Doolittle Gardens is a private residence that grows and sells primarily Missouri native plants. Their plants are available for sale at the Rolla Farmers Market and at the Fall Native Plant Sale, Birding & Pollinator Festival (September 7, 2019 at Audubon Trails Nature Center). Sales can also be made on site by appointment. Kurt and Ted are very knowledgeable about native plants and can advise you about the best plants for your needs.
Prairie Hill Farms
877 County Rd. 263,Auxvasse, MO 65231
Prairie Hill Farms is a wholesale native plant nursery. They provide seeds, plugs and plants. They have sold plants at the Master Naturalist Spring Native Plant Sale at the Rolla Farmers Market for the past few years. Devin will be able to advise you on the proper conditions your plants will need to thrive.
Ned’s Nesting Boxes
Steve sells several types of houses for specific birds, for bats and for butterflies. He even has birdhouse kits for children to make themselves. Steve is a member of the Missouri Bluebird Society (and past president) and has run a bluebird trail for years. If you have any questions about hosting bluebirds on your property, Steve is your man!
Nature Mugs by Jim Rathert
Jim designs and makes mugs using a complex process called dye sublimation which results in long lasting color and excellent detail for his images. He was a professional wildlife photographer with the MISSOURI CONSERVATIONIST magazine. He is also a wildlife biologist and a birder. Jim sells a variety of bird and wildlife imaged gift items that would make excellent Christmas presents for early holiday shoppers. Be sure to stop by and see what he has to offer.
Root Cellar/ Prairie Bird Pastures
1005 Park Ave., Columbia, MO 65201 573-443-5055
306 E. High St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 573-761-0569
“Local, farm fresh food is what we do.” Jake and Chelsea Davis’ mission is to “support Missouri’s farmers and artisan food producers by providing a high-quality outlet for consumers“. The Root Cellar has been in business since 2001. They developed the Bounty Box, a weekly food subscription thanks to the contributions of several farmers. They also sell Audubon Certified Grass-fed Beef at their stores and online.
Jake will be grilling these grass-fed beef burgers at the festival so you can taste the difference native plants and grassland grazing rotations can make in the quality and texture of their beef. Chris Wilson, Director of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program, will be helping Jake and will be happy to talk about this program that is really taking off in the western states. If you’re thinking about the benefits of native forage for your cattle, be sure to visit with Chris.