Returning Farmland to Nature in Minnesota

Dale Aden is a third-generation farmer in the Midwestern US state of Minnesota. For years, he watched the Okabena Creek flood and destroy his crops and farmland. After the losses took their toll, Aden decided to return the land to wildlife. He participated in a conservation program called Reinvest in Minnesota. The program pays farmers to sell their marginal land, and return it to its natural state. Now much of Dale Aden’s farmland has become wetland, full of wildlife.

Farm Restoration in Minnesota
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Warren Webber
Warren Webber10 months ago

Live long and prosper!

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Dale Aden is one in a million. Great idea and I wish other states had a program like that. Thanks Chris for posting this.

Deirdre B.
Raven Boyne3 years ago

Perhaps it is not too late. Humans may still have a touch of kindness left in them.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Good job, Dale. Returning part of your farmland to nature has to feel really rewarding!!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


colleen p.
colleen p.3 years ago

i wonder if they will do that here. I mean. we grow corn for humans. so what if people want "Jersey fresh corn". you just poop out corn anyway. and they built a church of all things almost right on top of protected wild life land.

how stupid.

Talya Honor
Tal H.3 years ago

So great when people get so involved!!!! :)

Emily S.
Emily S.3 years ago

Very cool!

Monica D.
Monica D.3 years ago

Great news and very sensible.

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez3 years ago

thank u!