One Vegetable, One Community 2020: #TakeItOutside and plant a garden beet

Kirsten Fagerlund and Meaghan Palubicki

    Take it Outside this Spring for mental and physical well-being and join One Vegetable, One Community (OVOC) in gardening and planting the vegetable of the year in Polk County, the garden beet!

    As a growing county-wide initiative, the fifth year of OVOC encourages all communities to participate in the mission to increase access to healthy foods, grow excitement about gardening, enhance community, and regain control during this unprecedented pandemic.

    Due to COVID-19, OVOC may look a little different, but the mission remains strong and more important than ever. Social distancing, proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette remain crucially important and so does our mental and physical health. Gardening and getting outside can be great for both mental and physical well-being. Let’s stay “up-beet,” take it outside, and plant, grow, cook and share together as community. Taking time for yourself can’t be ‘beet’; spend time in nature, take deep breaths, and be gentle with yourself and others during these times.

    Throughout county communities, free seeds can be picked up at various locations including grocery stores, free pantries/libraries and other identified locations. Those who participate can share what they are doing with their garden beets through the summer through this padlet link:

    If you are interested more in this program, please contact Megan Hruby at University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed or Amanda Lien at Polk County Public Health/SHIP.