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Published March 04, 2010, 07:52 AM

ND project to grow veggies for the hungry

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department and a number of other organizations have launched a project to grow vegetables and distribute them to the hungry.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department and a number of other organizations have launched a project to grow vegetables and distribute them to the hungry.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the Hunger-Free North Dakota Garden Project will enlist volunteers to provide land, fundraising, equipment and time. He says the goal is to grow and distribute half a million pounds of fresh veggies this year.

Goehring says the project also will benefit farmers by raising awareness of production agriculture.

Others involved in the project are the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition, Dakota College at Bottineau Center for Horticulture, Healthy North Dakota, Lutheran Social Services Great Plains Food Bank, North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, North Dakota State University Extension Service, Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society and Pride of Dakota Companies.

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