immigrants, Ferndale nursery, rutabagas, horticulture


Ludvig Christian Mosb~k (1855-193B) was one of the founding fathers of Askov , Minnesota . Coming to the Danish colony when it was called Partridge, he took active part in establishing its church , school , creamery , and first cooperative . But , above all, he was a skilled nurseryman. He created a market for wild ferns , brought in the stock of various trees hardy enough for the northern climate , raised perennials and evergreens from seeds , and introduced rutabagas to the American market. For some years he combined farming with a nursery business, but gradually gave all his attention to his Ferndale nursery , for which he built a large greenhouse in 1930, Mrs. Mosbt:Ek became known as "the Mother of Askov. "