One Vegetable, One Community

The Duluth Community Garden Program started the One Vegetable, One Community initiative in 2011 to rally the community around growing and eating a featured vegetable each year.

The vegetable of the year is elected at DCGP's annual Harvest Dinner Potluck in October. The selected vegetable is revealed on New Years Day.

The Vegetable of 2020 is Broccoli!

Click the link to the right below to hear the Vegetable of the Year announcement that was made on January 1st, 2020.

Over 1200 Duluth 2nd graders and KEY Zone students will be learning about, and planting, broccoli through a Minnesota Department of Agriculture in the Classroom Grant and compost donation from WLSSD. Broccoli will also be planted in the district's 10 school gardens.


Poster made by Lynaea Russom at Duluth East High School


Fun facts about broccoli!

Broccoli - Brassica oleracea

Brassica oleracea is a species that consists of many of our favorite vegetables, including: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, brussel sprouts, and kohlrabi.

Over the last 35 years, per person consumption of fresh broccoli has increased from 1.4 pounds in 1980 to 7.1 pounds in 2017.

One cup of broccoli provides over 100% of our daily requirement for vitamins C and K, and is also a good source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, and potassium.


2020 Vegetable of the Year

By Gary Boelhower

I am part of a family of crunchy crime fighters

Related in name only to the exploits of James Bond.

My weapons are vitamin C and K, B and A, for starters.

I will keep you healthy and strong.


I have more calcium than a glass of milk

Manganese, potassium, low in calories, fiber high.

Make me into a cream soup smooth as silk

Or char me, steam me, eat me raw with a cruciferous sigh.

I’ve gotten a bad rap from those who are vegetable cruel

But others have given me a break out single.

I grow best early in spring, late in fall, I love to be cool

I am friendly and tasty, with other veggies I love to mingle.

I come from Italy, from the Calabrese clan

Although I’ve branched off into Blue Wind, Belstar,

Green Goliath, Green Magic and Coronado Crown,

I am grown all over the world, near and far.

I’ve been around since ancient Roman times

A favorite in gardens from sea to shining sea

And if you are following this gardener’s rhymes

You’ll know I am the famous broccoli.


A Poem by

Duluth Poet Laureate 2018-2020,

Gary Boelhower

Thank you, Gary, for contributing to this year's and last year's Vegetable of the Year celebration!




broccoli.mp4

Broccoli by Andy Lipke and Starr Brainard

Download the Broccoli song HERE!

Would you like to nominate the next vegetable of the year?

Vegetables are selected that:

  • Grow well in Duluth's climate
  • Store well given our limited growing season
  • Educate the public and expand knowledge about less known vegetables
  • Increase food access and healthy eating


Attend DCGP's Harvest Dinner in October to nominate and vote for the next Vegetable of the Year!


Past Vegetables of the Year:

2019 - RUTABAGA

2018 - KOHLRABI

2017 - ONIONS

2016 - CARROTS

2015 - POTATOES

2014 - BEANS

2013 - SQUASH

2012 - BEETS

2011 - KALE