In 2015, The Village Farms began the planning process to create a wildflower prairie at the upper dam along the west side of Oak Ridge road. Led by our Director of Lakes Management, Tom Frederiksen, the effort is aimed at replacing approximately 1.5 acres of turf grass with a native wildflower prairie which will incorporate education, conservation and habitat, a demonstration garden, and cost savings to the homeowners association.
Working in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Village Farms has been provided materials, expertise and grant funding to make this project possible. In addition to the educational, ecological, and beautification benefits, we expect direct savings of approximately $3,500 per year through reduction of mowing and maintenance in the area.
Wildflower seed was sown in early June, 2016, and a wet summer has created ideal growing conditions. Wildlife and beneficial insects, including Monarch butterflies and honeybees, have begun settling in the area too. Please watch our website, Facebook, and monthly newsletters for more updates on the project. More importantly, stop by for a visit and enjoy it for yourself!