The Fargo Project Research Opportunity

Opportunities for learning are abundant at World Garden CommonsWe need your help.

Through conversations and interviews, participation in art activities and public events at World Garden Commons, Rabanus Park, many people have contributed to The Fargo Project through community interest and professional association.

Some of you have received an email to participate in a survey to determine how people involved in The Fargo Project view success and if/or how their perspectives may differ.  The survey assesses ideas of success, understanding of the design goals and mission, and interest in continued involvement.

We want you to take the survey.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.  You’ll be asked to identify your stakeholder group or category, if and how your skills and knowledge have contributed to the project, and your perceptions of goals and successes.
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Questions?  email Jesse Riley, call 701-793-1801

The variety of individuals involved in The Fargo Project come to the table with different ideas of what an urban area is, what storm water retention means, and what “success” means.  In eco-projects worldwide, a variety of perspectives are often represented, especially those involving lots of people.

It’s important to understand how to communicate and what people consider to be success at World Garden Commons so we can consider how to expand this project into other storm water retention ponds in the city and around the nation. The goal of the survey is to assess stakeholder perceptions of The Fargo Project (and World Garden Commons), the meaning of success, an understanding of the design principles and mission of the project, and interest in continued involvement.

The Fargo Project Design Principles
Principle 1: Let the water lead – Create a self-sustaining, hydrologically functioning basin true to the regional ecology and maximize opportunities for the regional prairie landscape to express itself and develop overtime.
Principle 2: Learn from the natural environment – Learn how the ecological systems behave, and practice responsive adaptive design and adaptive management.
Principle 3: Involve community – Make efforts create belonging, maximize diverse community participation throughout the life of the project from conception through long-term maintenance.
Principle 4: Experience nature and ecology – Create opportunities for people to enjoy the natural environment; the landscape is a unique attraction where people can experience the qualities and ecological relationships of a prairie landscape.

This study is being conducted by Jesse Riley, Doctoral student, Dr. Christina Hargiss and Dr. Jack Norland, faculty in the School of Natural Resource Sciences.

How Do I Participate?  Taking part in survey is completely optional. By completing the survey, you are agreeing to take part in the research study.  Questions regard your personal perceptions and experiences of The Fargo Project and World Garden Commons.  It will approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If you decide to participate, you may change your mind or stop at any time.


World Garden Commons Construction Update Fall 2017

All across Fargo, large stormwater basins temporarily hold water runoff, sometimes for only hours at a time, during heavy rains or snowmelt. These basins are hidden in plain sight to most residents. Many of the basins are uninviting, unadorned, sunken grass lots with limited plant and wildlife diversity. An exception is the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park, the pilot site for The Fargo Project.

Construction at World Garden Commons is scheduled to resume this month and continue into late spring of 2018.

In August, Gast Construction was awarded the contract to build overlook decks, raised paths, natural play features and a boardwalk at World Garden Commons with Land Elements overseeing the construction.

This week, contractors installed a portion of the silt fence which rings the construction areas. Later they will build a temporary road to move construction materials and equipment. By October, work will begin on the paths.

The 10-month construction schedule is necessary considering the type of weather and building conditions the contractors will experience while working in the storm-water basin.

Out of the imagination of the community, a once-barren site will be transformed: a welcoming commons to reintroduce plant, soil and wildlife, sculptural landscape, wandering paths with the intent to reintroduce each other to our human and cultural dependence on natural ecology.

Sep 24 – World Café at the World Garden Commons

UPDATE:  – Due to storms forecasted for Sunday, September  24 – the event has been moved to the New American Consortium at 15 21st Street S, Fargo from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Share world music, food, and conversation. It’s an afternoon of friendship, food, and conversation (for adults and kids).

DAY: September 14, 2017
TIME: 1:00-4:00 PM
TITLE: World Café
WHERE: Rabanus Park Barn (near the sand volleyball courts) New American Consortium, 15 21st Street South, Fargo.
HOSTED BY: The New American Consortium, The World in Fargo Moorhead, Welcoming Week

Join us for an (free) afternoon of friendship, food, and conversation (for adults and kids). Share world music, food, and conversation.  Talk about ways to strengthen bonds, build bridges and make links in our community.

World Café at the World Garden features world music by local performers and global foods prepared by people who have come to Fargo from different places in the world. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothing that represents their home cultures. Local ethnic-based community organizations will share information about the work they do. Participants will be asked “How can Fargo be a more welcoming community?”

All are welcome to this free event.  For more information, contact Ezzat Alhaidar at the The WE Center 701-478-3636.

About the organizers:

New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment builds bonds among people, bridges between diverse communities, and links to organizations. Through celebrations and programming, we facilitate trusting relationships and create healthy partnerships in the greater Fargo-Moorhead area. The office and programming space is known as “The WE Center,” for wellness and empowerment, but also for “we,” a community.

The World in Fargo-Moorhead shows the diversity of our area one portrait and one story at a time. These photos and stories are posted weekly to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We also create exhibits that are shown at libraries, churches and other public spaces.

Welcoming Week 2017: Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo.  The metro area will be celebrating National Welcoming Week September 14-24 with 20+ events (the number keeps growing) spread out over the 10 days.  The local theme this year is “Bring a friend, make a friend,” as organizers hope to see 2,000 people attend events (bring a friend).  Organizers are also looking to promote a year-round welcoming community in which friendships cross national, language, and/or faith divides (make a friend).  Events are free and open to the public.