“Our vision is a simple one. To grow nutritious food for the people of the Red River Valley, while taking care of the land we’ve been entrusted with.”
When a seed is planted, it germinates in the dark and sends down roots to draw its nutrition from the soil. This is a miraculous fact of nature as well as a powerful metaphor for many great ideas. Garden Forks Farm is an idea that is manifesting itself in a similar way. With a philosophy of starting small and, in time, growing with our community. Our vision is a simple one. To grow nutritious food for the people of the Red River Valley, while taking care of the land we’ve been entrusted with. Only, we don’t need a thousand acre farm to do it. This “seed” was planted in my head several years ago but is now becoming a reality. It is my hope that it grows into something beautiful and precious.
As a kid I never dreamed of becoming a farmer, even though I grew up here in the Red River Valley. I wasn’t sure exactly where I fit in. My dreams and passions revolved around drawing and art. Those dreams however, became atrophied after moving to Florida, where I was swooped up into the rat race. After spending nearly half my life working various manufacturing and retail jobs, it finally dawned on me. I never really felt any true sense of satisfaction or fulfillment working for someone else. I had been trading my time and energy for someone else’s dream. Not for my own.
It wasn’t until I became interested in permaculture that this seed started to take root. Permaculture is a design science that promotes working in harmony with nature, by creating systems that are mutually beneficial to both. It is about balance. Not about tipping the scale to one side or the other. The result is an abundance of surplus for the thriving of both people and nature. With these newly awakened passions, I spent the next several years experimenting. We started learning gardening and raised ducks in the backyard of our suburban homestead in Florida. However fait would bring me back full circle, after news of my father’s diagnosis of cancer. With that, we made the decision to uproot from Florida, to right here in Grand Forks.
And now a new adventure begins. And along with it, the opportunity for something great. Something that doesn’t just fulfill my desire to garden and farm, but also gives me a real purpose. A purpose to feel passionate about. That purpose is here. That purpose is to grow good nutritious food for my family and yours. I hope you will join me in helping this vision grow into reality.