Dinner celebrates Duluth garden programGrilled squash, squash kabobs, squash lasagna: This is surely a squash lover’s heaven.
By: Alysee Shelton, Duluth News Tribune
Grilled squash, squash kabobs, squash lasagna: This is surely a squash lover’s heaven.
The Duluth Community Garden Program and locals gathered for a free squash potluck and harvest dinner Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln Park. The One Vegetable, One Community initiative celebrated the year of the squash on National Food Day. The Duluth Community Garden Program gave away more than 6,000 starter kits with free recipes, seeds and growing tips to community members throughout the year in an effort to encourage people to plant, cook and share the gourd.
For her first time, Judy Gray was given a little advice about how to approach the celebration.
“My friends told me to be prepared to eat a lot squash,” she said.
Rheanna Letsos, education and outreach coordinator for the Duluth garden program, said holding a vegetable of the year event would help with educating people not only about healthy eating habits, but how to make those healthier foods more accessible.
“With the help of grants we were able to turn this vision into reality,” Letsos said.
While the Duluth Community Garden Program has been organizing community members around urban gardening and food preservation for more than 30 years, the One Vegetable, One Community initiative is only in its third year. The past vegetables of the year included beets and kale. The One Vegetable, One Community outreach allows residents to plant seeds, share a dish, and come up with ways to make healthy food more accessible to the public.
“I think it’s great people care enough to grow food. It’s nice seeing all the different food creations and being able to feed everyone for free,” Gray said.
The Duluth Community Garden plans to continue the annual event. But, when Letsos was asked about next year’s featured vegetable, she chuckled before answering.
“I heard something about beans, but I don’t want to be the one to spill them,” she said.
For more information on the Duluth Community Garden Program or One Vegetable, One Community, visit duluthcommunitygarden.org.
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