Farmland Wildways

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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.

Hedgerows to the Moon and Back

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. 

How Do I Get Started with Planting Habitat?

Wild Farm Alliance offers a mix of resources, educational and funding opportunities for installing wildways.

Publications

Video Resources

Farmer Stories

Technical and Financial Assistance

We and our partners assist farmers in researching the best options for installing a wildway, and help them obtain funds to purchase plants and supplies.

  • Throughout California, we are helping farmers and their assistants with planting wildways (hedgerows, field borders and windbreaks) through California’s Healthy Soils Program, which aims to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Contact us to find out about enrollment periods.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also offers support for hedgerows, field borders and windbreaks across the nation, with an aim towards clean water, healthy soil and better wildlife habitat. Contact your state office.