The Little Free Garden Project: Year One
Curious about what we've done so far?
Check out a few highlights from our first season of the Little Free Garden Project.
The idea for the Little Free Garden project was born - fittingly - in a kitchen during a conversation between friends and co-founders of Ugly Food of the North: an organization working to build a more sustainable food system in Fargo-Moorhead.
Together, a designer (Jeff Knight), a nutritionist (Megan Myrdal) and a storyteller (Gia Rassier) planned what would eventually become the inaugural season of the Little Free Garden project.
Thanks to incredible community support, including a front-page story in the Fargo Forum, our team was able to plan and execute a community build event.
Much love and appreciation to our first sponsors for believing in our vision and donating time, talent + treasure to help make the inaugural build a reality.
inaugural build event
Our first build event took place on Saturday, April 23 at Concordia College. With the help of community members and student volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, we built 56 Little Free Gardens. Each garden went home with a different individual (or family) who believed in our mission of growing + sharing fresh, local food.
summer + fall 2016
Just as we had imagined, people brought their gardens home and made them fixtures in front yards across our community, many creatively decorating them with weather-resistant paint and chalk. It was exciting to see the different ways that people utilized the space and shared the harvest with friends and neighbors.
As we expected, we learned a lot in our first season about what works, what doesn't - and what could be changed in the future. We're looking forward to a new and improved second season filled with more connections shared over fresh, local food.