SEASON 1

In our first season, we hosted five events featuring fifteen speakers from interests and industries across our local food system.

This new community space fostered connections, increased our collective understanding of local projects (and the people behind them), inspired action, and celebrated our awesome local food community.

At the end of the season, we asked our 133 unique attendees who they were, why they came, and what kept them coming back. This is what they shared:

attendee Demographics

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ATTENDEE REACTIONS

"First Fridays is a really cool opportunity to create stronger connections in the community and a platform to push ideas forward."

  • Annie Wood, Minnesota State University Moorhead

"The overall event had a wonderful vibe -- from the venue, to the people, to the topics -- loved the environment & buzz."

  • Michelle Draxten, Fargo Cass Public Health

"Finally! A food focused event featuring our awesome food community!"

  • Casey Steele, Square One Kitchen

78% of attendees reported making a new connection  as a result of first fridays


54% OF ATTENDEES REPORTED A PERSONAL CHANGE A RESULT OF FIRST FRIDAYS, INCLUDING NEW PARTNERS, PARTICIPATION IN SPEAKER EVENTS + PROJECTS, AND SHOPPING MORE AT PRAIRIE ROOTS