Photos: Harvesting native Minn. prairie species


1 Trista Backlund and other Prairie Restorations, Inc. employees harvest Hoary Vervain in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. Prairie Restorations, Inc. specializes in the designing, restoring and managing of native plant communities. 
2 Trista Backlund holds a sample of Hoary Vervain during harvest in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
3 Greenhouse manager Raina Kujawa uses a seed cleaner to separate Prairie Cinquefoil seeds from the chaff at Prairie Restorations, Inc. in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. Prairie Restorations, Inc. sells more than 100 wildflower, sedge, grass and tree species. 
4 Prairie Restorations, Inc. founder and president Ron Bowen, right, chats on the phone with his brother and vice president John Bowen nearby. The brothers started the business in Princeton, Minn. in 1977 and the company has grown to a staff of 40 full-time employees in six locations. 
5 Al Nord harvests a field of Little Bluestem at Prairie Restorations, Inc. in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
6 The combine rolls through a field of Little Bluestem at Prairie Restoration in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
7 Al Nord feeds Little Bluestem seed through an auger during harvest at Prairie Restorations, Inc. in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
8 Stiff Sunflower seedheads dry on a table at Prairie Restorations, Inc. in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
9 Raina Kujawa examines a tray of plants in the woodland greenhouse at Prairie Restorations, Inc. in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
10 Prairie Restorations, Inc. greenhouse manager Raina Kujawa collects plants from a greenhouse in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012. 
11 Aaron Lueck, left, and Trista Backlund pile Hoary Vervain for drying at Prairie Restorations, Inc. in Princeton, Minn. Sept. 12, 2012.