This Saturday is Earth Day - the anniversary of the day a voice was given to the environmental movement. A day when we celebrate and get our hands dirty. Nearly five decades have passed since the launch of this historic movement, celebrating the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, passing laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, and more recently the launch of the National Organic Program.Read more
Spring is just around the corner; warming weather, planted fields, birds heading north, and buds emerging from branches. While most people are thrilled to see the seasons change, spring is arriving across the country 2-3 weeks earlier than normal in certain areas. Not surprising since 2016 was the hottest year on record, right after 2015 and 2014.Read more
Supporting Wild Farm Alliance with a tax-deductible donation is more important than ever before. Your donation will help farmers across the country create critical habitat for wildlife, protect precious water resources, and ensure the integrity of our agricultural lands for future generations.Read more
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
As the days are getting shorter, leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground, and animals are looking for the winter resting spots, I think about how all of these natural, wild processes are connected. How the shorter days signal to plants to wind down photosynthesis; how the leaves falling fertilize the soil below; how hibernating animals slow their bodies' rhythms to conserve energy and make it through a food scarce season.Read more
Join Wild Farm Alliance for Upcoming Webinar with eOrganic on Biodiversity Conservation in Organic Agriculture
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
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
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.