There is a deep connection between food and strong communities. Think of the great conversations you’ve shared over a meal, or the deep connection you have to place where you’ve grown food to feed your family. Think of your deeper understanding of another culture after eating their food, or how a friend made you feel loved and cared for at a good dinner party.
This summer Folkways hosted Fargo Family Dinner, a dinner series that explores our local food system and sparks conversation about our favorite foods, family traditions and our local food system.
Each Fargo Family Dinner offers a seasonal three-course meal to 40 guests. By working closely with local farmers, we source all of our ingredients as locally as possible—the ingredients from the August dinner traveled, on average, only 65 miles.
In this comfortable and casual setting, we enjoy good company and discuss where our food is grown; who grows it; the challenges of harvesting, cooking and preserving; and the journey of our food waste. In addition to conversation, we also invite guests to get up close and personal with the process. Past activities have included offering guests a chance to plant seeds of lettuce and spinach that will be used in future dinners, and huddling around a bin of all the food waste collected from the dinner to better understand nutrient cycling.
By adding a personal touch to our local food system, together we’re building a community with new connections and deeper roots. One meal at a time.