Duluth Community Garden Program

Duluth Community Garden Program

Bookworms know that something new awaits them between the covers of every new book - and many old books - they open.

Bookworms who fling open the doors of a Little Free Seed Library may be taken aback, initially, but, tucked away out of the elements are the literal seeds of food security for families in Duluth.

Duluth Community Garden Program

If you're getting a little bored with seed catalogs,  the Duluth Community Garden Program has several things to spark your enthusiasm for spring gardening.

The DCGP's spring registration opens next month for returning gardeners, in March for those on waiting lists and in April for the public.

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KUMD's annual reveal of the Vegetable of the Year featured an ode to same by Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower, an introduction by the Duluth Community Garden Program, and turns out to be a cross between a cabbage and a turnip (??)!

VEGETABLE OF THE YEAR 2019

Photo Courtesy of Duluth Community Garden Program

The Duluth Community Garden Program and the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association are coming together for the 7th Annual Art of Local Food, an evening of dishes featuring local ingredients, a silent auction of items and experiences from local businesses, and a high end art auction of sought after local artists' work.  

Duluth Community Garden Program

Maybe the ultimate goal would be a community garden every ten blocks all through the city of Duluth.

But in the meantime, the Duluth Community Garden Program contents itself overseeing 20 gardens, 255 rentable plots, providing resources for gardeners from shovels to canning lessons, and bringing the community together through food and gardening.

This interview originally aired on December 5, 2017.

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Tom talks powdery mildew, a multitude of harvest festivals at Duluth Public Schools, and Duluth Community Garden Club's upcoming Garlic Sale - just in time to keep you safe at Halloween!

This spring's warm temperatures and occasional rains have made for perfect growing conditions ... but if you want to take a break from your own garden, there are a couple of garden tours you might be interested in.  There's more information about the Duluth Garden Flower Society's Secret Garden Tour here and the Duluth Community Garden Program's Tasteful Garden Tour here.

There are three big garden sales coming up in the next few weeks: the Duluth Community Garden Program's Annual Plant Sale,  the Duluth Garden and Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale, and the Carlton County Master Gardener's Plant Sale.   Tom Kasper, himself a master gardener and plant sale veteran, offers behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to insure you get the pla

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Duluth began experimenting with "public edible landscaping in 2012 when the Park Maintenance Division organized the planting of apple and cherry trees in public parks.

That project has led to an effort called "Edible Duluth," a push to develop sustainable and maintained "edible landscapes" of fruit trees and vegetables on public property.