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 2021 Vegetable of the Year is PEAS!
Poster design by East High School student Emma Ambrosi
A Poem by
Duluth Poet Laureate 2018-2020,
Vegetable of the Year 2021
I plant the seeds in early Spring
when the soil is still cold to the touch
and nights still shiver with frost
when the sun is just beginning to whisper
its promises of summer green gardens.
This is the seed that grows a family
and builds a home just the right size
to keep the whole clan safe and sound.
This is the wise vegetable of the pandemic
teaching about safety and spread, distance and togetherness.
This is the vegetable that creates worlds
sweet planets, galaxies of heavenly orbs
with names like Tom Thumb and Half Pint
Green Arrow and Tall Telephone
Mr. Big and Little Marvel.
Bush and climbing with blossoms
of white, pink, purple.
Snow, snap, sugar.
Make your porridge hot or make your porridge cold.
Make this soup in your biggest pot.
Split or whole is sure to please
as you eat the ancient, common, nutritious peas.
Thank you, Gary, for contributing to this year's and last year's Vegetable of the Year celebration!
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:
2020 - BROCCOLI
2019 - RUTABAGA
2018 - KOHLRABI
2017 - ONIONS
2016 - CARROTS
2015 - POTATOES
2014 - BEANS
2013 - SQUASH
2012 - BEETS
2011 - KALE