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    From left: Jenessa Larrabee, Brynley Osborn, Rebecca Sanchez and Emory Martinez prepare for planting during Garden Hibernation’s BEACON club at YGP this winter. Courtesy photo

    The Youth Garden Project’s ninth annual online auction fundraiser will begin March 14. The auction is one of YGP’s largest fundraisers of the year, with proceeds supporting all community and youth programs offered by the organization, according to a statement from the nonprofit organization.

    The online auction runs from March 14 at 9 a.m. through March 20 at 9 p.m. The event is hosted through the online platform “Bidding for Good”, and reaches a network of over 200,000 bidders across the country through the database. YGP’s goal is to bring in more than $12,000 in funding through the auction in 2019.

    YGP has received many generous donations from local and regional businesses, artisans, and others, said the organization’s press release. Items include gift certificates to restaurants, airport shuttles, coffee beans, hotels, spa services, fine art and pottery, and guided adventure tours and travel. “The auction is a tangible way for people, especially locals, to support YGP by purchasing items through the auction they would already spend money on,” said YGP Executive Director Kaitlin Thomas. “For example, if you frequently eat at the Love Muffin, there will be a gift certificate for that; or if you go up to Salt Lake a lot with your family and like visiting the Loveland Aquarium, you can purchase passes through the YGP auction. If you have visitors coming to town, have them check out the auction for recreation experiences or lodging options. You can often get great deals.”

    The Youth Garden Project is “incredibly grateful” for the support of the business community and individual donors that make the auction possible, Thomas said. It is thanks to this generosity that YGP is able to offer hundreds of items and a little something for everyone.

    YGP is 1.5-acre organic, educational garden that offers youth and community programs including Community Supported Agriculture, Weed ‘n Feeds, Summer Camp, and Garden Classroom Field Trips. To learn more about YGP, stop by the garden at 530 South 400 East for a tour, visit www.youthgardenproject.org, or call 435-259-BEAN.

    Other Upcoming Events:

    • March 20: Seed Swap, 5:30 p.m. at YGP
    • April 3: Weed ‘n Feed (every other Wednesday, 6 p.m.)
    • April 15-19: Spring Break Camp (now registering)
    • April 27 and May 4: Annual plant sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at YGP
    • May 12: Mother’s Day Brunch

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