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Bemidji Boys and Girls Club will Reap Year-Round Harvest

Bemidji Boys and Girls Club will Reap Year-Round Harvest

3 weeks ago

Originally Published in The Bemidji Pioneer Written By: Hannah Olson BEMIDJI -- Despite the unpredictable nature of Bemidji’s weather, children over at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area will soon be able to grow leafy greens and other fresh veggies all year long. The club installed their new “Flex Farm” -- a hydroponic indoor growing system -- purchased from the Wisconsin-based company, Fork Farms, via a Minnesota Department of Agriculture grant. The device will allow the organization to expand its current gardening programming into something that can be done year-round. The excitement in the room during the delivery of the Flex Farm was palpable -- Bemidji Boys and Girls Club director Andrea Kent exclaimed a few times, “It’s Fork Farm Day! It’s fork Farm Day!” -- but perhaps in no one more than Deb Dilley. Dilley -- a recently retired SNAP Education Health and Nutrition Programs educator in Bemidji for the University of Minnesota Extension -- heads up the gardening program for the club. She knows firsthand the power of showing children how fresh food goes from a tiny seed to their plates. ‘Kids eat what they grow’ Dilley has been working with the existing gardening program

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