School and Community Gardens Focus of Public Forum

Increasing the number of schools and neighborhoods with community vegetable gardens will be the topic of an upcoming public forum.

The Cass Clay Food Systems Initiative will be hosting “Community and School Gardens: A Local Focus”, on Friday, January 11, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. Jack Wood, LSS Community Garden Organizer, will present information on community gardens for new residents in Fargo; Jamie Holding Eagle will discuss her work with the Moorhead Ellen Hopkins Elementary School garden; and Ollen Church, Superintendent of Norman County West School District, will talk about his experience starting school gardens.

Kim Lipetzky, nutritionist at Fargo Cass Public Health, says the public forum will allow for garden information sharing, “This event will offer a great opportunity for the public to learn more about community and school gardens in our community. It will also be an opportunity to meet local gardeners, network, and find out how to become involved.”

The forum is part of the Growing Communities Workshop: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardens, which will be held at the Plains Art Museum January 11 and 12.

For more information on the workshop and forum, go to www.letseatlocal.org or call 701-241-8195.

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