The "Buffalo Stomp," is held each year to revitalize the natural grasses and wildflowers of our Blackland Prairie ecosystem.
The First Frisco Garden Club Buffalo Stomp
November 1, 2013
The first annual "Buffalo Stomp" was the brainchild of three Frisco Garden Club members who had an interest in the hillside of the Northeast corner of Warren Sports Complex: Vaughn Lohec, Edna Willits and Molly Kinson.
Vaughn Lohec lost her sister to the September 11 attacks, and helped to spearhead the building of the Freedom Meadow Memorial at the top of the hill. The Memorial was commissioned and unveiled on September 11, 2005. The family donated two flanking benches in honor of their lost loved one, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. At a 2013 Freedom Meadow Committee meeting, Vaughn expressed that she was sad to have been thrust into the "memorial business" since the national tragedy that personally affected her family in 2001.
Edna Willits has been the FGC Freedom Meadow Chairperson since its inception. The practice of spreading wildflower seed annually at a 9-11 solemn seed scattering observance has been a Frisco Garden Club tradition since 2002. Edna ensures that the local fire department is honored along with the Nation's first responders. The Frisco Fire Department is on-hand annually to water the seed with a ceremonial water salute.
Molly Kinson worked for the Environmental Science Department of our city's Parks and Recreation Department. She passes the hillside every day on her way to work. She has a love for nature and the wildflowers that grow on our small preserve of Blackland Prairie. Through research, she discovered a project trend that pairs the sowing and harvesting of existing and supplemental seed with youth education. The practice is called a "Buffalo Stomp" because the children dancing and stomping in the fields imitates the natural planting of earlier days when buffalo wandered these plains. Sinking the seed pods into the dirt helps them to germinate and increases the yield.
The Frisco Garden Club took a vote and agreed to implement an additional day of seed spreading. The celebratory event: "The Rootin' Tootin' Boot Scootin' Buffalo Stomp was born! The event was a success that Vaughn says would have pleased her sister, Lauren. The kids and adults gain an education; environmentally, as well as, civically. Many of our youth involved in the annual project were born years after 2001.