Fargo Moorhead Sustainability Network
The Fargo-Moorhead Sustainability Network aims to promote more intentional communication with the surrounding community on issues of sustainability, thus facilitating progress on sustainability issues. We also aim to open up new opportunities for students to engage with community partners in sustainability-related work. This network is built on an understanding of sustainability that recognizes the deep interdependence of ecological systems, economic systems, and social communities.
Community members are invited to attend monthly network meetings to explore possibilities for collaboration and mutual support in promoting sustainability. For more information contact Dr. Stephanie Ahlfeldt.
Concordia College Alumni Sustainability Network
Whether you are working in a field that addresses sustainability or you have a personal interest in it, we invite you to become part of an exciting network of Cobbers that works to ensure that human progress and the maintenance of our Earth's integrity go hand-in-hand.
Local Community Resources and Volunteer Opportunities
If you have a local organization that should be added to this list, send it to Samantha Hill.
- Prairie Roots Food Co-op is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food.
- Doubting Thomas Farm offers a variety of organic and heirloom vegetables, mushrooms, rolled oats, organic flours, barley, blue corn, and dried beans. They also have grass-fed beef and, occasionally, pork, turkey, chicken, and eggs. The farm is certified organic by USDA and Global Alliance Organic, an organic certification agency. They offer educational local food mystery tours and classes such as pasta making, bread making, and cultural cooking.
- Woodchuck Community Farm is an organic vegetable farm serving the Fargo-Moorhead area through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
- Lynn Brakke Organic Beef provides grass fed, organic, local beef.
- Askegaard Organic Farm is a 5th generation family farm, committed to organic agriculture. They provide flaxseed, whole wheat flour, wheat berries, and soy beans.
- Growing Together brings together Christians, Muslims & Hindus for the sake of friendship and gardening.
- Probstfield Organic Community Garden has about 100 20ft x 30ft plots for rent each growing season.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
- HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization) collects and redistributes donated healthcare supplies to benefit those in need.
- Habitat for Humanity Re-store is a local home-improvement thrift store that offers new and gently used building supplies, furniture, appliances and more with prices ranging from 25-75% off retail price.
- Clay County Solid Waste Management designs and implements an integrated solid waste management system, following the state’s laws and regulations and county directives, that is the most feasible, environmentally sound, and institutionally acceptable, with the least cost to the citizens of Clay County.
- Fargo Solid Waste Department has recycling information available here.
- River Keepers is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to protect and preserve the integrity and natural environment of the Red River in the FM area. In addition, River Keepers is interested in the recreation and sustainable development uses of the Red River. River Keepers promotes a renewed vision for the Red River of the North through workshops, youth service-learning projects and advocacy.
- Longspur Prairie Fund is dedicated to fostering the experiences, insights, and pleasures found in the native landscapes of the Red River Valley by way of advocacy, education, and conservation.
- Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society is committed to the understanding, promotion, and appreciation of horticulture in the Northern Great Plains. They serve the public by providing educational gardening opportunities. They seek to enrich our community and the common good through the use of plant and to promote good stewardship of the environment.
- Fargo Park District
- Moorhead Parks and Recreation
- Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Fargo-Moorhead area. An MPO is a transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local government and transportation authorities.
- Cultural Diversity Resources seeks to inform, educate and assist everyone to welcome and integrate diversity at both personal and professional levels. CDR’s programs range from certified bilingual interpretative services, job readiness, and diversity education impacting the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.
- South Agassiz Resource Council is an affiliate of Dakota Resource Council, which was founded to protect North Dakota’s land, air, water, rural communities and agricultural economy. Contact DRC Organizer Scott Skokos at 595-2344 or Chair Bette Stieglitz at 234-0603 for more information.
- Plains Art Museum launched an initiative to engage artists with communities in public spaces to create “defiant gardens,” borrowing the term from Kenneth Helphand’s study of gardens in wartime. The term poetically captures a sense of affirmation for something that is necessary but missing from our places. The defiant gardens will become places where people will gather and where sociability can flourish amid greenery.