North Dakota is the number one producer in the country of over a dozen different crops.
But, hunger continues to be an issue.
That's why Doug Goehring has upped the ante on the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden project this year.
The project which accepts and distributes produce, is challenged to raise its charitable transactions to a half million pounds, about 2 million servings.
Melinda Bolton reports...
(Tim Mihallick, Community Gardener) "It's kind of like the old story that there's always a lot left over to give away, where the farmer takes his car into town and opens it with zucchini and tells people to take it, and he comes back and it's full with more..."
(Melinda Bolton) "The truth behind that age old story, is exactly what Ag Commissioner Doug Goerhing is counting on to help feed what he says is an estimated 70 thousand people. The program aimed at reducing that number began in 2010."
(Doug Goerhing, Ag Commissioner) "It was our effort then to step up and and look at some ways to help connect people to food and also help people connect with agriculture."
(Melinda Bolton) "Mihallick and his wife got back into gardening two years ago and upon finding out about Hunger Free ND, he feels it is a great idea."
(Tim Mihallick, Community Gardener) "I mean there's an opportunity to help someone out who needs some help. I mean, everybody wants to eat, and people that don't have the ability to have a meal, if we can help them out, that's a great project."
(Melinda Bolton) "Whether you have a 20 by 20 plot at the communal Rainbow Gardens in Minot or several hundred in Bottineau, nothing will be turned away and nothing will go unappreciated."
(Doug Goerhing, Ag Commissioner) " And they'll take anything whether you have a head of lettuce or several acres of sweet corn. There's no limitations; nothing's too small, nothing's too large. This is a great opportunity to move mountains of food in to our communities in the state."
(Melinda Bolton) "If you want to receive produce or simply share information on the program there is abundancence of it at nd.gov/ndda.
In Minot, Melinda Bolton KX News."