My desire to help restore sustainable landscapes along with a fascination with the
designs, patterns, and beauty in nature led me to become involved with ecological
restoration projects. My project involved planning and working on two different prairie
restorations begun by my religious community, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls,
In one project I learned about the process of prairie restoration and helped plan a
5-acre prairie restoration at Clare’s Well, a spirituality farm in Annandale, Minnesota. 1
planned the project with the three Sisters in my Franciscan religious community who live
and work at Clare’s Well. Prairie Restorations, Inc. (PRI), a 25-year-old prairie
restoration company of good and reputable service, was chosen by the Sisters to do the
main work of prepping the site and planting.
In the other prairie restoration project at the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls,
Minnesota Motherhouse, I will be more involved with the work than at Clare’s Well.
Our gardener at the Motherhouse, Sister Ruth Lentner, has wanted to plant a prairie
garden for a couple of years but has not had the time to do so. Sister Ruth and I will
work together to plan the project and do the work.