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Nutrition Educator Deb Dilley Honored by the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area

Bemidji, MN — The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area held the 4th annual Harvest Dinner on Thursday, October 10th at the Club. This event is a celebration of family and food. Eighty-three Club, family and community members were fed a meal made primarily from fresh produce from the Club's garden-high tunnel. The garden is now in its 9th growing season and first full season for the high tunnel.

Deb Dilley, a community nutrition educator, spent on average three afternoons per week alongside the Club members throughout the gardening season planting, weeding, harvesting and teaching about food nutrition and preparation. Deb organized the harvest dinner using fresh produce from the garden-high tunnel with the help of Club members, volunteers and staff. Club members dedicated to managing the garden throughout the season assisted in meal preparation and serving. High tunnel tours were given throughout the evening. Pumpkins donated by Terry Nennich were also given away to attendees.

Deb Dilley was acknowledged for her nine years of service to the Club during the harvest dinner presentation. Andrea Ohnstad, Club executive director, said, "Deb Dilley has a passion for gardening and youth. Her countless hours working in the garden while teaching and encouraging our children to become passionate about gardening and health is tremendous. The Club produce was not only used for the harvest dinner but also throughout the summer for Club snacks and meals. Additionally, Club members developed entrepreneur skills by selling produce to local organizations. Deb Dilley is commended and we are very thankful for her dedication to children and nutrition."

The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area fills a need in the community offering thousands of Bemidji youth the opportunity to participate in the year-round health and wellness, education and career exploration, arts, sports, fitness and recreation and leadership building programs. To learn ways to support the Club, call 218-444-4171 or check out the web site at


Becky Bergquist
Resource Development Director
Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area
218-444-4171, ext. 102
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