Over the last decade, WFA has worked with and learned from farms across the country that are effectively protecting on-farm biodiversity and managing wild farms.
These models serve as successful examples for other farmers looking to implement on-farm conservation.
To always keep something living on the land is a guiding principle for the farm. With biodynamic, organic and Salmon Safe certifications, there is a whole farm philosophy and spirituality aspect that influences their decisions. Close to 30 percent of the farm’s 170 acres is in riparian habitat and forest, and the rest is in crop and grazing land. Read More
On Rebecca's 40 acre sheep ranch, WFA and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) worked to design hedgerows and pasture edges that serve multiple ecological functions. Native trees (mostly oaks) and shrubs provide shade for livestock, reduce soil erosion, attract beneficial insects, improve water infiltration and increase habitat for wildlife. Read More
The ranch is part of the Tres Pinos Creek Watershed in the San Benito River Valley. Flood events in 1995 and 1998 resulted in the loss of 4 acres of walnuts to the river floodplain. Growing up near the creek inspired Paul to invest in improving the riparian areas on his land, and in 2012 he and Leti began a three-year restoration project with WFA and CAFF. Read More
Viewing field edges as opportunities for wild nature to share space with cultivated crops, Tom has worked with WFA and CAFF to install native hedgerows on leased fields as well as around their home property. Read More
The Storrs are doing their part to make a real contribution to the health of California’s Central Coast ecosystems, both through on-the-ground installation of native habitat and through education. With the support of WFA and CAFF, they are implementing change while demonstrating how agricultural lands can provide landscape-level environmental benefits to the region. Read More
With a commitment to diversity and artisan craftsmanship well established, concerns about sustainability also began to dominate their priorities for their land. They applied and were granted organic certification, and developed a localized system of compost teas to fertilize and stimulate resilience within the vineyards and olive orchards. Read More
By adopting organic practices, such as encouraging nitrogen-fixing clover in the pastures, periodically rotating grazing with a hay crop, and carefully culling and selecting replacement animals, Weed and Tyler have no need for chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or parasitides on the farm. Read More
Over five generations, the Buchanans have left natural processes uninterrupted and preserved wildlife habitat. To date, the farm boasts more than 200 acres of land protected under a Wetland Reserve Program with ponds and habitat for migratory waterfowl, beaver, frogs, turtles, native trout, skunk, coyote, fox, deer, elk, and over 100 species of birds. Read More
For the past decade, conservationists in the eastern Adirondacks have been working to protect Split Rock Wildway, a wildlife corridor linking Lake Champlain and its valley with the Adirondack mountains to the west. Read More
Increasing biological diversity while augmenting production on his ranch, Phil Foster has been planting native shrubs and trees that support pollinators and other beneficial insects, removing invasives and restoring riparian vegetation for over 20 years. Read More