What is The Fargo Project?

The Fargo Project is intended to activate a collective creative agency.


World Common Gardens

Learn about all of the exciting changes happening at Rabanus Park.

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Read about what we’re up to and learn about local events at the World Garden Commons.

News & Events

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What’s happening around Fargo and at World Garden Commons

A Westside Elementary fifth-grader crosses a temporary obstacle course at World Garden Commons


“Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people.” – Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of[…] Read more

February 5, 2018 0
Welcome Week Fargo Moorhead

Growing Together Garden Leadership Workshop

FARRMS with NDSU Extension and Growing Together will host a Community Garden Workshop Wednesday, March 14 at LSS from 1PM to 5PM. If you have a current community garden or[…] Read more

February 4, 2018 0
A mowed lawn was sole "before" feature of the water basin at Rabanus Park, the “after” image shows World Garden Commons full of plant diversity that can support pollinators, birds and other creatures.

NEW Pollinator Habitat Workshop

Discover the many benefits of a pollinator habitat and learn how to transform a section of your yard into a beautiful prairie garden. When: Tuesday, March 27, 6:00-8:00 PM Where:[…] Read more

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Our Mission

The Fargo Project’s first installation is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to transform a neighborhood storm water basin into an ecological commons, a greenspace that reflects the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community. The Fargo Project’s first installation is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park to transform a neighborhood storm water basin into an ecological commons, a greenspace that reflects the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community.

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Our Sponsors

The effort is made possible through partnerships with ecological artist Jackie Brookner (1945-2015) and funding from ArtPlace America, the City of Fargo, Fargo Park District, The Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town, and the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Our Artists

The new vision for the site considers the surrounding communities, the traffic patterns, rainfall events, and the Rabanus park amenities to provide neighborhood connectivity, water-quality improvement, continued flood control, and beauty to benefit the community.

Loretta Cantieri

Project Collaborator

Chelsey Dahlstrom

Assistant Collaborator

Al Ness

Project Collaborator

Michael Strand

NDSU Visual Arts

Joan Vorderbruggen

Overlook Designer

Dwight Mickelson

Listening Garden & Natural Play Sculptor

Always Remembered. Never Forgotten.

Jackie Brookner, Project Lead & Ecological Artist - World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park, FargoJackie Brookner, Lead Artist (1945-2015)

Fargo Project Lead & Ecological Artist

Jackie Brookner brought 20 years experience as a socially engaged ecological artist to The Fargo Project. Her body of work unites plant-based water remediation for parks, rivers, and wetlands with habitat restoration, landscape sculpture, and active community collaboration. Her projects demonstrate how undervalued water resources can be reclaimed to create evocative public places that connect people with natural systems and are grounded in aesthetic understandings developed throughout Brookner’s 40 year practice as a sculptor. Her whole-systems approach activates nodal points where social, cultural and ecological revitalization meet. Brookner’s works can be found in Finland and Germany, and in the United States in Ohio, Washington, Idaho, Florida, California, and Missouri. Brookner published and lectured internationally linking sustainable cities, water, expanded art practice and global ecological urgency. Jackie passed away May 15, 2015.

What Our Partners Say

The Fargo Project Project has many partners, this is what just a few of them have to say.

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“It’s an honor to be a part of this process for such a good community and ecological mission. Our students are a now a part of a different type of creativity – the re-envisioning of community spaces and utility – that may have a lasting impact on our community for hundreds of years.”

Alex Fogarty

Graphic Communications

Assistant Professor

“What excites me about the Fargo Project is there are so many different parts coming together. There is the natural play area. There is the cultural component bringing in a lot of new Americans in the area, as well as reusing this basin which has pretty much been dead space”.

Christine Hargiss

Natural Resource Science Assistant Professor

“There are some really exciting and interesting things going on here, this idea of a natural playground. That becomes a little bit more difficult to maintain than a plastic playground. I hope that people take ownership and that it can be sustained for a very long time.”

Stephanie Day


Assistant Professor

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