Category: Research

A tree swallow occupies a bird house at World Garden Commons. Image taken by Jack Norland, 2018.

Birdhouses at World Garden Commons

The Natural Resource Management Club of North Dakota State University constructed birdhouses for the newly ecologically restored green space at Rabanus Park, Fargo known as World Garden Commons, the pilot site for The Fargo Project. In April 2018, the students and community members erected four birdhouses in the freshly thawed permafrost soil of the nature-scape.…
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July 16, 2018 0
Resilience for All: Striving for Equity Through Community Driven Design, by Barbara Brown Wilson published by Island Press

Resilience for All

Community-driven design projects in underserved neighborhoods can not only change the built world, but also provide opportunities for residents to build their own capacities. A new book by Barbara Brown Wilson, Resilience for All: Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design, features the World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park, the pilot site of The Fargo Project…
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June 1, 2018 0
Image Credit: Rachel Asleson for The Fargo Project (2017) Amu Productions photographs the June prairie flower bloom at World Garden Commons, the diversity of flowers and grasses contributes to the ecology of the basin. World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is the pilot site of The Fargo Project, in Fargo, North Dakota.

Farther, Faster, Together

World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park demonstrates how an undervalued water resource can become an inviting public space that connects people to natural systems that are grounded in aesthetic understandings. World Garden Commons, the pilot site for The Fargo Project is featured in a new publication focused on environmental stability. Environmental sustainability is at its…
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March 19, 2018 0
Free events at World Garden Commons in Rabanus Park from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays Rain or shine, the activities are free to attendees and open to the neighbors of World Garden Commons

Reflecting on the Summer Series

The 2017 Summer Series activated World Garden Commons through events and programs focused on culture, art and science. Activities included a mini powwow, water festival, brass concerts, conversations and art projects benefiting bees and people. Summer Series Video: The events were organized by partners deeply involved in the design of the stormwater basin called World…
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November 21, 2017 0

NDSU Generates New Discoveries

North Dakota State University students presented their work during 2017 NDSU EXPLORE, an event showcasing undergraduate research and other creative scholarly activities. This fall, four Natural Resources Management students presented their research taking place at World Garden Commons under the advisement of Jack Norland, Associate Professor of NRM. Don Vererka presented what he and Logan…
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November 10, 2017 0

Students Practice Stream Restoration

  Members of the Natural Resources Management Club and Wildlife Society at NDSU spent an evening placing rocks in the water near the confluence of the two inlets under the advice of Natural Resources Management Professor, Jack Norland, PhD. The World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is the stormwater pond restoration pilot for The Fargo…
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October 10, 2017 0

The Fargo Project Research Opportunity

We 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…
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September 26, 2017 0

What’s Growing On?

Much of the work at World Garden Commons is to reestablish prairie grass and flowers within the 18-acre stormwater pond. An established prairie can better absorb rainfall, promote soil conservation, provide habitat for animals and is simply beautiful. The Game and Fish Department of North Dakota assembled a guide describing 50 species of prairie wildflowers…
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August 29, 2017 0

Going Native

In 2012 the Rabanus Park stormwater basin looked like the rest of the stormwater basins in the city: short grass, yellow with dandelions in the spring, and home to a few geese. In short, quite ugly. Today, the World Garden Commons basin is becoming a home to a bouquet of prairie grasses, flowers, pollinators, songbirds,…
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August 9, 2017 0

July 16 – Family Water Festival

DAY: July 16, 2017 TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 16 2:00 PM Illustrated History with Steve Stark TITLE: Family Water Festival at World Garden Commons WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo Hosted by: River Keepers Families can learn about our wet natural resources to appreciate water in the World Garden Commons and the watershed. Fun…
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July 10, 2017 0