Prairie Birthday Farm, a small family farm in Clay County, Missouri, supplies sustainably produced fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, and edible flowers to area residents and local chefs. In addition, the farm is a sustainable research and land stewardship effort, which strives to mimic nature with a resilient permaculture design. At Prairie Birthday Farm, we are dedicated to:
Producing food that preserves and protects humans, other species, and planet health
Discovering/coaxing exquisite flavors from the Earth
Educating others about the plants and animals that sustain our lives
Inspiring others to produce habitat and food in their own communities
Sharing the artistic beauty of sustainable food growing
Our story begins back in 1995, when farm steward Linda Hezel and her family purchased a small farm. Previous owners had practiced intense, row crop cultivation, which caused topsoil erosion and generally poor soil health. Linda is a career nurse and educator, having received a master's degree in nursing and a doctoral degree in education. She believes that growing and eating nutrient- dense, organic food and teaching others to do the same is a most fundamental nursing practice.
Over the years, the Farm has seen a rebirth thanks to our efforts to reconstruct native prairie, promote biodiversity, practice ecologically based farming, and resurrect our regional, food-based heritage. Learn more about this evolution by visiting our blog, ExquisiteSprouts.