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
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.
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.
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Help us make sure the National Organic Program gets its biodiversity conservation guidance right! Currently, there is a loophole for allowing thousands of acres of native prairie, old growth forest or other natural ecosystems to be converted to agriculture and organically certified the next day. Worse - the NOP unintentionally incentivizes this practice by requiring lands to be free from pesticides for three years. NOP’s three-year waiting period for transitioning to organic production serves a critical purpose and it should be retained. But land that has not been plowed or previously planted is an easy target for those looking to quickly overcome NOP’s three-year waiting period, and that needs to change.Read more