I guess I heard about Wes Jackson and the Land Institute sometime about 2 years ago with their work and ideas become more exciting to me the closer to the Prairie land I get. They are working to develop an agricultural system that builds the ecological resilience of the prairie while providing a grain yield comparable to the current annual crops that are grown across the North America prairies - at the expense of the ecosystems.
We weren't sure when we'd arrive so didn't get a chance to book a guided tour however the Institute is open access for people to walk around and guide themselves. I did ring the doorbell of the main building to let them know we were there... and with the hopes that Wes Jackson would answer the door. :) He didn't... but that didn't stop me from peering at every person I saw on site to see if it might be him. The pictures below are some highlights. Added now to my list of things to do before I am 40: attend the Land Institute's annual Prairie Festival.
(Photos from the whole trip can be viewed here.)
|The original Land Institute|
|The new Land Institute|
|NOT Wes Jackson :(... but a really friendly fellow|