Spring is coming! Sign up your garden and fruit trees at FM Gardens Alive! 1 million square foot challenge

You can help meet this challenge by going to FM Gardens Alive! and simply input the size of your food garden area no matter the size.  You can also submit the number of fruit trees or bushes you have or will be planting this season.

Don’t think of yourself as a gardener? Think again, even our small rhubarb patch and tomatoes planted in containers add to the tally!

Thanks to all the great folks that have been working together to promote growing more tasty, healthy local food.

Thanks to Erik Burgess of the Forum and all the other great media that came for the challenge announcement Thursday.

Here’s Eriks article:

Community leaders issue challenge for 1 million square feet of gardens by 2015

FARGO – Community leaders planted seeds Thursday for a metro-wide challenge to have 1 million square feet of gardens by the end of the year.

By: Erik Burgess, INFORUM

 
Rory Beil, CassClayAlive director, speaks Thursday at Baker Nursery in Fargo to announce the Gardensalive! Challenge to plant one million square feet of gardens in the metro area. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO – Community leaders planted seeds Thursday for a metro-wide challenge to have 1 million square feet of gardens by the end of the year.

City Commissioner Mike Williams, who helped kick off the challenge at a news conference at Baker Nursery in south Fargo, said that’s enough fresh fruit and vegetables to cover the Fargodome floor about 13 times.

“We’re going to blow this out of the water,” Williams said of the challenge.

The goal behind the challenge is to encourage healthy eating for children and adults and make Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth and West Fargo the healthiest metro in the country, said Rory Beil, director of CassClay Alive, the Dakota Medical Foundation’s healthy eating and active living initiative.

Adults that grow gardens eat more fresh produce throughout the year, and the same applies for kids who grow up gardening, Beil said. Another goal of the challenge is to make healthy eating routine for young kids, he said.

“Our eating habits are largely based on convenience and habit, and if we’ve got apples growing in our backyard and we’ve got vegetables in our garden, it’s much more likely that it’s going to become a reality,” Beil said.

The metro had around 318,000 square feet of gardens in 2013, so those are already being counted toward the 1 million square foot goal, Beil said.

An additional 34,000 square feet have been logged this week, bringing the total up to 352,000 on Thursday afternoon.

People can register their gardens online or by picking up a “Gardens Alive!” card at participating local nurseries and garden stores, said Anita Marocco, the challenge coordinator.

Any size operation is counted – from a fully-fledged garden to a single apple tree, berry bush or pot of produce, she said.

“Even containers count. We’ll count your potted strawberries,” she said.

The website will also track food donations. Beil said he hopes the challenge will “overrun our food shelters with healthy food.”

The initiative was inspired by healthy eating challenges in other parts of the country, but Beil said they wanted the challenge for the Fargo-Moorhead area to be “a little more contagious.”

“You can drive down the street and you can see a garden. And that will live on year after year,” he said. “So we think it has the potential to create a little bit of a social movement.”

If the challenge is successful in the immediate metro area, Beil said it could expand into greater Cass and Clay counties.

To register a garden or track the community’s process, visit www.fmgardensalive.org, or call (701) 241-1367.

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Where are folks moving to from the Twin Cities? US Census says……….Fargo!

No surprise to some of us that have seen these trends evolving as we become a more active, attractive, diverse, and interesting community! We’re not only attracting people and talent from the Twin Cities, but several other counties spread around the US.

In several earlier posts, Fargo has received high marks for quality of life. One of my favorites is this “Best places for 20 somethings” 

Here’s a recent article in Minnesota Public Radio ~

“Outside the state of Minnesota, the biggest net recipient of Hennepin County residents was not Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix), not Harris County, Texas (Houston), not Broward County, Florida. It was Cass County, N.D., home of Fargo.

You can see these net gain and loss population statistics with this cool tool from the Census using the Census Flows Mapper. Click on any county in the country and see where everybody’s going.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/02/where-did-everybody-go-literally/

~ End MPR article ~

We also have more folks choosing to build their lives in our Fargo area like the 143 people that moved here from Washington County Oregon, and 90 from Weld County Colorado for example.

The trend of outmigration has changed 180 degrees over the past decade. At the last Commission meeting, I mentioned some of these very positive changes from our area students to Jim Gartin of the FM EDC.

In annual Fargo Public Schools surveys asking students if they plan to stay in the Fargo area, the student responses have changed from about 35% 8 years ago saying they want to build their life here, to now around 65% with more wanting to live, work, learn, and play in our region.

Our culture is evolving and we’re becoming a more active and interesting community where people can engage and reach our potential.

It’s fun to see people realize our excellent quality of life and the many opportunities to dream and work together as we design our community for happiness.

Let’s keep growing well!

 

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Where are the folks moving to from the Twin Cities? Census says………Fargo!

No surprise to some of us that have seen these trends evolving as we become a more active, attractive, diverse, and interesting community! We’re not only attracting people and talent from the Twin Cities, but several other counties spread around the US.

In several earlier posts, Fargo has received high marks for quality of life. One of my favorites is this “Best places for 20 somethings” 

Here’s a recent article in Minnesota Public Radio ~

“Outside the state of Minnesota, the biggest net recipient of Hennepin County residents was not Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix), not Harris County, Texas (Houston), not Broward County, Florida. It was Cass County, N.D., home of Fargo.

You can see these net gain and loss population statistics with this cool tool from the Census using the Census Flows Mapper. Click on any county in the country and see where everybody’s going.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/02/where-did-everybody-go-literally/

~ End MPR article ~

We also have more folks choosing to build their lives in our Fargo area like the 143 people that moved here from Washington County Oregon, and 90 from Weld County Colorado for example.

The trend of outmigration has changed 180 degrees over the past decade. At the last Commission meeting, I mentioned some of these very positive changes from our area students to Jim Gartin of the FM EDC.

In annual  Fargo Public Schools survey students asking if they plan to stay in the Fargo area. Those surveys have changed from about 35% 8 years ago saying they want to build their life here, to now around 65% with more wanting to live, work, learn, and play in our region.

Our culture is evolving and we’re becoming a more active and interesting community where people can engage and reach our potential.

It’s fun to see people realize our excellent quality of life and the many opportunities to dream and work together as we design our community for happiness.

Let’s keep growing well!

 

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Broadcast times for Food glorious Food! Focus on local foods and gardens

In case you missed the Valley Chefs Association, Northern Plains Botanic Society, and Prairie Roots Food Coops fun local foods and gardens presentations on Monday, you’ve got a chance to catch it on Fargo cable access channel 12 at these times.

Thanks again to all the presenters and it’s wonderful to see so many groups working together toward more fresh and tasty local foods. Save the date for the Cass Clay local food initiative events March 14th and 15th and watch for the 1,000,000 square foot food garden challenge.

February              5              9 p.m.

February              6              8 p.m.

February              10           6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

February              12           9 p.m.

February              13           10 a.m.

February              14           10:30 a.m.

Check out Monday’s presentations featuring Prairie Roots local food market, incredible local chefs and their association, and a possible Japanese Garden and Conservatory. Here’s a quick review of the event thanks to KFGO’s Jack and Sandy 

At 8:35 we’ll hear from Kaye Kirsch and the Prairie Roots Food Coop.

Their goal is to open a retail food co-op in the Red River Valley that will be a one-stop shop for all your natural, organic and local food and product needs.

They’re structured as a co-op, which means that members are the owners of the grocery store and they are accountable to them.

9:00 a.m. Jackie Williams of the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society.  Jackie will share about projects they’re working on including; a beautiful Japanese Garden (Photo is of the Huntington Garden in Pasadena), a fruit tree forest, and a living conservatory

At 9:25 Chef Watson of Mezzaluna and leaders of The Red River Valley Chef’s Association will share about their local chapter of The American Culinary Federation founded in Fargo, North Dakota and how they work with local growers for more fresh, local foods in their recipes.

9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Questions from the audience for the presenters.

– See more at: http://renewnd.areavoices.com/2014/02/02/food-glorious-food-focus-on-local-foods-and-gardens/#sthash.f3bTHaCU.dpuf

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Food glorious food! Focus on local foods and gardens

Check out Monday’s presentations featuring Prairie Roots local food market, incredible local chefs and their association, and a possible Japanese Garden and Conservatory.

At 8:35 we’ll hear from Kaye Kirsch and the Prairie Roots Food Coop.

Their goal is to open a retail food co-op in the Red River Valley that will be a one-stop shop for all your natural, organic and local food and product needs.

They’re structured as a co-op, which means that members are the owners of the grocery store and they are accountable to them.

9:00 a.m. Jackie Williams of the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society.  Jackie will share about projects they’re working on including; a beautiful Japanese Garden (Photo is of the Huntington Garden in Pasadena), a fruit tree forest, and a living conservatory

At 9:25 Chef Watson of Mezzaluna and leaders of The Red River Valley Chef’s Association will share about their local chapter of The American Culinary Federation founded in Fargo, North Dakota and how they work with local growers for more fresh, local foods in their recipes.

9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Questions from the audience for the presenters.

The program is open to the public and will be broadcast live on Fargo cable access channel 12. Invite your friends and hope to see you there!

 

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Bison Nation

Congratulations to the North Dakota State University Bison on winning their third consecutive FCS D-1 National Football Championship!

The FBS schools should ditch the polls and institute a play off program similar to the FCS to determine an undisputed championship team.  One of the most exciting aspects of NCAA Basketball playoffs is that any D-1 team has a shot at the championship.

Who know’s, maybe even some kind of hybrid that would allow the championship FCS  team in a bracket to compete in playoffs with FBS?

Either way, thanks for another fantastic year for the Bison and all the folks that cheer them on!! Go Bison!!

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Uplift Fargo Moorhead. Give the gift of a lift

It’s cold outside. There are people in our community that need to get to their doctors appointments, to their job (yes, many homeless people do have jobs), to their social workers and our homeless children need to get to school.

Uplift Fargo Moorhead is the brainchild of Del Rae Williams. Here’s the story in her own words: “I asked John Roberts at Churches United For The Homeless what would be the most helpful to their organization that we, as a community, could help with. John said ‘bus passes’! Transportation is a key problem when individuals need to go to a doctor’s visit, get medication, apply for jobs… the needs are many. For this Holiday season, I would like to ask that you consider a gift of $1.50 or more. (hint, hint, to my family, THIS, and only this is what I’d like for Christmas this year). :-) Happy Holidays to you!!! (Thank you to Mara Morken Fogarty, Kailyn Allen, Kelli K KlineLillian JonesCarrie Leopold, and Anna Stenson for your insights and for your work towards this!)”

~ End Del Rae’s quote ~

Thanks to Del Rae, Mara, Kailyn, Kelli, Lillian, Carrie, and Anna and all involved that helped plan and implement an easy way for people to make direct online donations to purchase bus passes to help our neighbors in need.

All donations go directly to purchase bus passes and are distributed by the Churches United. To donate at this secure site, go to: http://upliftfargomoorhead.com/

Thanks to all of you that have already given the gift of a lift. In less than a day, they’ve already generated over $900 in bus passes. Please consider the opportunity and share the good word of this wonderful grass roots community effort.

We are truly blessed to live in this wonderful community. Thank you all and let’s share our many blessings to make this a Merry Christmas for all!!

 

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Local Food grows Healthy Community

Would you like to see more fresh locally grown food available in the metro? Fargo Public Access television channel 99 will be broadcasting through the month of December “Food for Change”a grass roots documentary that helps explain the evolution of our country’s food production and marketing. 

Watch the trailer for “Food for Change” here:

Food For Change is a feature-length documentary about the history of the co-op movement and food co-ops today. The goal of the film is to raise awareness nationally about the cooperative economic model, promote cross-sector cooperative collaboration, and provide cooperative education to co-op members, college students and the general public. The movie focuses on consumer food co-ops to tell the larger story of cooperatives – their role in American history and their current efforts to create local food systems.

Thanks to the producer Steve Alves, Producer/Director for allowing us to broadcast this timely film on Fargo Public Access television through the month of December and thanks to Prairie Roots Food Coop’s Kaye Kirsch for getting his permission.

Here are the broadcast times for the movie “Food for Change” on Fargo Cable Access 99.

Wednesday December 4 at 8 p.m.
Friday December 6 4 p.m.
Thursday December 12 6 p.m.
Saturday December 14 12 p.m.
Wednesday December 18 8 p.m.
Friday December 20 4 p.m.
Thursday December 26 6 p.m.
Saturday December 28 12 p.m.

Here are some groups that are working together to promote, grow, deliver, and prepare more healthy, local foods. You can be part of our group too, just “like” Local Food grows Healthy Community. Thanks for your help and interest, let’s keep it growing!

“If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn’t organic produce just be called “produce” and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?”

~Ymber Delecto

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Looking for a fun unique shopping experience? Small Business is where it’s at

Check out the dozens of cool, eclectic stores you won’t find anywhere else right here in Downtown Fargo.

It’s fun shopping at our friends and neighbors stores and restaurants, and you’ll see lots of fun people you know and meet some interesting folks for the first time.

In between shops you can get a taste of a wide variety of foods and beverages.

Just pull in to one of several convenient public parking lots that are no charge on Saturday (Also free after 5:30 week nights) Hope to see you there, buy your loved ones something special, and have fun!

Here are a few examples of interesting shops with many more to discover as you walk:

 

CLOTHING

 

  • AENDEE

  • BEYOND RUNNING

    Focused on the everyday athlete, we are a specialty running store that offers…

  • DOWNTOWN DIVA

    Colorful and happy environment to shop in. Wonderful customer service. Dresses,…

  • FOWLERS HERITAGE COMPANY

    Upcoming unique experience with a blend of vintage to modern

  • HALBERSTADT’S ON BROADWAY

    Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers was founded in 1975. For over 35 years we strive to…

  • KITTSON BOUTIQUE

    Specializing in high class service with skinny price tags, Kittson boutique…

  • LOT 2029

    • THE CRYSTAL CORSET BRA BOUTIQUE

  • OUTERMOST LAYER

    Featuring some of the best brands in the industry, Outermost Layer brings you…

  • NORTHERN HOME FURNITURE & DESIGN

    Northern Home Furniture & Design

  • PROPER & PRIM

    Trendy & affordable clothing, shoes & accessories to compliment your unique style.

  • Brand-name concept shops by Nike, Adidas, Columbia, Under Armour and The North…

  • SHANNALEE

    Cool women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts.

  • SHOWTIME BOUTIQUE AND CAFE

    The hottest shoes and fashion accessories in the FM area!

  • THE REVOLVER

  • WHITE BANNER UNIFORM SHOP

    Your complete “head to toe” uniform store. From tried-and-true basics to the…

 

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Sorry again Hawaii, best state for 20 somethings is….

Go North to Dakota! More and more young people are discovering what many of us realized when we chose where we want to build our life. North Dakota is an excellent place to live, work, learn, and play.

This survey fits in with what we’ve learned that in a reversal of decades of out migration of our youth to other states, now 65% of Fargo graduating seniors want to build their life in Fargo, 8.9% somewhere in ND, 8.9% somewhere in Minnesota. Over 80% want a four year college degree and 12% a two year school.

Here’s a clip of the survey from WDAY 

Some of the reasons more young people are choosing Fargo may be more activities like the Fargo Marathon, Streets Alive!, Fargo Youth Summit, and impromptu free fun events like the Chalk Fest where Arts Partnership teamed up with Great Northern Bikes. Hundreds of people young and old came to share their sidewalk art>

Here’s the article in the Huffington Post College:

Best States For 20-Somethings May Surprise You

Posted: 10/16/2013 9:28 pm EDT  |  Updated: 10/16/2013 9:31 pm EDT

best states for 20-somethings
There are certain, conventional meccas for young people. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all spring to mind as glamorous, even cliched destinations for 20-somethings — places where quirky characters in cramped lofts desperately search for careers, love, and happiness.

But MoneyRate.com wanted to consider the question “with an open mind.” They looked at lifestyle and economic criteria like youth unemployment, the proportion of young people in a state’s population, rental costs, high-speed internet availability, nightlife and fitness facilities, and created a list geared at “young people looking to get a strong start on their adult lives.”

So, for those rational 20-somethings willing to consider the real-life data, rather than the Hollywood version, we present to you the top 10 states to set up shop:

1. North Dakota
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2. South Dakota
south dakota young people

3. Nebraska
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4. Montana
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5. Iowa
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6. Hawaii
hawaii young people

~End Article ~

Sorry Hawaii, you can’t win them all. We’ll still come to visit!Here’s another picture that displays some North Dakota fun. This cool picture was taken by Erik Johnson

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