Fritz Haeg is a trained architect, artist, and organic activist whose work spans a range of disciplines and media including gardens, dance, performance, design, installation, ecology and architecture. He is currently the Walker Art Center’s Artist in Residence. Edible Estates was a book published in 2005, when Haeg started the project. He is now on his 15th Edible Estate in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Haeg’s idea of the Edible Estate dates back to the Victory Gardens of WWI and WWII. The idea is to produce your own food, and to collaborate with your neighbors to work sub-urban landscapes into less isolated communities.
Now Fritz Haeg is working with the Schoenherr family of Woodbury Minnesota to transform their blank suburban yard into an Edible Estate. Mr Haeg, along with several volunteers has been working hard to transform their yard into a food producing installation.
Tearing up the front lawn, a near-sacred symbol of American success and leisure, in favor of tomatoes and beans is still controversial and even illegal in many places. In fact, “The Battlefront in the Front Yard,” a New York Times story published last December, documented a nationwide string of disputes between front-yard gardeners and disapproving neighbors and city officials; some were charged with violating city codes and ordinances.- Walker Art Center
The yard has been transformed from grass to a place for the entire community to come together. There is a round area for the community to sit and talk, as well as a giant pizza oven and a little library.Fritz Haeg has also developed an installation in the Walker’s sculpture garden called, Foraging Circle. Here, you’ll find perennial plants as well as medicinal plantings. Visit the Foraging Circle today at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.