Prairie Smoke - Southeast Minnesota
Encouraging the restoration, propagation, and maintenance of prairies of all sizes, urban and rural, through education and assistance to landowners, both public and private.
Planning to purchase garden plants this Spring? Concerned about declining bee populations? Be sure to read labels and try to avoid purchasing plants treated with Neonicotinoids (neonics). Neonicotinoids are a group of insecticides that are systemically absorbed by plants and can be present in pollen and nectar. Although there are some dissenting opinions, it's generally agreed upon that they may play a big role in the decline of bee populations. Neonics are commonly used by companies that grow and sell gardening and landscaping plants to larger chain stores and garden centers. For more information, check the the Xerces Society website.
"Expressing appreciation for the great volunteer organization, Prairie Smoke! Volunteers have helped me twice with the implementation of a controlled prairie burn at my property in West Albany, MN. These burns were conducted in accordance with instructions from the Farm Service Agency in order to convert CRP to prairie. It was only with the capable advice from the volunteers that I was able to conduct these burns with relative ease. This was a huge project (79.5 acres) and required a great deal of expertise--more than what I possess. The first controlled burn was done in 2012 and this was actually the catalyst for being able to convert to prairie! So many varieties of prairie grasses and flowers were "awakened" during that first fire. I expect even more miracles with this second fire.
"Not only is Prairie Smoke available to guide you, but the equipment needed for the burn is available for use. All that is required is active membership in the organization, plus a donation for use of the equipment." Thank you!! Helen Myers
Why We Promote Native Prairies
- Prairies provide a season-long food supply and habitat for our native pollinators and wildlife
- Prairies remove carbon from the atmosphere
- The deep roots of prairie plants help water absorb into the soil rather than run off into streams
Mail: P.O. Box 1312, Eyota, MN 55934
Prairie Smoke is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization.