little box, big mission

our little free gardens contain eight square feet of potential planting, but the possibilities for connection outside of it are endless. in addition to the obvious purpose of growing food, it creates an opportunity to provide food - a fundamental human need - to anyone who wants or needs it. the recommended placement in a front yard encourages people to come together to share in the joy of gardening together. our box fosters community through shared experience of enjoying fresh, locally-grown food. 


we get it: there is nothing overtly special about the concept of a little free garden. in fact, by most standards, it's just an ordinary box. but we believe that the real magic happens outside the four little walls and in the lives of the people and communities it calls home. whether your garden gives you the chance to talk with your neighbors, meet someone new on the sidewalk or share your harvest with friends, we believe that the connections created by growing food together is what sets our experience apart from the rest. 

a lot can happen with a little land

the little free garden project was born and raised in Fargo-Moorhead, a region widely considered some of the most fertile, farm-producing land in the country. our foundation as a community is deeply rooted in the Homestead Act of 1862, a revolutionary idea that allowed people to settle a quarter of land (160 acres) to start a life. settlers from around the world traveled to the upper midwest for the promise of a fresh beginning on a small piece of earth, which in turn, transformed the identity of the region.

today, most of us are disconnected from the farming process and have little awareness of what it takes to produce quality food. in a homage to the Homestead Act, we believe the little free garden project offers a small opportunity to reinvent, reinvigorate and reclaim our connection to not only the land, but one another. 

 Co-founders with Little Free Garden no. 4

Co-founders with Little Free Garden no. 4

Little Free Garden is a project of Ugly Food of the North, an organization dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in Fargo-Moorhead. Our goal is to foster communities committed to growing, sharing and cultivating food in small, raised-bed gardens designed to fit in residential spaces. The idea was born in Moorhead, Minn., and was brought to life by Jeff Knight, Megan Myrdal and Gia Rassier.