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One Vegetable One Community: Itasca County


TheOne Vegetable One Communityproject 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 socioeconomic levels who have regular access to good food.  This year's feature vegetable for Itasca County is carrots! Jesse Davis from the Grand Rapids Farmers' Marketand Carmen Griggs, Itasca County SNAP Coordinator, stopped by the studio to talk about the initiative and of course about carrots!

Most people are familiar with the standard orange carrot, but carrots come in a wide variety of colors -red, purple, white, yellow, and even some that are purple on the outside and orange on the inside.  Jesse  and Carmen educated us on different kinds of carrots, gave us some growing tips and even shared some favorite ways to prepare them. 

The public is invited  to attend the One Vegetable One Community seed  packing event at the Klockow Brewing Companyin Grand Rapids on April 18th at 5:30pm.  Seeds kits will be available for the public in early May and can be picked up at libraries and food shelves across Itasca County as well as the Itasca County YMCA.  Seed kits include planting instructions, maturation information and recipes. 

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.