Working Lands

NATIVE

Native Agriculture To InVigorate Ecosystems

Audubon’s NATIVE project is training farmers to grow native plants as an environmentally friendly, climate change-resistant specialty crop that provides both income and on-farm wildlife habitat. Income is from the sale of seed to meet the growing demand for locally sourced native warm season grasses, including Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indiangrass, and Switchgrass, plus pollinator-friendly forbs, like Blazingstar, Coneflower, and Compassplant, needed to restore Arkansas's prairies.

Restoration of prairie ecosystems, once home to the Greater Prairie-Chicken, will help other declining grassland birds such as the Northern Bobwhite, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Dickcissel.

Preparing a bed to be sown with native grasses. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Broadcasting native grass seed. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Planting native grass plugs. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Switchgrass Photo: Audubon Arkansas
A farmer's Switchgrass crop is coming up. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Mature Switchgrass stand. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Native grass production plots double as buffers for traditional row crops. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
An ironweed plug planted in plastic mulch with drip tape irrigation. Photo: Audubon Arkansas

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Audubon Arkansas's Flail-vac is up and running, sweeping up Little Bluestem seeds so that farm production plots can be made for Audubon's NATIVE Project.

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