Establishing Prairie

Establishing Prairie: Selecting Seeds to Restore and Optimize Native Habitat

Cait CaugheySaturday, Oct. 26 | 1-4 p.m.


2024 Hillside Ave. | Mondamin, IA 51557


Cait Caughey | Mullein Hill Farm



Lance Brisbois – Golden Hills Resource Conservation & Development

Cait Caughey is owner and operator of Mullein Hill Farm, a 25-acre farm specializing in flowers, field vegetables and herbs. She has been working to restore portions of the farm back to native upland prairie through careful selection of eco-typical seeds. Lance Brisbois, the deputy director of Golden Hills RC&D, specializes in habitat restoration and outdoor recreation. Come prepared to work as Cait and Lance lead guests on a prairie seed harvest through Cait’s established prairie. You’ll have the opportunity to pick, clean and sort your own prairie seed to take home.

Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, water, a hat and work gloves are recommended attire. Be prepared to walk up to a half-mile through tall grass and uneven terrain.


Refreshments will follow the field day.

See & Discuss

  • Identifying late-season grass and forb species
  • Assessing which individual prairie plant specimens are mature for seed harvest
  • What to consider in choosing and maintaining a site for restoring your own acreage
  • Selecting geographically relevant prairie species based on regional ecotypes
  • Cleaning and processing harvested seed
  • Post-cleaning seed identification

Location Notes

If you’re approaching Mondamin from the south on Interstate 29 north, the best way to avoid all dirt roads is to take Exit 89 (Mondamin exit). Turn right (west) off the ext and go straight through town on state Route 127 for 4.9 miles. Turn left (north) onto Hillside Avenue.


  • Center for Rural Affairs
  • Golden Hills RC&D
  • Iowa Farmers Union
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)