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One Vegetable, One Community Program Brings Leafy Greens Week to Bemidji – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – At the Bemidji City Council meeting on May 3, Mayor Jorge Prince will designate the first week of May this year as “leafy greens” week in support of One Vegetable, One Community, a food program directed by the University of Minnesota Extension.

The program brings communities together in conversations about food and encourages gardeners of all skill levels to plant, grow, cook and/or share a featured vegetable of the year.

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Many green vegetables can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked, long before other vegetables can enter the ground.


The proclamation will highlight leafy greens as Beltrami County’s 2021 Vegetable of the Year and help promote local foods, healthy eating and gardening, according to a statement.

For the past six years, the program has brought a Vegetable of the Year to Beltrami County and promoted it by providing free seed kits locally. This year’s leafy greens will include a mix of gourmet lettuce, Grand Rapids loose leaf, rainbow Swiss chard and tatsoi mustard seeds.

Pickup locations are available and include Bemidji City Hall, Bemidji Community Food Shelf, Wild Hare Bistro, Blackduck Library, Harmony Natural Foods, Blackduck Resource Center, Sanford Blackduck Clinic, The Kelliher Town Hall and the Kelliher Resource Center.

According to the release, help is still needed as the program expands each year. Donations are also appreciated. For more information or to contribute to the program, write to Sandra Gehrke at

[email protected] or call (218) 760-8390.