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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- Edible Estates will be completing its series in the Twin Cities this summer and is looking for a front lawn to convert into a lush food-producing garden.

Artist Fritz Haeg, originally from Edina, has been planting "edible estates" around the world and is looking for a home in the Twin Cities or surrounding suburb to make his final installment as part of his artistic residency and exhibition at the Walker Art Center.

An open call for has been commission by the Walker Art Center for anyone interested in having their lawn turned into a food-producing garden. The design and planting list will be developed alongside the owners of the chosen home and expenses for the first season of growing will be provided.

For those interested, here are the guidelines for the ideal garden site:

  • The neighborhood should be in the Minneapolis - St. Paul suburbs where lawns rule and residents wouldn't otherwise consider publicly growing food, ideally at the moment where housing development meets farmland.
  • The residence should be a typical or common local living situation opening on to the front yard with windows or doors. We would be particularly interested in a duplex or multi-unit complex where several households share a surrounding open lawn.
  • Estate owners should include at least one avid gardener, be enthusiastic about the project while aware of the amount of work it will involve, committed to continuing the garden as long as they are in the house, and eager to share stories about the project, including a regular journal through the first growing season.
  • The front lawn should be flat, pesticide free, with good sun exposure, few large trees or major landscaping, and very visible from the street with regular traffic. It should ideally be surrounded by other front lawns where a disruption would be dramatic.

Email edibleestates.org for any questions or submissions. Submissions should include:

  • Images of your street, front lawn, home and family.
  • A brief statement about why you are interested.
  • Your complete address, contact information and full name.
  • Must be submitted by May 1st.

For more information visit the Edible Estates website.

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