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    With curiosity and guidebooks in hand, back in 2004, we began a quest to search out and study remnant prairies (pieces of the original prairie) near our home in Adams County, Iowa. It soon became our passion to find a way to help these vanishing treasures survive.

    We enjoyed endless driving on country roads and searching out landowners to discuss the vast array of native forbs and grasses we found and get permission to hand collect seed. It was a treasure hunt adventure every day--GPS mapping, flagging species, and returning to collect the precious seeds that held the genetic material of the original Tallgrass prairie species.

    Sadly, each year, we watch the remnants, that we located earlier, deteriorate and, some, just cease to exist due to the encroachment of introduced grasses, weeds, herbicides, trees, and disturbance.

    Our seed stock came directly from the natural plants that dominated the landscape of pre-settlement Iowa. Now, they can flourish and become, NOT a part of our past, but a part of YOUR life and garden for generations to come.

    Our family is at the heart of this project; our two daughters, grandsons, and even, Rick’s sister!

    It is our hope, to inspire a love for the beauty and historic nature that our tallgrass prairie once graciously laid across the landscape of our region.  

     

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