News From the Wild Side - March 2018

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Keep up-to-date on the latest news from Wild Farm Alliance!

 

 

 

 

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action-md.pngTake Action: Farm Bill 2018

Congress is moving ahead with the 2018 Farm Bill. As a member organization of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), we are signed on to the coalition's agenda - a blueprint for positive change. It reflects the real, urgent needs of farmers, ranchers, and communities across the country. Click here to read about and sign on to our Farm Bill platform priorities.

The current Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2018. We are working in concert with a national coalition to ensure Congress writes and passes a new Farm Bill that incorporates important conservation initiatives. If Congress doesn't act, critical programs for our sustainable farmers will end. The race is on and we need your help.  

What can you do?

Bills that we support have already been introduced by members of Congress. We are building support for strong programs and associated funding for what we want to be included in the final 2018 Farm Bill.

You can help us ensure these priorities are included by contacting your Senators and Representatives today and asking them to co-sponsor these bills! 

Click here to get all the information you need to take action! 


Bird_on_a_wire.jpgGuest Post with Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs, a Wild Farm Alliance business supporter, recently asked us to write a guest post for their blog about World Wildlife Day (March 3). We are so thankful for Mountain Rose Herbs support and for their commitment to creating a sustainable agriculture future. 

Farming with Wild Birds: Practicing Coexistence

Farming is one of those pursuits that requires out-of-the-box thinking. So many factors are juggled for a good harvest and a healthy farm, including considerations that support or exclude wild nature. The challenge is balancing the farm’s future sustainability with growing and selling products that do not push the landscape beyond its limits. As Aldo Leopold said, “A good farm must be one where the wild fauna and flora has lost acreage without losing its existence.”

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The Master Wild Seedman

For 45 years Forest Shomer of Inside Passage Seeds, has sustainably harvested native wild seeds for many people and companies across the Pacific Northwest. His seeds have been instrumental in numerous habitat restoration projects, providing food for wild pollinators, and so much more! Forest is a supporter of Wild Farm Alliance and we are certainly a big fan of his.

This short, inspiring video about his work and passion is just what you need to brighten your day! 


Fruit_and_vegetable_farmers.pngUnited States Farming Practices Survey - Make Your Voice Heard by March 16th

Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm.

Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crop producers to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions.

Our goal is to understand what the most important factors are for farm owners and managers when deciding whether or not to use certain practices related to soil, crop, and pest management.

Key findings from the survey will be published and communicated to grower organizations and other farmer advocates so that recommendations, actions, and outcomes reflect what growers identify as being most helpful for their operation.

All responses will remain anonymous. If you choose to enter your e-mail address at the end of the short survey, you will receive a summary report of the findings and you will be eligible for a chance to win $500. The survey closes on March 16th.

Click here to fill out the survey:
https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dboDckd11FsZ9P


You Make the Difference!

People like you are the power of Wild Farm Alliance. Since 2000, you have helped to advance the movement of a wild and resilient agricultural system.

Thanks to generous friends like you, WFA technical publications have helped thousands of farmers to implement practices that protect wild Nature. Your support has also shaped some important policies that are maintaining the integrity of the organic label. 

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We are asking for your continued commitment - please make a donation to WFA today!

We'll stretch every dollar you give so you will help not only the farmers, but you will be supporting a thriving ecosystem that we all depend on. Thank you!

For the Wild,

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  • Shelly Connor
    published this page in News and Events 2018-03-05 12:12:31 -0600