Once the defining landscape of the continent, more than 99% of North America’s prairie land has been destroyed by modern agricultural and commercial practices. Native tall prairie grass has been replaced by Eurasian tall fescue grass and petroleum-based grains like corn. Perhaps, the most important thing we've lost along with the prairie, was access to free, sustainable food that we didn’t have to “work” for. Native Americans thrived on the roots, fruits, seeds and leaves of nutrient-dense prairie plants as well as on the bison, deer and antelope that grazed on native grasses. In addition to providing a free source of food for humans (and for the animals we eat), prairie plants are key in protecting against global warming, agricultural pollution, soil erosion, flooding, drought and the disappearance of pollinating butterflies and bees. Today, there are numerous prairie restoration projects underway and maintained by conservation departments, organizations, businesses, and individuals. Together, we can invoke awareness, help improve plant/soil health, and restore the sustainability in our lands.
Prairie Blossom Vintage is proud to recommend and support the restorative practices of organizations working to improve our soils and habitat using diverse native plants, and natural grazing practices. Whether you are looking to learn more about the history of prairie lands, discover innovative, land restoration methods, or simply want to add some native plantings to your own gardens/landscaping, click on the resources link for recommended books and websites.
Also, check our recommended prairie organizations/links below, to discover more ways you can get actively involved in prairie restoration.
Hamilton Native Outpost strives to provide a variety of adapted native plants and the knowledge to establish and maintain them for ecosystem restoration, wildlife habitat, grazing, and beauty in low-maintenance landscapes. Livestock adapted to the environment is a complementary enterprise.
Friends of Konza Prairie (FOKP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the Konza Prairie environmental education program. As a member, your contributions are tax-deductible (less benefits received) and go to bringing area school children to the tallgrass prairie.
Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 72 countries across six continents.