Fargo Moorhead One Vegetable One Community
One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) strives to unite the Fargo-Moorhead communities by encouraging gardeners to grow, cook, and share a single vegetable. The aim is to see the vegetable of the year growing in kitchen gardens, community gardens, and school gardens, containers on front porches, in front of businesses, faith-based organizations, and government buildings. The 2014 Fargo Moorhead OVOC Program features buttercup squash that has historic ties to North Dakota’s land grant university, North Dakota State University in Fargo. The buttercup was developed in 1932 by horticulturist Albert Yeager as a nutritious, easy to grow, sweet potato replica. Last year’s featured vegetable was beans; 500 bean planting kits were distributed throughout the Fargo Moorhead area within two weeks. The speed of distribution demonstrated a community-wide enthusiasm for growing and gardening. This year, 1000 kits will be placed in public places throughout the communities of Fargo, ND, West Fargo, ND, Moorhead, MN, and Dilworth, MN. OVOC starter kits have free seeds (10/kit – enough for 2-3 squash hills), growing tips, and project ideas. Gardeners are asked to complete a brief contact information card in return for taking a free kit. Gardeners are also encouraged to join the conversation by sharing their ideas and experiences on the FM One Vegetable One Community Facebook page where they can post pictures, recipes, and growing tips, and the Pinterest site where they can view and re-pin pictures, recipes, and growing tips. At the end of the season, potlucks, celebrations, and harvest festival events will be organized throughout the community and advertised through the Facebook page.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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