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Prairie Facts

Kirchoff Family Farm

Location: Wilson County
Region: Blackland Prairie and South Texas Brush Country
Size: 200 acres
Ownership: Owned by Kirchoff Family Farm, LLC with a conservation easement held by NPAT

Site Description

Kirchoff Family Farm features three geologic formations—Leona Formation, Wellborn Formation, and Cadell Formation— and five soil mapping units—Coy clay loam, Buchel clay, Saspamco fine sandy loam, and Loire and Divot soils. The property supports reestablished grasslands in the fields that were previously utilized for agriculture then reseeded as well as a dense, woody plant community commonly found in South Texas. 

Native prairie habitat has been restored on the blackland prairie of the Kirchoff Family Farm.  Two natural riparian areas exhibit Tamaulipan floodplain habitat containing few invasive species.

Habitats are being preserved for butterflies, neotrpotical songbirds, grasslandbirds, and Sprague’s Pipet which has been identified on the property and is a candidate for endangered species.

“Farm to Native Prairie” philosophy is evident in the

The Kirchoff Family Farm Updates

Read how the Kirchoff Family continues to work, as they always have, to ensure their family farm is a financially self-sustaining prairie! Enjoy the chronological accounts of the work they’ve done and includes candid GAME CAMERA photographs as well!  (Don Kirchoff, Photographer)

This easement provides public access to the restored farm and its natural communities. The Kirchoff Family’s “Farm to Native Prairie” philosophy is a working example of how native prairies will become invaluable as more landowners become interested in restoring their own lands to native prairies. You will appreciate the Kirchoff Family’s explanation of just ‘HOW IT WORKS’.  They are carrying out their plan to create a financially self-sustaining prairie for future family members.

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