April 2024 - News from the Wild Side


Happy Earth Month! Spring has sprung - migratory birds are returning, plants are blooming and growth and activity are abundant on our farms and ranches. This month’s newsletter is a special Earth Day edition, including ways you can take action to support ecosystem health and climate-smart agriculture. Read on for resources, events, a Farm Bill action alert and more. 

Enjoy this month’s News from the Wild!

New Blog Post and Video: Hedgerows and Water Quality

Upcoming Field Day: Honig Vineyard & Winery

Action Alert: Tell Congress You Support Climate-Smart Conservation Programs Instead of More Subsidies for Monoculture Farms

Thank You: Business Partners Making an Impact for Earth Month

Watch a Movie: Celebrate Soil as our Common Ground This Earth Day

Make a Donation for Earth Month

New Blog Post and Video: Hedgerows and Water Quality

Waterways and agriculture are interconnected. Water runoff from farm fields from rain or irrigation can end up in nearby streams and lakes. Runoff can transport nitrogen, sediments and sediment-associated agricultural pollutants and impact aquatic life.

The good news is that in recent years, researchers in the Sacramento Valley have examined ways to mitigate water pollution risks from agricultural chemicals. Their studies show that hedgerows can have a big impact on preventing agricultural chemicals from moving off site.

Our new blog post and video features Rachael Long, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Emeritus, and her findings on vegetated drainage ditches and hedgerows for mitigating water pollution.



Upcoming Field Day: Honig Vineyard & Winery

May 30, 2024 in Rutherford, CA
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Honig Vineyard & Winery and Wild Farm Alliance out in the field! The event will feature a series of talks given by avian researchers and agricultural professionals, a beneficial habitat walk and a hedgerow demonstration planting. Tickets are $12 - $32 (sliding scale) and include lunch.

This event is co-sponsored by: CSU Agriculture Research Institute, Cal Poly Humboldt, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Cooperative Extension and Department of Pesticide Regulation. 



Action Alert: Tell Congress You Support Climate-Smart Conservation Programs Instead of More Subsidies for Monoculture Farms

Farm safety net subsidies, largely for monoculture farms, have become a significant driver of climate change, soil erosion, and farmland consolidation in agriculture. Continuing to increase subsidies that benefit a few farmers at the expense of popular conservation programs would be investing in the wrong direction.

Bipartisan negotiations are considering a proposal that could cut billions from both nutrition assistance and popular climate-smart conservation programs – the kind of incentives that all farmers can use to build strong and diverse farms. The proposal would shift those funds to raise subsidies for the largest and wealthiest commodity farms. 

Make your voice heard this week to stop Congress from making this huge mistake in the farm bill. 

Tell Congress we want our tax dollars to protect pivotal nutrition programs and proven conservation programs that build resilient food systems, not giveaways that exclude most farmers and fuel farmland consolidation.

As part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, we’ve made calling and emailing your lawmakers as easy as possible. Tailored call scripts and automated email templates are provided at the link below.



Thank You: Business Partners Making an Impact for Earth Month

We are pleased to recognize three Eugene, Oregon businesses that made a special contribution to Wild Farm Alliance in honor of Earth Month and our campaign with Earth Day Oregon. Together, we are bringing nature back to the farm.

If you are a business and want to join our growing number of business league members, click here to learn more!  

Café Mam (say ‘mom’) is a family-owned and operated coffee company. Their roots grow deep in organic agriculture, and their foundation is built on principles of ethical sourcing, sustainability, environmentalism, cultural identity, human dignity, and of course, high-quality, freshly roasted coffee.

Hummingbird Wholesale offers organic, high-quality, nutritious foods grown as locally and sustainably as possible. They take great care and pride in creating long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. Like the Hummingbird, they seek to sip the nectar of the Earth without harming the flower.

Doak Creek Native Plant Nursery is a family run nursery nestled back in the hills of the Lorane Valley. Doak Creek specializes in containerized northwest native plants and is dedicated to providing healthy native plants that are fertilized with compost.

If you live in the Eugene, Oregon area or know someone who does, be sure to check out our Native Plant Raffle where one lucky winner will get a $250 gift certificate to Doak Creek Native Plant Nursery! DETAILS HERE


Watch a Movie: Celebrate Soil as our Common Ground This Earth Day

This Earth Day, award-winning documentary film ‘Common Ground’ is coming to select AMC Theatres in 75+ cities for a one-day-only super screening, to galvanize the movement of healthy farms and food systems. On April 22, 2024, watch the extended Earth Day edition of the film, including a special Q&A featuring filmmakers, narrators, producers, and other guests. Experience the hard truths about our modern food and agricultural system challenges, and the profound and hopeful stories of heroes amongst us that are defying the odds to heal the planet, one acre at a time.



Make a Donation for Earth Month

Earth Day is every day at Wild Farm Alliance! Make or renew your support for bringing nature back to the farm. Make a donation today or consider these additional ways to give:

Give from your IRA: Supporters who are age 70 1/2 or older can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) and give directly from an IRA to Wild Farm Alliance. You may donate up to $100,000 and the amount you transfer does not count as income for the year. Your QCD can count toward your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year.

Wild Sustainers Club: Through monthly donations, WFA’s Wild Sustainers are among our most critical supporters by providing WFA with consistent resources. Click here to enroll!  

Workplace Giving: Many workplaces provide opportunities for matching gifts or automatic deductions. Contact your Human Resources department or WFA for more information.

Planned Giving: A gift in your will or trust is an easy way to cultivate biodiversity into the future. Some advantages of planned giving are that you retain control of the personal property or assets that comprise your gift. You may change your gift at any time, and you may designate your gift to be used for general support or for a specific purpose. Please chat with us if you’re interested in getting this set up.

Thank you for your important support and partnership in building a wild and resilient agriculture!

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