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Charting the Future - Building a base of stock plants, propagating new varieties, and finally selling prairie seeds!

Whenever I walk our fields, I am always astounded at the progress we've made in the last 2 years - but at the same time - surprised by how little appears to have changed.
We are building a honey bee research facility and a cold hardy edible plant breeding program. None of that is built quickly....or for free. It can be incredibly daunting to venture into an agricultural business. The upfront costs are enormous, everything is dependent on mother nature (from weather, to insects, to animal predation, to diseases, to whether your plants/animals live or die) and in the end there is no guarantee that a customer will be there to purchase your goods.

That is what we have been experiencing over the last 2 years. But there is good news to report!

First - our prairie started to show up this year! This is huge on so many different levels! We spent thousands of dollars, said "no" to recurring farm rental income, and then watched in horror as it appeared all of our seeds had died. Pa…

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