Hedgerows to the Moon and Back
Farmers who recognize the intrinsic value of biodiversity often aspire to planting enduring habitat, such as a hedgerow. They are usually looking to support pollinators and beneficial insects, but they get so much more.
Hedgerows, windbreaks and other linear rows of native trees and shrubs sequester carbon, and provide food and cover for beneficial birds and other wildlife. They also serve as corridors through farms and connectivity between natural areas.
On-farm habitat has disappeared across millions of acres of industrial farms. Historically, Great Britain’s hedgerows could have reached the moon and back, a distance of ~500,000 miles, but nearly half are gone.
Our goal is to inspire 25% of U.S. farms to plant a Farmland Wildway, having an average of 1 mile of a hedgerow or windbreak, leading to 500,000 miles of living field borders.