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About Prairie Rose Farm and Floral

 Prairie Rose Farm and Floral is owned and operated by Heidi Wanzek and Em Klein.  We are a queer-owned regenerative flower farm and wedding florist, incorporating everyday magic into our farming practices. We believe in the power of beauty and the difference locally sourced blooms make in a community. From waste reduction, care for the local environment, to a higher quality product, the ripple of growing local extends far.

We use regenerative growing practices and never use any chemical products on our plants. We utilize a no-till method, do all the work by hand, and are working on restoring the soil health in our field. We grow familiar garden favorites, specialty blooms, grasses and foliage, as well as herbs. We take pride in our slow, intentional approach to both farming and floral design. 

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Our Story

Both Heidi and Em have backgrounds as artists. They met each other at Oxbow School of Arts in Saugatuck, Michigan. Heidi has a background in sculpture as well as landscaping, woodworking, farmwork and the flower industry/floral design. Heidi's background in the floral world helps to inform what is grown on the farm, from which specific varieties to color palettes get chosen each season. Em is a natural problem solver and doer. Em also has a background in sculpture, thru-hiking and welding. Em's skills are integral to the success of the farm and can make any dream project happen. We love working together and have been in a collaboration of projects since we met. Our farm is also home to two sweet critters; Lux and Olympia.

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We want to thank the farmers who taught us a lot about what we know and answered many questions along the way, including the wonderful Cornelia McNamara Flowers in Chicago, IL, the barefoot Breigh Peterson previously of Mountain Cloud Farm in Clark Fork, ID, and the knowledgable teacher Rebecca Gramdorf of Small Wheel Farm in Hermantown, MN who so generously lent us a plot our first year of farming. 

 

The farm is located in Mahtowa, Minnesota, about 30 miles south of Duluth.  We are very lucky to have a found beautiful spot that was well maintained and cared for by the previous owners, Connie and Lock.

We acknowledge that we are on stolen, traditional and contemporary indigenous land. This region is ancestral to the Dakota and Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) people. We recognize them as the original caretakers in relationship and deep-knowing of this land. As a land-based business it is important to us that we recognize this and continuously learn about the history embedded here.

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