The squash pumpkin patch at Probstfield Farm project involves reinvigorating the sustainable agricultural heritage of the Red River Valley through educating the community about organic/sustainable agriculture. The Farm’s primary mission is to preserve and interpret the agricultural heritage and legacy that RM Probstfield began 100 years ago. The Probstfield farm is one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) remaining farms in the Red River Valley. The knowledge and educational benefits a historic landmark such as Probstfield Farm offers has the potential to change the community for generations of children, students, and adults alike. Probstfield Farm consists of 118 acres of land containing historic buildings, conventional croplands, organic gardens, a portion of the Red River Valley Cart Trail, and a classic steamboat landing; in general, a wealth of historical and educational opportunities. Maintaining historical values yet fulfilling educational needs and goals is a significant pursuit of the Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation (PFLHF). Currently, approximately 7 of the 118 acres are used for the purposes of community and marketing organic gardening. In three years we are planning to reserve 24 acres for organic and sustainable agriculture. PFLHF has the vision to become a self-sustained living history farm.
The conversion of a small farmstead into a successful educational museum and living history farm is a multi-step process. Probstfield Farm is only 3 miles from the centers of Downtown Fargo and Moorhead. As farming in the late 1800’s did not include the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, this project proposes to demonstrate to youth and others how farming was successful without some of the “modern” chemical tools. Small grain crops, squash and pumpkins, and cover crops are excellent demonstration plants