Many things have changed over the last week. And while we prioritize our work for the next year, I have to be honest, there is a lot of uncertainty right now.
The incoming administration is not likely to prioritize conservation or organic agriculture. Our progress will be under intense scrutiny and attack.
The cultivation of trees on agricultural land helps to enrich soils, maintain soil moisture and stop erosion, provide vital habitat for wildlife, as well as store carbon. This practice, where tree and shrub cultivation is incorporated among crops or pasture, is called agroforestry and is the center of attention in a recent study looking at how to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture.Read more
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Upcoming Webinar: How to Implement and Verify Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Organic Agricultural SystemsRead more
A note from WFA’s Assistant Director, Shelly Connor
I grew up in the Midwest and recently moved back to the area. I remember the fields surrounding my childhood home in the country filled with thousands of milkweed plants; watching the striped monarch butterfly caterpillars slowly inching up and down the plants looking for a place to transform; and finally seeing the emerging orange and black beauties encircling the fields on their way north. It was a regular summer occurrence. I looked forward to witnessing the magic every year.Read more
Article written by Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance and was printed in Planet Drum June 2016 newsletter.
We support what is beautiful and what we love—songbirds singing out their names, fat bumblebees busy sampling an array of gorgeous native flowers, and the majestic oaks towering over us—these species can and do live on farms. Are they what make a farm beautiful?Read more
Good news! California's Governor Jerry Brown is staying the course and is again calling for $20 million for the new Healthy Soils Initiative. The State Legislature is taking up the Governor’s proposal. Now is the time to call your state representatives to support sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change. Phone calls are much more impactful than email and it takes only 45 seconds to leave a message.Read more
Birds reduced insect pests in conventional alfalfa by over 33%, according to a new study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. Habitat is key: the reduction of pests occurs where crops are near habitat. The study found that the fields with bordering trees had a lower number of pest weevils near those field borders, indicating that birds are very important pest control operators. When farms provide habitat near food sources (in this case pest insects), they benefit more than those farms without habitat on the edges.Read more
Last month, the Wild Farm Alliance team headed to Lubbock for the Texas Pollinator PowWow Conference. It was three-days filled with incredible presentations and a field trip to a privately-owned native shortgrass prairie and playa lake with experts on bees, plants, birds, and butterflies.Read more
Food makes us who we are, from our first taste of a raspberry, to the food served at an important celebration. So many people are questioning where their food comes from, focusing on local and pesticide-free, and while important, they are not enough.
Happy Earth Day!
Spring is in full bloom - cherry blossoms and other early blooms are open, migrating birds are making their way north, bees, snakes, and other hibernating creatures are waking from their winter slumber, new life is abounding - so much to witness and appreciate.