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Kira Hewett, 4, of Bemidji, helps her mother, Bemidji State University student Tara Shindelan (not pictured), pick a basket full of red tomatoes Thursday at BSU's new campus garden located at the corner of 16th Street Northeast and Birch Lane Northeast. Twenty-eight plots are leased out by BSU's Sustainability Office to BSU students and faculty. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

New campus garden blooming with activity

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What was once intended to become a parking lot is now a prolific, organic vegetable garden located on the Bemidji State University campus.

Officially named "Gitigaan," which means "garden" in Ojibwe, BSU's first-ever campus garden opened in May and is situated at the corner of 16th Street Northeast and Birch Lane Northeast, across from the A.C. Clark Library.

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