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The art of growing food, not having to mow

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson under Art, People Updated: May 10, 2013 - 11:14 AM




 Aaron, Andrea, Catherine and John Schoenherr are standing in front of their Woodbury home on what will become a big organic garden after being chosen for artist Fritz Haeg's "edible estate" project. Photo by Gene Pittman.

 The Schoenherrs have just "hired" what could be the coolest landscape service ever.

The Woodbury family of four was chosen by artist Fritz Haeg from more than100 applicants to transform their front yard turned into an "edible estate" of organic produce. Haeg is doing a six-month residency at Walker Art Center.

"I think we were chosen because of the location of our yard, getitng good sunlight, lots of open space and because our family loves to garden," said Catherine Schoenherr.

Haeg, who is based in Los Angeles, is a Minneapolis native. This will be his 15th and last installment in his Edible Estate project.

Catherine Schoenherr, and artist and massage therapist, says she's not worried about being too conspicuous in Woodbury, a place she "affectionately" calls "Beigeville," but she is "looking into" city ordinances to make sure they won't be running afoul of any.

Her husband John, an engineering manager at 3M, hopes they can make a community bread-baking oven part of the deal. Look in the Star Tribune's Home & Garden coverage later this summer for a report on their progress.







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