News From the Wild Side-April 2016

HawkMouse_copy.pngHappy Earth Day! 

Spring is in full bloom - cherry blossoms and other early blooms are open, migrating birds are making their way north, bees, snakes, and other hibernating creatures are waking from their winter slumber, new life is abounding - so much to witness and appreciate.

 

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We are not only witnessing the birth of a new season and life, but we are experiencing the interconnectedness of our world. The flowers open to feed the sleepy bees and insects, to pollinate the plants and produce fruit, to feed the birds, to many, many more ecological processes. An intense and magical system.

Wild Farm Alliance is working hard to keep these critical systems in place - biodiversity is the foundation for our survival. 

We are so thankful for your commitment to our work, it means a lot to us! Without your support we would not be able to accomplish our goals. 

Visit our new website!


We are so excited to share our new website with you that is advancing our work. It is chockfull of important resources, information, and most of all actions for you and others to get involved. Building the national movement to empower farmers, connect consumers and protect the future of agricultural lands is our number one priority - because without yours and other voices, we won't win.

The first step is to visit our new website and join thousands of others across the country who care about protecting the integrity of our agricultural lands for future generations. Together we will ensure farmers have the tools and resources they need to protect biodiversity and remain viable in the face of climate change. 

The next step is to spread the word and help us reach thousands of others and inspire them to join the national movement too!

The final step is critical - please make a donation to Wild Farm Alliance! We can't do this important work without you, so please take 2 minutes right now to help us connect with more people across the country.

Our new website makes it easy, just sign up and then follow the prompts to share on your social media profiles and via email. Then make a secure, tax-deductible donation.

It will only take 2 minutes of your time, but will make a HUGE impact for wildlife everywhere.  

Thank you so much for your support and partnership. We are excited to launch our new online presence and look forward to making a big impact in the coming years.

For the wild, 

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Jo Ann Baumgartner            Shelly Connor
Executive Director               Assistant Director


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Wild Farm Alliance Joins the Safe Rodent Control Coalition

Wild Farm Alliance is pleased to join this new coalition. The Safe Rodent Control (SRC) Coalition promotes resources to help you manage rodents safely, effectively, and affordably without the harmful impacts of chemical rodent control methods. SRC is a resource center supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders striving to protect children, pets, and wildlife from exposure to rodenticides.

Along with joining the SRC Coalition, we signed onto a letter supporting CA legislation, AB 2596 (Bloom). This bill allows for common sense controls on dangerous rat and mouse poisons in order to eliminate rodenticide use where it leads to unnecessary poisonings to non-target organisms while still allowing for their use to protect California’s agricultural economy and to protect public health and the environment.

While this bill doesn't restrict the use of these rodenticides in agriculture, it will help to protect wildlife from rodenticide poisonings, including predator birds like hawks, eagles, and owls who are important for our farms. Studies in CA have shown that use of rodenticides have resulted in the poisoning of over 44 different wildlife species, including endangered wildlife as the San Joaquin kit fox. This bill is a step in the right direction to identifying ways to support CA wildlife.

We urge you to visit the SRC Coalition's website and learn more. 


LillethApple.pngGrowing a Powerful Movement

With the launch of our new website and your help, we are building a powerful network that will work with Wild Farm Alliance to reverse biodiversity loss, develop agriculture’s long-term resiliency to climate change, and maintain the integrity of our agricultural lands for future generations.

Please join the movement and make a donation today!

Food makes us who we are, from our first taste of a fresh raspberry, to the food served at an important celebration. Food is integral to every aspect of our lives. So many people across the country are questioning where their food comes from and how it was produced, focusing on local and pesticide-free, and while important, they are not enough.

Food and farming embody more - supporting the beauty and functionality that biodiversity provides on the farm and the survival of our plate. Diverse farms support our wild neighbors, ecosystem services, and our agricultural future.

Please donate to Wild Farm Alliance - together, we will move the food and farming movement to a new level, one that incorporates biodiversity. 


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Get involved with the Adirondack Harvest Festival

Wild Farm Alliance is pleased to sponsor this inspiring event!

The Greenhorns is thrilled to present the Adirondack Harvest Festival featuring Power North on September 16-18, 2016, a three-day public festival celebrating the remarkable arts, cultural diversity and new economies of the Adirondacks, and showcasing the emerging multi-sectoral character of the Champlain Valley.

In collaboration with our partners, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), Cornell Cooperative Extension, Champlain Area Trails (CATS), Essex Farm and Draft Animal Power Network (DAPNet), we are co-hosting a variety of presentations, workshops, events and tours in and around the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, NY.

Friday will consist of half-day farm tours in Essex County along with intensive workshops. Saturday and Sunday will boast a range of presentations, workshops, live music and cultural activities from a variety of well renowned leaders in regenerative agriculture, draft power, heirloom fruit production, local history, sustainable fiber and dye, agroforestry, farming with the wild and much more.

ROOST is also coordinating with CATS and the Essex County Fairgrounds to organize parallel events in the local community alongside the Festival (hike and bike tours, cider and cheese tastings, and other autumn-themed agricultural and outdoor events). DAPNet will offer multiple days of draft animal power demonstrations during the Festival, both at the Fairgrounds and at nearby whole-diet horse-powered Essex Farm.

Please be in touch with audrey@thegreenhorns.net for more information on getting involved. We are looking for craft vendors, sponsors and volunteers.


Thanks to Wild Farm Alliance Business Sponsors

We are so grateful for our Business Sponsors who are partnering with us to rewild our farms. If you are a business owner or know of a business that is interested in joining our work, please join our business league.  

 


 


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