Native American Seed Presentation

The Seeds Have Sprouted So Now What?”

Commons Ford PRO offers a presentation by George Cates of Native American Seed on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM at the Commons in Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 W. Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX

Native prairie restoration requires much more than simply planting native grass and wildflower seeds. A rigorous monitoring and maintenance program is essential, especially in the early stages, to create the best opportunity for success. Based on his experience in planting, maintaining, and restoring native prairies as a part of his work with Native American Seed, Mr. Cates will emphasize the key steps required to establish a native prairie for the long term when it is held in the public trust.

George Cates began interning for Native American Seed in 2002 and was hired full time after graduating Austin College in 2006 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. For the past decade, he has participated in and led many NAS prairie restorations utilizing seeds harvested across the many ecoregions of Texas. George also manages NAS farming and seed production operations in Junction, TX. He has a remarkable capacity for looking at problems as “challenges” to be met, and the kind of willingness to learn that is a priceless asset. He loves to teach and share what he has learned through his experiences.

Native American Seed of Junction, Texas, is based at the center of nine eco-regions. The company’s mission is to help people restore the earth by offering a wide diversity of 100% locally adapted native species. Practical solutions for eco-logical land management and responsible beauty are goals that we can all achieve by working together using the best management practices available.

Commons Ford Prairies Restoration Organization is a community organization which has developed a partnership with Austin Parks and Recreation Department to carry out its goal of implementing a native prairie restoration project at Commons Ford Park. The organization has worked with other partners on the project including Austin Parks Foundation, Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Travis Audubon Society and Native Prairies Association of Texas and has received grants from Austin Parks Foundation, TogetherGreen (National Audubon Society/Toyota), Field Guides and Patagonia.

This event is open to the public. Given the limited seating, registration is required. To make a reservation, please contact Ed Fair at

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