Javier's operation, which includes strawberries and other crops, integrates and is surrounded by habitat that supports many species of birds, bats and other wildlife. He believes in farming in concert with nature and finding ways to co-exist with his wild neighbors.
The video highlights how having semi-natural habitat is important for attracting beneficial birds to assist with pest control. It also outlines research done in strawberry fields that shows surrounding habitat actually lowers the probability of birds being reservoir hosts of pathogens.
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