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One Vegetable, One Community

A community vegetable garden in a city block.

Getting started

One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) is a program aimed at uniting communities by encouraging gardeners to plant, grow, cook and/or share a single vegetable. The goal is to see the vegetable of the year growing in:

  • Home gardens

  • Community and school gardens 

  • Containers on front porches or balconies

  • In front of businesses

  • A faith-based organization

  • Government buildings and grounds.

OVOC starts a conversation in the community about food, nutrition and how a community can support healthier choices.

Two women at a community garden

Vegetables of the year

Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, green beans, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onion, peas, peppers, spinach, squash, swiss chard, tomato

Community partners

  • Statewide Health Improvement Partnerships (SHIP)

  • Master Gardeners

  • Local Chamber of Commerce

  • Local city government

  • Schools

  • Community gardens

Get growing

Free resources to start a conversation in your community about food, nutrition and healthier choices.

One Vegetable, One Community resources

Reviewed in 2022

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