A native flora preserve and sculpture garden

Give to the Max 2021:

Susan creating a mosaic art installment:

​​Artist Susan Swerda Foss is a multi-media artist.  She was inspired by ethnologist Frances Densmore (1867-1957) to create the MGG in 1989. 

Foss managed Tobies Bakery in Hinckley for 30 years and is now in retirement.  She currently serves on the board of the Sandstone Arts Center. 

Our mission: to preserve and promote education of the flora used by the Ojibwe tribes for food, medicine, utility and ceremony.

Special acknowledgment:

With the technical and physical assistance provided by Rodney Foss, a five acre farm field became a botanical sculpture garden based on Ojibwe history.  Rod has hauled rocks, laid out the parameters of a goose, nest and gosling, and built an arbor. He continues to mow the garden perimeters.​​

Rod Foss has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.  In 1969, he retired from engineering and bought his parents' dairy farm.  For 28 years, Susan and Rodney operated a dairy farm on the 1917 homestead where the Minnesota Goose Garden is located.