We are a wholesale and retail nursery, specializing in native plants of the glaciated tallgrass region of Nebraska and Kansas. We are proud to produce local ecotype plants and seed to increase the stability of the ecological networks in our wild spaces.
Local ecotype native plants have local genetics. Their ancestors evolved the traits needed to thrive in their given climate. With few exceptions, our sources are the prairie remnants, untilled pastures, and woodlands of eastern Nebraska and Kansas. It would be simple to purchase seed from producers in other parts of the US, but the resulting plants would lack the traits necessary to flourish here in the dramatic climate of the Great Plains. While finding sources, collecting, and cleaning seed for local ecotype plants requires more time and labor, we're proud to be a part of sustainable gardening and prairie restoration.
Because local seed is a precious resource, we put a premium on growing a healthy plant. Our propagation systems (Ray Leach Cone-tainers & RootMaker) prioritize roots. These systems direct the plant to funnel energy into the root system immediately, akin to the natural development of most prairie species. We use a reduced-peat mix and add non-synthetic fertilizers and mycorrhizae to reduce heat stress. The substance of the root system will show in the first year of growth.
Our mission is to treat our land, seed sources, and neighbors with care. To accomplish this, we are committed to six tenets:
Pay a living wage.
Prioritize childhood education in ecology and natural systems.
Collect wild seed within ethical parameters to maintain a healthy population and seed bank.
Teach the culinary, medicinal, and spiritual uses of native plants.
Value plants for both their ecological purpose and objective beauty.
Continue to reduce plastic and water use.
Our name comes from the conviction that prairie restoration is only complete when keystone fauna species are integrated.
Castor canadensis played a truly formative role in the development of nearly every major ecosystem found in North America, including the treeless prairie. Beavers clean water, raise water tables, develop and maintain biodiverse ecosystems, stabilize stream banks, mitigate both flooding and drought, and sequester carbon.
We're ambitious about ecosystem restoration, but in comparison to our rodent friends we're just "little beavers," still learning.