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One Vegetable, One Community grows with carrots in Wadena

This year's vegetable in the One Vegetable, One Community project is carrots. Courtesy photo.

This year, the Wadena area residents will see signs of One Vegetable One Community once again. One Vegetable One Community, in its second year in Wadena, is hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension's SNAP-Ed Program, in partnership Health4Life and Wadena County Public Health, Wadena County 4-H, Pete's Nursery, the Wadena Farmers Market, and the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce. OVOC is a campaign that unites communities around a specific vegetable and encourages gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook and share that featured vegetable.

The goal is to see the featured vegetable in as many places as possible - school and family gardens, planters at businesses and anywhere else vegetables can be grown. The Verndale Garden Club is also involved this year, looking for public places to work in a few carrot seeds or plants. The vegetable of the year is featured in school meals, at local restaurants and in homes, with recipes shared and enjoyed throughout the community. Last year, 350 OVOC packets with kale seed and information were given out in Wadena.

Packets with carrot seed, planting instructions, a garden marker and a recipe can be picked up at Wadena County Public Health, The U of MN Extension Office, the Wadena Food Shelf, Wadena County Human Services, Wadena City Library, Mahube-Otwa Community Action, Wadena Chamber of Commerce (which will have special markers for participating businesses) and several other locations in the community.

For more information, or to get involved in OVOC, contact Marilyn Hofland at (218) 639-9583.