One Vegetable, One Community Tomato Plant & Growing Kit Give Away

May 22nd, 2012

OVOC Tomato Plant Give Away attracts gardeners of all ages!!!

Grown out of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and inspired by the Duluth Community Garden Program’s initiative, the One Vegetable, One Community (OVOC) initiative aims to bring people together in the Litchfield area together around food, healthy eating and healthy communities.  The idea is to inspire and rally the community around growing and preparing a single vegetable. Through OVOC, 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 nuture a healthy community. 

Kick Off Event

Students from the Youth Energy Summit (YES) team at Litchfield High School planted 1200 tomato plants that were given away at the OVOC Community Kick Off Event on Monday, May 14th along with growing kits.  Five varieties of tomatoes were grown for community members to select from.  The growing kits included a tomato plant, growing tips, recipes, a community OVOC calendar and more. 

How Can You Get Involved?

Plant a tomato plant or plant many!  Share recipes, dig out out old recipes, create new ones, share cooking tips, take a class on canning, throw a salsa party, read up on the history of the tomato, attend a a community education event on tomatoes, try a new tomato dish at a local resaurant, have a tomato tasting event, take part in One Vegetable, One Community events.  We hope to see tomatoes all around the community – in hospital cafeterias, in day cares, in schools, in restaurants, in garden plots, in a pot on a front step, at potlucks, and at events throughout the year!


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