World Garden Commons is Prairie for the People

The Fargo Project isn’t alone in trying to restore a habitat that supports birds and pollinators. Much of what is planned for the World Garden Commons stormwater basin at Rabanus Park in Fargo includes prairie restoration, as does the Audubon Dakota’s Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative. The initiative includes 1,000 acres along 28 Red River miles and supports pollinators, wildlife and recreation.

NDSU researcher Jesse Riley has 25 plots to study the best seed to plant for hardiness, durability and what will prevent invasive species from encroaching into the valuable prairie ecosystem.  As with the Audubon initiative it will take 3-5 years for the prairie at World Garden Commons to mature.

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Research at World Garden Commons: Jesse Riley

The Fargo Project aims to build a road map for modifying infrastructure within the City of Fargo to provide necessary hydrologic benefits and adding ecologic and social benefits to selected sites.  In 2016 through 2020, professors and graduate students from NDSU will conduct research within the first of these sites, World Garden Commons, a stormwater basin at Rabanus Park.

Meet Jesse Riley, he’s a PhD graduate assistant whose passion and research is urban ecology. His research falls under Drs. Christina L.M. Hargis and Jack E. Noland, Natural Resources Management NDSU. Jesse and his social entrepreneur team won the 2016 NDSU Innovation Challenge with “Carbon Negative” a system of planting prairie vegetation in underused public land for carbon sequestration.  His research at World Garden Commons has three major objectives: water quality, determining the best vegetation for future basins, and to assess the value neighbors, engineers, planners, artists and partners place on the aesthetics of developing an urban prairie. Continue Reading


Buzz Labs Visit The Fargo Project at World Garden Commons

Plains Art Buzz Lab interns visited World Garden Commons, the first installation of The Fargo Project. Artist Dwight Mickelson shared how The Fargo Project’s approach led to a community vision for environmental intervention, landscape restoration which benefits pollinators, our water system and people through Growing Together ~ A Community Garden Ministry.


Jack Wood on Stage at TEDx Fargo 2016

TEDx Fargo continues to celebrate ideas and actions from the region at this year’s event on July 21, 2016. Speakers include Growing Together’s Jack Wood, who, along with community have produced over 45,000 pounds of produce and have utilized their toolkit to help over a dozen organizations begin their own community gardens.

Jack is one of the many faces of The Fargo Project. Jack and his Growing Together team became involved with The Fargo Project in 2012 after realizing that Growing Together and The Fargo Project could make a lasting impression on the Fargo-Moorhead area. In 2014, they established a community garden in the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park for the community to grow produce that they can enjoy for themselves or share with others.

Jackie Brookner’s TED talk from the 2012 TEDxFargo remains to be one of the most watched videos from that event.  View: The Fargo Project: Jackie Brookner at TEDxFargo

“For humans to survive, ecological artist Jackie Brookner says it is not enough to change the ways we fuel, feed, entertain and shelter ourselves. Something much more basic has to happen. We need to mainstream a different understanding of who we are, as individuals and as a species. She calls this “the being of human,” and says it is about the “verbing” of our existence.”


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