Welcome to the Driftless Prairies!

Life is interesting! So much to learn!!

We have an endless supply of activities and interesting things happening here at the Driftless Prairies. It seemed a shame to keep them to ourselves, hence the creation of this site. We have a great time learning about the world around us and experimenting with new things.  Life truly is a journey!

We have 2 restored prairies and 5 acres of woods which we have cleared of invasive trees and plants (and continue to monitor).  We have another 12 acres that we are going to plant to prairie in a couple of years. So much work but so much fun!!

In January 2008, we planted the first prairie and since we have referred to it as the 5-Acre Prairie for years, that’s what we named it! In 2010, we planted the Berry Prairie, a 3.5 acre area. It is so named because there were native berry bushes along the edge, which inspired us to plant a few more.  The 12-acre area will be planted in 2015 and we’ll call is the Savanna Prairie. There is a knoll on the northern side of this 12 acres that we will plant with a few oaks.

Most of our work is in ecological restoration, but we also have homesteading tendencies. We have bee hives on the property, we garden, we make soap & lotion, we forage, and we cook & can. Our homesteading tendencies stem from our desire to have quality products with natural ingredients and as an offshoot of the restoration work.

Our restoration work includes many aspects, one being plant propagation.  We have successfully propagated some threatened and endangered species and have introduced them back to the land.

This work will be a labor of love for years to come. I hope you can learn from our journey and if you post comments, we hope to learn from you as well!