Empowering farmers, connecting consumers, protecting wild nature.
Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that helps to protect and restore wild nature.
Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) was established by a national group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who share a concern for the land and its wild and human inhabitants.
WFA helps farms thrive by working with nature, and supporting farmers’ critical role in reversing biodiversity loss and climate change. We engage conservationists and consumers to support these efforts.
To make our food systems sustainable in the 21st century, we envision a world in which community-based, ecologically managed farms and ranches are seamlessly integrated into landscapes that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological processes.
Agriculture & the Biodiversity Crisis: Reconnecting our Food Systems and Ecosystems
- the current rate of species extinction signifies an unprecedented biodiversity crisis.
- climate change is a real and growing threat to our ecosystems.
- industrial-scale agriculture is a primary cause of ecosystem degradation and species losses and jeopardizes sustainable family-scale farms and ranches.
- protected and interconnected wildlands are essential to assuring biological diversity and sustaining healthy rural landscapes.
- agriculture must be conducted in ways that are compatible with preservation of the full range of native plants and animals.
- protecting the long term viability of ecosystems results in our to ability sustain production.
- sustainable family farms and ranches nourish healthy human communities and economies, and help safeguard natural communities.
- the current biodiversity and climate crises call for a new conservation ethic that promotes ecological recovery within agricultural lands and across the entire landscape.
- healthy ecosystems provide us with many life-giving services, including pollination, insect pest control, carbon and nutrient cycling, clean water, and erosion control.
- the need of farmers to succeed economically while farming ecologically.
- the right of farmers and indigenous peoples to maintain control over sustainable food production.
- the right of consumers to know how and where their food is grown, and the responsibility of consumers to support ecologically sound agriculture.
- farming practices that accommodate wild habitat and native species, including, large carnivores, birds, and wild fish.
- local and regional food and fiber systems that boost rural economies.
- agricultural practices that strive to eliminate the use of environmentally toxic chemicals and contamination of soil and water resources.
- locally adapted crops and animals that are not genetically engineered.
- existing community-based efforts to create a continental wildlands network in which large protected areas are connected by wildlife movement corridors and are complemented by ecologically managed farms and forests.
- regenerative and resilient agriculture that helps to stabilize and prevent the adverse impacts of our warming world.