WOODBURY, Minn. - It's not quite winning the lottery, but the Schoenherr family of Woodbury did get lucky in being selected to have their front yard transformed into an "Edible Estate."
Haeg callsthis project"a diverse organic productive pleasure garden out the front door."
The fifteenth in a series of Edible Estates that Haeg has created around the world, this one brings the eight-year project to a close. It's also a homecoming of sorts for the artist who grew up in suburban Minneapolis and is now based in Los Angeles.
Some 100 families from all over the Twin Cities metro region offered their lawns and their labor for the project, responding to a call for participants that went out two months ago. Haeg noted that the Schoenherrs are just what he'd hoped for: They live in an outer suburb and their front lawn is large and highly visible with lots of sun exposure -- and they have gardening skills.
While that last qualification only came about recently for the family, their energy, enthusiasm and sheer ambition will prove as valuable as years ofexperience digging, tending and harvesting.