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Community garden plan to be presented next week

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BEMIDJI — The final plan for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf’s community-garden project will be presented next week.

Students from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design will present the final project plan at 11 a.m. May 24 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Lunch will be provided.

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Designed to encourage not only localized food production but also community-building and education opportunities, the garden is proposed to start simple in its first year and expand in the future.

The preliminary plan was presented last month, outlining how each food shelf client would be designated his or her own "pallet planter," a 4-foot-by-4-foot wooden pallet converted into a planter with six separate growing areas.

The garden also is proposed to have compost-turning units, water tanks to harvest rainwater, a hoop house to extend the growing season and community-gathering locations where adults and students are invited to learn more about ongoing efforts.

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