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Where Do All of Those Seed Packets Come From?

Just like we are all used to reading labels on where our food comes from, if you see a seed packet without labeling, then be skeptical if it is ecologically appropriate for you. Upper Midwest residents reading this can see here a label with ecologically appropriate seed (within reason given light and soil moisture conditions).However, if you are reading this from Texas, California, or Maryland then this seed is not for you. For...

Growing Midwest Native Trees and Shrubs: Our Process

Native ecological restoration involves using a variety of flora.  In previous posts we’ve discussed our seed and live plant products, and in this post we’ll talk about something that takes a little more time – growing native trees and shrubs. The process for these larger ‘plants,’ if you will, is similar to that for our seeds and seedling plants: we start with seeds.  For our trees and shrubs, we collect the seed from sites where we have obtained them before. That way we can be sure of the origin of each of the species we’re growing. What we do with each species...

We’re Not Just About Prairie

Even though our name is Prairie Restorations, Inc., we’re really about more than prairies. Our aim is to restore native landscapes of all kinds, including shorelines and woodlands. We find that the biggest key to success is selecting the right species for each site. We only use species that are native to Minnesota and we have a large selection of species that grow in woodlands, uplands, shorelines and wetlands. When recommending species to customers we take great care to select those species that are native to your area...

Why We Use Native Plants to Supplement Seed in Ecological Restoration

As a part of our ecological restoration projects here in the Midwest, we use a combination of native seeds as well as plants.   Already-thriving plants are a great way to supplement seeding in restorations.  Jacob Anderson, Director of Products, explains why.     Interviewer:  Can you tell us about why plants are used at times, instead of or in addition to native seeds? Jacob:  We often use live plants and put them alongside seed in a restoration planting.  I think this...

How Our Native Landscaping Company Is Responding to the Rising Demand for Seeds

As the public becomes educated in the need to provide habitat for threatened wildlife – especially pollinators, the demand for native seeds and plants to meet that need is increasing.  As one of the pioneers in the native seed and plant restoration industry, we endeavor to adapt and grow in our capacity to provide native plant species.   We recently talked with our Director of Products, Jacob Anderson, to find out just what PRI’s process and what our native landscaping and ecological restoration company is doing to help fill the demand for native seeds. ...

Bringing People Together With The Land

Hello from the retail store in Scandia! As we move into the new season here, it has been lot of fun to watch throughout the years how our prairie around the building has matured. Our customers enjoy it as well; when they come in and tell us after walking past “that is what I want my yard to be!” From the beginners to the people who’ve been at it awhile, it’s great to talk with them about their experiences and hear about what is working and what isn’t. For those we see on...

Interview with Products Director Jacob Anderson: The Current State of the Native Seed Industry

Editor’s note:  Concern over what people can do about the dwindling pollinator population has led to substantial demand for native seed, one of our main products.  We recently talked with Jacob Anderson, Director of Products, about where things are at currently with the native seed industry as well as PRI’s involvement.     Interviewer:  Can you tell us a little about the present state of the native seed industry? Jacob:  It’s kind of a broad topic – the native seed industry.  But as a short explanation, I...

Spring Means Freshly Tilled Soils

As cliché as spring can be with people going on about the birds singing and flowers blooming, my favorite part of this season is stepping outside and enjoying the smells that have erupted from seemingly nowhere all winter long. My favorite springtime aroma is that of freshly tilled soil. I am never sure if it is the actual smell that I like or if it’s what this scent evokes that I like so much. To me, this smell has always been associated with a fresh start, new beginnings and the hope for...

Diversity…Diversity…Diversity

As I sit here at my desk, wondering what topic to talk about for my blog, I can’t help but reminisce of all the things I have learned, job tasks that I have been part of, people I have been able to work with and places I have been able to travel to. This will be my twenty-first year working at Prairie Restorations, Inc. so there are a lot of things I could talk about. Ultimately, it really comes down to what I am the most passionate about and that is high diversity...

Project with the National Wildlife Refuge to Restore Minnesota Oak Savanna

Prairie Restorations, Inc. Partners with the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge to Help Restore a Minnesota Oak Savanna Ecosystem Oak savannas once covered significant portions of the Upper Midwest, and it was a major part of the landscape pioneers encountered when they came to Minnesota in the 1800s. Unfortunately less the 2/100ths of a percent – or almost nothing – of that native ecosystem still exists today. What is a savanna?  It is a mixed ecosystem with scattered deciduous trees, with enough open...
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