Prairie Loft Center

Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor Agricultural Learning, near Hastings was once part of the farm operation at the state mental hospital, known as Ingleside and later as Hastings Regional Center. The farm was active before 1894 and until the late 1960s. The barn being used for the educational activities was built around 1931. Volunteers have worked to strip the barn of its aging coat of paint and put on a new finish. The property is now being used to teach agriculture appreciation, outdoor education, cultural traditions and the wise use of natural resources. The farm once grew fields of cabbage and had banana trees in the greenhouses. Today it is alive with groups of all ages who are working to learn about the environment, sustainable agriculture and the value of being good stewards of all our resources.