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A New Kind of Farmer: A habitat preservation farm offers a safe haven for butterflies

Laura Araujo, July 2018 (Oklahoma Living)

Jane Breckinridge is a fifth-generation farmer in Leonard, Oklahoma. The land she lovingly tends is a 160-acre allotment that was deeded to her great-grandmother, Neosho Parthena Brown, in 1899. Brown, a woman of Euchee and Creek descent, was the daughter of the last Euchee Chief, Samuel W. Brown...

Couple uses Bixby farmland to grow crop that sprouts wings at the Euchee Butterfly Farm

Will DuPree, July 20, 2017 (KJRH)

BIXBY - The main crop that people will find growing at Jane Breckinridge's farm is the kind that sprouts wings.


She and her husband run the Euchee Butterfly Farm , where they grow and sell different...

Monarchs Forever

Lynette Lamb, February 9, 2017 (Macalester Today)

The Minnesota State Fair—one of the nation’s busiest—is corn dog and cookie stands, throngs of sweaty, determined people, the deafening jangle of the Midway, the squawks and squeals of livestock.

But inside the butterfly house exists another world altogether. Children and adults float through the netted facility not unlike butterflies themselves—quietly, slowly, calmly...

Imperiled monarch butterflies get some much needed help from Native American tribes

Reuters, May 12, 2016 (Washington Post) 

Seven Native American tribes in Oklahoma will provide habitat and food on their lands for monarch butterflies, whose numbers have plummeted in recent years due to troubles along their lengthy migration route from Mexico to Canada.

While an estimated 1 billion monarchs migrated in 1996, only about 35 million made the trip in 2013, according to Marcus Kronforst, a professor of ecology and evolution at...

Tribes land $248,000 grant to help monarch butterflies

Kelly Bostian, October 3, 2015 (Tulsa World)

She has watched butterflies all her life and raises them commercially at her Euchee Butterfly Farm in Bixby, but it was while driving the highways of eastern Oklahoma with a University of Kansas professor that Jane Breckinridge found the inspiration to open others’ eyes to the plight of the monarch butterfly in her home state.

Orley “Chip” Taylor, a KU ecology professor and founder of Monarch Watch, had his own way of looking at the landscape.

Butterfly farm is a surprising job creator

Katie Lobosco August 14, 2014 (CNNMoney) 


One industry that's adding jobs? Butterfly farming.

Yup, raising butterflies and selling them to zoos and museums, or to release at weddings and funerals, is a real business -- with growing demand.

Jane Breckinridge has been doing it for more than 20 years. Her team at Euchee Butterfly Farm in Oklahoma puts on exhibits, or "butterfly houses," at places like the Minnesota State Fair. There, people can walk through large garden spaces to watch and even feed...

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town receives $500,000 grant for butterfly farming

Nour Habib August 4, 2014 (Tulsa World)


OKEMAH — There’s money to be made in butterfly farming.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized the potential for jobs in the industry and awarded a $500,000 grant to the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town in Oklahoma. The grant will support the Natives Raising Natives project, a partnership between the tribe and the Euchee Butterfly Farm that will enable tribal members to raise and sell butterflies.

Oklahoma tribal citizens to learn butterfly farming

Kristi Eaton, June 9, 2014 (Associated Press)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Perhaps no creature symbolizes transformation as much as the butterfly, and a Native American butterfly farmer is hoping to use her knowledge of the colorful insects to transform the lives of other tribal members in rural parts of Oklahoma.

Jane Breckinridge, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, runs Euchee Butterfly Farm near Leonard, Oklahoma, and has been in the butterfly business for 20 years. She started a program last year, Natives Raising Natives, in which she aims to train other tribal members to also...



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