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One Vegetable One Community: Beltrami County

The One Vegetable One Community project aims to inspire gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook, and come together around one specific vegetable.  The results of these efforts include more people gardening, more people eating healthy foods,  and more people of all socioecomic levels who have regular access to good food.  This year's feature vegetable for Beltrami County is squash!  Deb Dilley, Betrami County Extension Educator, and Becky Livermore, master gardener and author ofBecky's Bloomers: a garden year in the Northland, stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about the initiative and of course about squash!

Summer,  winter, buttercups, patty pans, hubbard and delicata, in this Local Foods segment,  Deb and Becky break down various varieties of squash.  Everyone is welcome to lend a hand at their "Seeds and Suds" packaging event  at Bemidji Brewing April 21st.  After May 1st, seed kits will be available throughout the county for anyone to pick up.  Seeds kits include seeds, growing instructions, recipes and nutrition information. Later in the summer, growers are invited to enter their squash in the the county fair! 

Squash seed kits will be available at the following locations:

  • Beltrami County Extension Office
  • Beltrami County WIC Office
  • Bemidji Brewery
  • Bemidji City Hall
  • Bemidji Community Food Shelf
  • Bemidji Public Library
  • Blackduck Resource Center
  • Blackduck Sanford Health Clinic
  • BSU Sustainability Office
  • Killiher City Hall
  • Kelliher Health and Resource Center
  • Northern Dental Access

Educational opportunities about squash will take place Saturday, April 14th at the Bemidji Public Library and Saturday, May 12th at Ace on the Lake Garden Days in Bemidji. Keep up with the squash happenings by liking theOne Vegetable, One Community - Beltrami County Facebook Page.

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.
Maggie is a rural public radio guru; someone who can get you through both minor jams and near catastrophes and still come out ahead of the game. She pens our grants, reports to the Board of Directors and helps guide our station into the dawn of a new era. Maggie is a locavore to the max (as evidenced on Wednesday mornings), brings in months’ worth of kale each fall, has heat on in her office 12 months a year, and drinks coffee out of a plastic 1987 KAXE mug every day. Doting parents and grandparents, she and her husband Dennis live in the asphalt jungle of East Nary.