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Healthy highlight: The Rutabaga Project

November 13, 2017
The Rutabaga Project

Healthy fresh food is easier to get in Virginia, Minn., thanks to a new program with grassroots support and an imaginative name. The Rutabaga Project’s goal is to craft community-based solutions to make produce more accessible and affordable.

Much of its success originated with participants, who envisioned how the Rutabaga Project could meet local needs, says Chris Strand, an Extension educator in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). They began by choosing a name that paid tribute to the root vegetable that helped sustain families during the Iron Range’s often-hardscrabble history.

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