Duffy Meadows began in 2016 with the dream of building a sustainable tree nursery, mixed wildlife habitat, and research apiary in the sand plains of Minnesota.
Improving the quality, hardiness, and availability of edible plants, enhancing long term honey bee health, and providing knowledge to successfully integrate agriculture with wildlife habitat are our goals.
We spent the first few years, restoring the tilled acreage to native prairie and cleaning up years of farm debris (nails, sheet metal, rotten boards, equipment, nails, barbed wire, old appliances, and nails.) Buckets and buckets of nails have been removed from the ground, and we are still finding them!
Then we started planting trees.
We’ve planted hundreds of trees – balsam fir, blue spruce, frasier fir, maples, hackberries, redbuds, American Lindens, pears, black walnuts, mulberry, buffaloberry, nannyberry, chestnuts, cherries, plums, willows, and apples…. We will continue to plant, graft, splice, grow, and sell trees.
All of our trees, shrubs and prairie plants are bred to withstand the harshest conditions. Minnesota is well known for its brutal winters, but the sand plains take it up a notch with blisteringly dry summers.
Duffy Meadows is a unique environment for raising honey bees. Isolated and surrounded by oak/aspen/hazel forest, pine barrens, wetlands, sand dunes, wild prairies, and farmlands, we are using the land to research and improve honey bee health.
Over time, this land will bear much fruit – both in scientific discoveries and actual fruit!