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      Hometown Farmer: The Prairie Flower

      Harvest looks a little different for Dwight Rutter.

      He's not working with corn or beans, bus grasses and flowers.

      Dwight's always loved Iowa's native prairie, but each year there's less and less of it.

      "There's one tenth of one percent of the prairie left and that's not much," said Dwight.

      He and his wife decided to turn a hobby into a business, called "The Prairie Flower."

      It's a decision that took years.

      "It costs us like a thousand dollars an acre to plant it," said Dwight. "Then it takes four years before we can ever harvest the first seed off that."

      He even has to have special equipment like a "debearder" to clean seeds, he's even re-purposed some kitchen tools and has a modified combine.

      But a lot of the work happens in a small shed, sorting the seed from the chaff, with nothing more than a dust pan and a fan.

      "It doesn't matter what we're cleaning," said Dwight. "It all goes through this same process."

      Dwight goes through weeks and hours of work, by hand, to make sure Iowa's prairie never dies.

      Dwight and Bev also run a bed and breakfast.

      To find out more, please visit: http://theprairieflower.com/

      If you know of any farmers you think would be great here on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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