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.
Final NOP’s Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance is Raising the Bar to a Higher Level, but Did Not Go Far Enough
On January 15, 2016 the National Organic Program (NOP) released the final version of their Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance. It comes after Wild Farm Alliance and partners wrote the initial text and subsequently led comments from the organic community on the NOP’s draft.
Happy New Year! Wild Farm Alliance is excited for 2016, and we are so grateful to begin this new year with you.
Your support is the backbone of our work. Because of you, we are starting off 2016 stronger than ever. Last year, you helped strengthen the capacity of farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change through regenerative agriculture. You also helped to educate consumers about the impact on biodiversity that their food choices have. And finally, your support in 2015 helped finalize the new food safety rule that encourages wildlife habitat on the farm.
This is the time of year where bats often get a bad rap and are mistaken for vicious blood sucking creatures. An old Halloween lore, unless of course you are the larvae of a corn earworm moth.
Corn earworm moths and their larvae can devastate corn, tomatoes, and cotton crops. But a recent study was just released showing the enormous benefits bats provide in pest control, especially for corn. This study looked at the bat predation of the corn earworm larvae in Illinois.
A recent study was published showing the devastating loss of crop diversity over the last three decades. This alarming loss of crop diversity is not just about fewer varieties of food crops, it has much bigger implications. For example, fields of monocultures diminish soil fertility, eliminate wildlife habitat, and encourage pesticide applications.Read more
While summer’s bounty and our farmers are churning out an abundance of food for us humans and non-humans (think insect pollinators and beneficial birds), we are keeping our eye on research and policies that benefit conservation-minded farmers and the wider landscape.