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The 2019 Farm Project

Another growing season is at an end, and a great one it was. This year, a Farm Vision Committee was established to design the Farm planting and operations, and Dorothy Barnes was hired as our Farm Manager. Together, they planned and planted, and we had a harvest of over 9,000 pounds of produce. This is especially impressive as the acreage planted was cut back significantly this year to allow us to focus on best practices for our high tunnels and fields. To date, the Farm has yielded over 50,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious produce.

Last year we added our large high tunnel, and we harvested over 3,000 pounds of beautiful tomatoes from it this season. We grew peppers in the smaller high tunnel and potatoes, green beans, and onions in our fields. Areas that were not planted were seeded with a cover crop of daikon radish. We also grew veggies and herbs in our raised bed gardens, with some volunteers taking ownership of some of the beds.

We had a great deal of volunteer help from ten wonderful members of Cedar 6 NCCC AmeriCorps, as well as kids and staff from YouthWorks and Upward Bound, ladies from North Homes of Bemidji, employees from Delta Dental, Karvakko, EAPC, and Hazelton Family Dentistry; and students and staff from Schoolcraft and Voyager schools.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this successful harvest.

Take the Summer Challenge in July!

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Have you ever wondered where or when you will get food for your next meal? This is the situation many area families find themselves in during the summer months when kids are home from school. More meals to provide and/or additional daycare expenses can push families to seek help at their area food shelf, which can struggle to meet the increased need. To help, two Minnesota organizations, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Hunger Solutions, partner to help food shelves across the state by partially matching July monetary donations.

You can provide food for kids and families with a gift in July. Your help is needed and appreciated!

January Volunteer Open House

Join us for a Volunteer Open House on Tuesday, January 22, 2019!

Did you make a resolution to be more engaged in your local community?
Volunteer at Bemidji Community Food Shelf!

Date: Tuesday, January 22
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Where: 1260 Exchange Ave SE
Contact: bcfsvolunteer@gmail.com | 218.444.6580

become a volunteer at the food shelf!

Scare Away Hunger at Community Pint Night!

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Bemidji Community Food Shelf will benefit from Community Pint Night at Bemidji Brewing on Wednesday, October 24 from 4 – 7 p.m. Come for a pint and a portions of the proceeds will benefit BCFS! Monetary donations are important at the Food Shelf as $1 can buy four meals for our customers, and most of the food (2/3) that we distribute at the Food Shelf is purchased by us through monetary donations and grants.

Be sure to cash out by 7 p.m. in order to have your donation counted!

We’re thankful to be the recipient of Community Pint Night through Bemidji Brewing!