like. Areas include:  1) Holladay  2) South & West Jordan

What we are currently growing or will be growing soon:  

  • Bush and Pole Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Herbs i.e. basil, chives, oregano, sage, mint, rosemary, anise, thyme, dill, cilantro, etc.
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spring Mix
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Collards
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash - Summer & Winter
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomato
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon & other melons

Our mission

  • help people learn how to grow food
  • help people learn how to work outside in our gardens
  • help people receive plenty of delicious produce grown from our gardens

Weekly Group Garden Session includes:

  • Work
  • Tours & Open Houses
  • Harvest, food, meals

We are a hands-on, working community garden group.  All ages and abilities are welcome with plenty of flexibility on when and where you can work. Garden experience and knowledge is helpful but not required. If you love being active and trying new things, enjoy working outdoors, want to be more self reliant, have a passion to learn valuable gardening skills, want to meet other healthy-minded people, have a positive attitude and enjoy variety, love to eat freshly picked harvest that you helped to grow... then you’ll fit in well with our group!  To get started, register online or in person now and start receiving full benefits today OR attend as a visitor a few times, if you prefer.  As a visitor, come and take a quick tour or come ready to work with us for all or part of our group work session. Work with others who have similar abilities, interests and passions. After attending a few times, registration is required.  Our nine gardens are located in Holladay, South Jordan and West Jordan.  Work in all of them or just the one(s) you like.  Contribute in a way that works best for you.  Elderly members, for example, have been some of our best workers!  They are able to move the work along as they sit on a chair and work in our gardens!  Being in a garden is very therapeutic and working in one is even better!  I hope you’ll join us! 

My email: sheryl@liveandthrive.com

or text: 801-278-5313

Important Links: 

Garden Locations - PRINT

Garden Registration

Garden Calendar

10 things to know about our garden properties - PRINT

Garden Help Needed

Recommended Garden Textbook

Composting & Cleaning Up Your Garden

Become more Self Reliant

Where to find and purchase seeds

Video:  How I plant my Pea Garden

Planting the Seeds of Self Reliance

Online Garden Class

Peas - Our First Major Crop - Learn all about…

Be in the Loop - Receive Garden TEXT Messages

Those who receive text messages are many times the first to know details of what is needed and going on each week. Weekly emails are sent as well, which include additional information and of course check the garden schedule. To receive texts from me, please text me at 801-278-5313.  Leave your name and let me know you are a garden member who wants to receive text messages.

You will be amazed at how much just a few people can get done in less than an hour!

10 Things you should know about our Garden Properties

Sheryl McGlochlin - Thursday, January 30, 2014

1.  Who owns our garden properties?

"Holladay A Garden" is my home and garden property.  All other gardens are owned by private home owners who are very generous in letting us work in their gardens. Properties come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Gardens are in 3 locations in the Salt Lake valley:  1) Holladay  2) South Jordan  3) West Jordan.  Home owners provide land and water. We provide everything else including labor. Home owner's names and contact info are not included because garden members don't work with the home owners.  I work directly with the home owner, not the garden members.  

2.  Where to park?

As a basic rule when visiting any garden property, please show your respect by parking on the side of the street and not in their driveway. Don't block any neighbors's driveway either. Make sure you are completely off of their grass as well.  If there are special circumstances, I will explain it when the need arises. 

3.  Respect for home owners property

Respecting the entire property of the homeowner is always our top priority.  We need a strong partnership and trust with our home owners. Help us show respect by working and staying ONLY in the garden area and leaving everything else alone on their property. Parents who bring children are expected to teach them BEFORE entering a garden property about these basic rules.  Most properties always have something "fun or tempting" to play with. It may be horses, trampolines, etc. We are there for one reason - to work in the garden.

4.  Communication 

Think of me like an "air traffic controller or quarterback for a football team. We have a unique system of informing garden members of where to go and what to do. Garden members hear from me via the calendar, text message, etc. what is happening in the gardens and where to go.  I am also the only one who communicates directly with the home owners.  It's a good system that has worked well for us for several years.  If there is ever a problem or concern that you have contact me.  If the home owner has a concern, they contact me and I let you know. I personally oversee all of our gardens. Unless there is an emergency that a home owner needs to be aware of immediately, which is very rare, all communication needs to go through me.  I may assign a garden member to be a supervisor over a particular garden. Supervisors will also communicate with the home owner and with me.  Our desire is to not bother the home owner. Generally speaking, they are not involved with the work in our gardens. We give them harvest and talk with them when they come out to visit but don't ring their door bell and ask to use their bathroom, phone, etc.

5.  When can I visit and work in these gardens?

One garden property at a time will be opened during the late winter and early spring each year.  Once a property is opened it will stay that way until the end of the garden season (October or November). Find out what is happening in each garden through 1) weekly text messages  2) weekly emails  3) garden calendars. 

NOTE:  You are not allowed to visit any garden property without my permission in advance. There are set times that we work in each garden.  I'll inform you if there is additional work that needs to be done in a particular garden during the week. You would tell me when you could work, on your own, and we would go from there.  

6.  Do we work in all the gardens every week? 

No. Depending on what needs to be accomplished in a garden and how quickly the work gets done will depend on how often we work in each garden.  We can get a lot done in a 2-hour work session.  Not all gardens need attention every week. Make sure you stay in the loop and hear what is happening from week to week.  We communicate with garden members every week of the year.  Just know the info on the calendar may be updated within 24 hours of a work date, so check the calendar or text me before coming.

7. Are dogs and/or children invited on these properties? 

You are not allowed to bring any dogs or pets of any kind to any of our garden properties.  Home owners may have their own little dogs (which is rare) but you won't see them when we are there.  Some properties are better for children than others.  Please let me know in advance, if you are new, if you plan to bring children.  We are eager to have children learn more about gardening, but they need to follow basic rules like everyone else.

8. What about bathroom facilities?

Before you arrive, scout out the neighborhood for the nearest public bathroom OR I'll tell you.  Each time a new garden is opened I will inform you where the nearest bathroom facilities are.  Give yourself enough time to get there,  especially children who generally wait till the last minute to speak up. Remind them, in advance, they will not be using the home owners bathroom or property.  Also, bring your own water bottle, snack and cell phone since we don't disturb home owners by asking them for a glass of water or the use of their phone.  When you visit a garden property, you will be working with the group unless you have permission from me, in advance, to work at another time during the week on your own.

9. Should I get acquainted with the neighborhood?

YES!! It's always a fun thing to get familiar with the neighborhood that you are working in.  One of our properties last year had baby goats next door.  Without ever bothering these goats, we could always watch them in action which was very entertaining while we worked. Notice the views of the mountains, sunsets, parks and recreation facilities, chickens, cows, horses or other farm animals, gas stations, ice cream shops, schools, etc. It really is fun to get better acquainted with neighborhoods that are new to you!

10. What about inviting a friend to attend?

If possible, RSVP me in advance and let me know you are bringing a friend. Make sure they are also familiar with these rules.  Even if they come at the last minute please explain to them, in advance, that they are also obligated to abide by the same rules as all garden members.

Our top priority is to 1) keep everyone safe at all times 2) respect the home owner and their property.  

Garden News June 3 LOTS of Harvest Work Tours

Sheryl McGlochlin - Monday, June 03, 2013


  • Help members participate in growing their own food
  • Meeting others who have similar interests and passions
  • Get a great workout outdoors
  • Enjoy a long, abundant, delicious harvest season from now until November
  • Spend less time in a grocery store
  • Help members cut down and even eliminate processed foods from their diet
  • Save serious money on groceries by fixing meals made from garden produce
  • Teach your children how to eat and enjoy produce from our gardens
  • Help members receive plenty of food when they come and work with us in the gardens
  • Easily earn your $100 membership dues back from the money you save on groceries
  • Lose unwanted pounds by eating lots of fresh, wholesome, delicious food from our gardens

WORK TO DO:  JUNE 3 - 8  - SEE GARDEN CALENDAR for details on where to go & when

  • Pick LOTS of peas at BOTH East Side and South Jordan Pea Plantations!
  • Plant summer crops. June 8 - 15 are focused on planting summer crops.   
  • Lay black plastic in some gardens
  • Light weeding
  • Keep irrigation furrows clean and clear
  • Harvest spring crops i.e. salad greens, peas, etc.
  • Hill up potatoes
  • Till one East side garden
  • Install a drip line at our South Jordan E Garden


  • Farmer's Markets are fun to work at
  • Great way to satisfy your garden hours
  • Currently we have SO much food that we have plenty of harvest for garden members and customers. 
  • Having financial difficulty paying $100 membership dues? You may be able to satisfy this obligation as well.  Talk to me.
  • Help needed as early as this Saturday, June 8. 
  • Email me ASAP
  • Work with one other adult.
  • Duties include: booth set up and take down, greet and talk to customers, hand out Garden postcards, sell produce, etc.

PEA PICKING PARTIES are happening ALL THIS WEEK!!  We need you! 

  • Peas are coming on strong and ready to pick in BOTH South Jordan and Holladay Pea Plantations!
  • If possible, come to a scheduled group work session first, so you know what to look for, how big they should be, and socialize with us if you like.
  • Remember, prior to working in any of our gardens, we ask you to RSVP me first and let me know that you plan to attend. 
  • There are PLENTY of peas for everyone, so come!.
  • You'll pick for other members AND take a bunch home for yourself as well.  
  • We especially need children helping to pick peas in Holladay Gardens
  • In So Jo Pea Plantation Garden, we discourage children from working in the peas since there are so many exposed drip lines that are so easy to step on or trip over.  It takes us a long time to get the drip lines back in place once you've disturbed it.
  • Please be careful where you walk and watch out for these fragile drip lines.


  • Currently we have a LOT of Salad Greens available!  RSVP, stop by at your convenience, pick it up TODAY if possible, at my home in Holladay. 
  • Holladay address:  2836 E Casto Lane (5060 So.)
  • I keep it in a blue cooler, just outside my door.  
  • Text or email me in advance so I have plenty of food out there for you. 
  • Also, when you attend a Group Work Session, you will always receive produce. Make sure you RSVP so I bring plenty.
  • If you are working on your own in our gardens OR can't come to a group garden work session, let me know. 
  • Generally another garden member or one of my supervisors may be able to pick up produce for you.  Arrange to pick it up from them. 


Our West Jordan Garden is now part of our 5 South Jordan Gardens, making a total of SIX. 
We are starting to work 4 evenings a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) in these Gardens.
As often as possible, I will provide a pasta dinner on these nights for those who RSVP to work. 
Last Saturday night I prepared an Italian Pasta Dish and served our fresh salad greens with it.  SO delicious!  Even with only 8 people, in just a few hours we got a lot done in 3 gardens during that time.


are coming on in Holladay Gardens.  Help us pick peas and you'll get some strawberries.




 Let me know your schedule AND the area you are able to work:
Choose from either 
1)  South Jordan Gardens, which includes West Jordan Garden
2)  East Side Gardens (Holladay and East Millcreek)


Instead of being overwhelmed with the idea of several gardens, think of them as only TWO gardens: 

1) EAST SIDE GARDENS - which consists of 6 gardens: 2 East Millcreek Gardens, 4 Holladay Gardens
2) SOUTH JORDAN GARDENS - which consists of 6 gardens:  1 West Jordan Garden, 5 South Jordan Gardens

Welcome to the

Live and Thrive

Working Community Garden Group!

Free to join!

We are a hands-on, working community garden group with lots of flexibility! 

All ages and abilities are welcome.

Garden experience and knowledge is helpful but not required.

If you

  • love being active and trying new things
  • enjoy working outdoors
  • want to be more self reliant
  • have a passion to learn gardening skills
  • want to meet other healthy-minded people
  • have a positive attitude and enjoy variety
  • love to eat freshly picked harvest that you helped to grow...

then you will fit in well with our group!

How to get started: 

  • Contact Sheryl for instructions on how to start receiving full benefits!
  • Attend as a visitor a few times, if you prefer. 

As a visitor, come and take a quick tour or come ready to work with us for all or part of our group work session.

Work with others who have similar abilities, interests and passions.

After attending a few times, registration is required.  Struggling financially?  Payment plans are offered, if necessary. Contact Sheryl. See contact info at bottom of page.

Our nine gardens are located in Holladay, South Jordan and West Jordan.  Work in one location or all of them. It's up to you.

Contribute in a way that works best for you. 

Elderly members, for example, have been some of our best workers!  They move the work along as they sit on a chair and work in our gardens! 

Being in a garden is very therapeutic and working in one is even better!

I hope you’ll join us!

Garden Calendar

Weekly garden calendar updated often. Schedule increases during peak months

What members are saying

Videos, Articles, Recipes and the latest news!

Benefits include:

  • Valuable knowledge and experience in farming and gardening
  • Valuable self reliance skills
  • Less visits to a grocery store
  • Big savings on groceries
  • Tuition discount for healthy eating classes:  6-3-4 Meal Plan Classes
  • Learning how to eat less processed foods
  • Contributing in a variety of ways using your talents, skills and abilities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Working with experienced gardeners
  • Delicious harvest
  • Mini classes and demonstrations
  • Weekly garden tours
  • Membership in our Barter Group

Want a Tour?

  • We'd love to meet you!  Check GARDEN CALENDAR for dates and times.  Any time posted on the calendar will be a great time for a tour! Calendar dates increase as we approach peak season

EXTRA Perks!

  • Join early in the season
  • Join as a group of 12 or more, receive the 13th membership FREE!

2017 Garden Classes and Hands On Demonstrations

  • January: Intro to Garden Text Book, Winter Gardening in Greenhouses
  • February: Working in our Pea Plantation - a Vertical Garden, Protective Gardens, Starting Seedlings Indoors
  • March: Using Organic Matter, Soil Types, Garden Layout, Easiest Crops to Grow
  • April: Creating a Water-Wise, Weed-free Garden, Compost, Buying seed and plants: When, Where, How much
  • May: Tips on Planting, Tilling, Creating Furrows, Best Plant Food, Temperature & Sunlight Tips
  • June: Transplanting, Watering Tips for Irrigation, Drip, The do's and don'ts, More Planting Tips
  • July: Preserving the Harvest: Drying Methods, Water-Wise Tips, Keeping Plants Healthy
  • August: Preserving the Harvest Freezing Methods, Fall Crops to Get Planted
  • September: Harvesting Seeds for Spring, Preserving the Harvest: Canning Methods, Starting the Fall Clean Up
  • October:  Fall Compost, Preserving the Harvest: Easy Potato Cellar Methods, Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter, Part 1
  • November: Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter Part 2, Preparing a Garden for Early Spring Planting

January - November

Crops include

Spring Crops:

Radishes, Broccoli, Cabbage
Onions, Garlic, Peas
Dark Green Leafy Lettuces
Beets, Carrots, Cauliflower
Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard


Oregano, Basil, Garlic, Chives, 
and more…

Summer Crops:

Beans, Corn, Crenshaw
Watermelon, Cantaloupes
Pumpkins, Rhubarb, Eggplant
Squash - Summer and Winter
Peppers, Potatoes, Yams
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions
Strawberries, Grapes

Contact Info:

Sheryl McGlochlin
Live and Thrive



Cell Phone: 

Website Calendar:

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Receive email reminders here:  Healthy Eating & Gardening Meetup Group

No Group Garden Work this Easter Weekend

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I had to make an emergency family trip to Florida today, Wednesday, so I'll be gone for a few days.  

Most of our gardens are now planted with early spring crops.  We should be harvesting most of this food in mid April and early May. 

A big huge thanks to all those who have been helping us do all this work during the past month or so. 

East Millcreek Gardens will not be ready to plant until Saturday, April 6. 

100 lbs of potato seed are coming from Idaho and they won't be here until early next week either, which is when I'll be back home. 

Don't worry about the West Jordan Garden either until I get back.  

New 2012 Garden Orientation Video, will be posted by Feb. 1, 2012, with this info

Sheryl McGlochlin - Friday, January 27, 2012

Live and Thrive

2012 Community Garden Orientation

Garden with us in the...

  • Spring...
  • Summer...
  • Fall...
  • Winter...

Crops grown include:

  • Veggies
  • Fruits
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Bees
  • Chickens 

Benefits of gardening with our group…


  • Meet down to earth, interesting people
  • Engage your senses in meaningful work
  • Learn a new skill & talent
  • Savor the peaceful, quiet atmosphere of working in the garden alone
  • Develop valuable gardening skills
  • Save money on groceries
  • Enjoy getting back to the basics
  • Remember what REAL food tastes like
  • Eat healthier, wholesome foods
  • Help children develop a love for gardening
  • Experience the rewards of working hard
  • Enjoy clean, fresh air outside
  • Appreciate just being outdoors
  • Feel the dirt with your hands while connecting with nature's energy
  • Clear your mind
  • Gain new perspective on life's challenges
  • Rejuvenate your spirit
  • Escape from the computer, TV, bills, advertising, the news and other stresses
  • See, smell, feel and taste the fruits of your labors
  • Improve your physical, mental, emotional and social well-being
  • Taste the difference between store-bought food vrs. fresh, home-grown produce.


2 Garden Membership Options to choose from


  • Option #1: 
  •             Working Garden Membership
  •             Less expensive but volunteer hours are required.
  •             $50 per household per year (For 1 - 4 people)
  •             Receive 20 weeks of produce from our gardens
  •             Working members offer a minimum of 25 volunteer hours per year
  •             Services may include garden work or a variety of other creative jobs
  •             Members receive food year round when they come and help
  •             Working garden members learn how to grow their own food.
  •             Garden work doesn't mean you need to be on your knees in the dirt
  •             Attention is given to those with restrictions and physical limitations
  •             Additional help is needed with:
  •                         Running errands
  •                         Organizing and managing garden work and personnel
  •                         Secretarial work (may be done at home)
  •                         Computer work (may be done at home)
  •                         Talents and skills that are specialized and unique
  •             Garden work may consist of
  •                         Planting
  •                         Harvesting
  •                         Weeding
  •                         Tilling
  •                         Greenhouse work – cleaning, organizing, etc.
  •                         Tree pruning
  •                         Watering
  •                         Etc.
  •             20 weeks will include produce from our gardens
  •             Working members may receive additional food 52 weeks of the year
  •             Additional food comes from local bakeries that we trade with
  •             In an email, let me know about any talents, skills, abilities, limitations and in general - ways             you'd like to contribute to building a strong community garden group


  • Option #2:      
  •             CSA or Non-working membership
  •             No garden work is required
  •             CSA = Community Supported Agriculture
  •             $450 per 2 people
  •              Receive 20 weeks of produce from our gardens: June – Oct.
  •             CSA members may receive additional food 52 weeks of the year
  •             Additional food comes from local bakeries that we trade with
  •               CSA members may pick up food from a convenient designated location – see garden  locations



Garden locations


  • Holladay -  5000 So. 3000 E. area


  • Riverton -  12500 So. 1800 W. area


  • Taylorsville -  6200 So. 1300 W. area


  • South Jordan - 11100 So.  2800 W. area


  • West Jordan -  7000 So. 2700 W. area


  • West Valley City -  3500 So. 3000 W. area


  • Millcreek - 3300 So. 2700 E area AND 3300 So. Highland Dr area


NEW Gardens are added every year!


More about our gardens:


Season runs…


  • February through November – for some gardens
  • We begin opening and working in our gardens one at a time, starting in February
  • All gardens are open by April (weather pending). 
  • All gardens are closed by November 25th or Thanksgiving



Supervisors are appointed to oversee each garden


As we acquire additional gardens, more supervisors and teams are needed.

Tell me if you are interested in overseeing a garden


Size of our gardens:

  • Small gardens are approx. 30 ft. x 20 ft.
  • Medium gardens are approx.  60 ft. x 20 ft. 
  • Large gardens are approx.  60 ft. x 40 ft
  • Extra large gardens are 90 ft. x 80 ft.


About working in a particular garden:

YOU decide which garden you want to work in.


Members will:

  • Choose one of our gardens to work in
  • Take "ownership" of that garden
  • "Ownership" means care for that particular garden and not be "garden hopping".


NOTE:  There are times when your garden won't need much attention while another garden is in need of extra help.  You may help with another garden if you are available.


Before settling into one particular garden, you'll receive an opportunity to:



  • Tour the gardens as they become available
  • Get familiar with the location and sizes of each garden
  • Make a decision on which garden you want to work in
  • Contact me with your decision
  • Meet with the supervisor of your garden
  • Work as much or as little as you like
  • Help fellow members make it flourish
  • Get to know the home owner, who we partner with
  • Participate in and learn how to grow your garden which includes planting, growing, maintaining, harvesting, and eating all the food from "your garden".
  • The largest gardens produce an abundance of harvest, which is then shared with all garden members


Learn what types of produce we grow by viewing photos in our upcoming video


How much food will I receive?

  • A lot IF you come 
  • Working garden members: come often, work and receive at minimum of a 2-person share during the 20 week harvest season
  • CSA non-working garden members will pick up a 2-person share of food each week during the 20 week harvest season


Time commitments


  • Flexible hours – even one hour/week is greatly appreciated!
  • Part time work – you decide when you can come
  • Seasonal work – No problem if you are able to help more in the spring, for example, rather than another season
  • Work is also available and convenient to do at home
  • You are encouraged to commit to the same day/time each week for at least a month at a time, if possible.


Days and hours you may work in a garden

  • Any daylight hours
  • Any day but Sunday


Our background and experience

  • Now in our 5th year
  • Started in the spring of 2008
  • Fed over 300 garden members in 2011
  • Over 3 acres of land


For safety purposes, members are not allowed to bring dogs or any pets to any garden properties


Speak up if there is ever a concern, need, suggestion, or comment


Covered later on

  • What to bring
  • What to wear


Management provides:

  • Seeds, hand tools, equipment, tools, water, land, etc.

Garden members provide:

  • Labor and tools if you have them


Weather conditions –

  • On stormy days, is postponed OR work in the greenhouse, if there is work to do



Many abilities/skills are needed for our group:


  • Writing and posting daily blogs
  • Other computer work
  • Promoting on Facebook and other social media
  • Garden Photographers
  • Working at local events
  • Shoot, edit and post "how to " videos
  • Help work in other gardens, as needed
  • Tilling, raking, weeding, planting, harvesting, pruning/cutting trees, watering, etc.


New to gardening?  No problem!!

  • No garden experience or skills necessary to start working with us
  • Learn from a "hands-on" approach
  • Many skilled, experienced farmers and gardeners to work with
  • Garden work can be hard – Come for a short amount of time if necessary


Children in the gardens

  • We invite children to come and work in the gardens AFTER following these guidelines:
  • Scout out the gardens to determine which are best for children
  • Before bringing children, talk to the supervisor about what they can do and where they can play
  • Plan to work for a shorter time when children are present
  • Be aware of public bathrooms in the area
  • Children are your responsibility



  • Scout out local public bathrooms before you start working in the gardens
  • Homeowner's bathrooms are not available for member's use


Be in the Know

            To hear the very latest of what's happening

            Garden work to do this week

            Food currently available

            Ways we need help immediately

            Check the garden blog daily

            Daily garden blog posts start February 1, 2012

            Click on Latest Blog Posts, found near bottom of liveandthrive.com

            Additional blog posts are found for the past week, month or year


Resources available

  • Online access:  liveandthrive.com/_blog/Gardening_Articles_and_Videos
  • View a wealth of information including daily entries from past years
  • "How to" articles, videos, slide shows, and photos online
  • Mentors & garden enthusiasts that will work with you in the gardens
  • Many workshops & classes offered during the year at Garden Headquarters in Holladay
  • Learn about different types of gardens, soil compositions, irrigation methods, and effects of weather conditions on crops in a variety of Salt Lake valley locations
  • Recipes & invitations to potluck dinners made from produce in our gardens
  • Food preservation methods



How to register and get started?


  • Go online to: Liveandthrive.com, center of the webpage page.
  • Join 1) CSA Non-Working Garden Membership OR Working Garden Membership


Bringing a guest to the gardens

  • Invite a guest to get acquainted with our gardens before joining
  • RSVP before coming, if possible


Garden Log Books


  • Once a garden opens, a log book is placed outside nearby
  • Make a note of where it is
  • Log your hours and what is accomplished
  • Add comments/suggestions if you like
  • Supervisors review the book to know what's happening


Subscribe to our FREE Garden Newsletters

  • Go to liveandthrive.com
  • Bottom, right-hand corner of home page


LIKE us on Facebook – Live and Thrive


Learn more!

  • Watch short videos at liveandthrive.com/Gardening/Home


Contact Info:

  • Sheryl McGlochlin, owner
  • website: liveandthrive.com
  • Garden Headquarters: approx. 3000 E. 5000 So., Holladay, UT  84117
  • email: Sheryl@liveandthrive.com
  • Cell phone: 801-278-5313

Join our Garden Group today and get in on the amazing harvest!!!

Sheryl McGlochlin - Saturday, September 10, 2011



It's September and we are in the middle of an abundant harvest!  If you join today, you'll start receiving a share of the harvest!  As a working garden member, you can work in our gardens 12 months out of the year!  Non-working CSA garden members start receiving weekly shares immediately!

To join now, click here

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