Community Table

2016 Community TableEach of us plays an important part in the community.  We are all connected to each other by the land and community we share.  Thanks to the community-process developed for The Fargo Project, today we are able shape and transform the quality of the physical place called World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park and participate in a Welcoming Week event. Continue Reading


NEA Chairman Jane Chu’s Visits with Partners at World Garden Commons

Artist Dwight Mickelson and Nicole Crutchfield describes the construction of the newly completed Listening Garden to NEA Chair Jane Chu

Artist Dwight Mickelson and Nicole Crutchfield describes the construction of the newly completed Listening Garden to NEA Chair Jane Chu

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu met a group of 30 people of varied backgrounds during a site visit to World Garden Commons, the first installation of the Fargo Project. In attendance were organizers, engineers, planners, artists, financial and city administrators, public officials, cultural liaison, and citizens who’ve been a part the process which got off the ground in 2011 with a $100,000 Our Town Grant from the NEA. Continue Reading



Mapping the Ecological Benefits at World Garden Commons

Interactive Multimedia students Tyler Fischbach, Jennifer Natole,Thomas Garzon, Sean Walsh from Minnesota State University Moorhead spent a semester in studio dreaming, designing and developing an interactive tool for The Fargo Project website. The challenge: create an interactive, animated graphic to show a map of World Garden Commons as s wet and dry basin with ideal prairie grasses and plants. Their resulting graphic maps the basin as it fills, highlights ecological ares and describes the environmental advantages wet and dry species of plants provide.

Interactive Multimedia students design an element to show changes in the basin

MSUM Interactive Multimedia students design an element to show wet and dry conditions in the basin

View the student’s work at http://www.thefargoproject.com/site-conditions/. Use the sun-rain slider to see how the basin fills from the two inlets,  hover over the World Garden Commons Listening Garden, Overlook and Amphitheater for a select view, and select the Ecological Areas to read more about the plant species and conditions of the areas highlighted.


Growing Together Produce Sale

Jack Wood and Growing Together ~ A Community Garden Ministry are starting a produce sale at the Gathering this Thursday at 2 PM
3910 25th Street South, Fargo ND.

The sale will run each Thursday thru Sept 15th: Heirloom Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, Greens and many other vegetables grown without any herbicides or pesticides.

Learn how you can become a part of the Growing Together Team in 2017.


Natural Play Design Concept

Using a limited palette of boulders, grasses, grading, logs, rocks, ropes and trees a team working with The Fargo Project presented a design concept for natural play at World Garden Commons. Nicole Crutchfield, a Senior Planner with the City, and her team are pleased with the design.

THE DESIGN All the ideas and activates integrated into the design were introduced by 5th graders. Acting as a gateway into the basin, before slope begins the design introduces a large tree encircled by seating/stepping logs, surrounded by the native grasses and flowers which will grow within the basin.  Features include a tunnel, caves, hidden places for shelter, bridges and a huge boulder, stepping stones and logs for climbing which evoke curiosity and exploration into the basin.

Natural Play Concept Model

Following 5th graders input into design, Artist Dwight Mickelson and a team of landscape architects, community and planners assembled a concept for natural play features at World Garden Commons

A WeDesign student participant and Kene Okigbo, communication intern at Reach Partners, discuss natural play at World Garden Commons Party in the Park

A WeDesign student participant and Kene Okigbo, communication intern at Reach Partners, discuss natural play at World Garden Commons Party in the Park

The goals for World Garden Commons and the overarching Fargo Project has always remained the same: create a space where community can learn from and experience nature close to home. As the plans transition into final form, with community feedback and design review, the team is making sure to “let the children lead” in the design.

Natural Play Concept


What is it?

An unidentified critter was discovered at the basin in World Garden Commons this summer. About the size of a minnow, it has pinchers and can swim pretty fast in the mud. Any ideas what it could be?

Unidentified critter

Unidentified critter