Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin
The taproot of the Compass Plant, a Midwest prairie native, grows 20 feet deep into the soil. In 1837 John Deere developed a steel plow that was well-suited for cutting through the prairie soil. As the prairie was uprooted, settlers put down their own roots.
What does it mean to be deeply rooted, to be uprooted and to put down one’s roots again? What nourishes us in good times and bad? How do we find strength after the storms of life have left? How does our connection to nature, community and spirituality support us?