One Vegetable, One Community
Lettuce, spinach, kale,
beet tops, microgreens,
mustard greens, arugula, dandelion, etc.
What is One Vegetable, One Community?
Why Should I
One Vegetable, One Community is about local foods, community and partnerships. OVOC is for everyone. It is about starting the conversation about vegetables grown in your area – to produce a resilient, inclusive food system. Fresh, healthy food should be accessible to everyone.
Each community rallies together to plant, grow, cook and/or share a single vegetable for the year – vegetable of the year ("greens" for Itasca Co OVOC in 2019). By including the chosen vegetable at community event/potlucks; incorporating it on menus at local restaurants, hospitals, schools; growing in garden boxes outside local businesses; and at local soup kitchens, we are broadening the conversation about food and making this a community norm.
Through One Vegetable, One Community, we hope that people can grow together, cook together, eat together and learn together, and at the same time build a stronger local food system, increase access to healthy foods, and nurture a healthy community.
Building community, one vegetable at a time.
How Do I Get Involved?
It’s easy to participate! We want brand new gardeners, veteran gardeners, and everyone in-between. Seed kits are available for FREE, every May, at your local library, local food shelf, and local YMCA every spring. Kits include seeds, planting instructions, a row marker and recipes. Plant your seeds, watch them grow, and then eat them up!