For 20 years we have led the wild farm movement by promoting beneficial habitat on farms and ranches. The work we do is focused on assisting growers with integrating practices that support both the farm and nature and is centered around three strategies: education, advocacy and implementation.
We’ve worked on National Organic Program issues so farmers can better benefit from and protect biodiversity; we’ve helped Congress, FDA and farmers understand and value nature’s processes that make our food safer; and we’ve assisted individual California farmers with habitat designs and plantings that make their farms resilient. Recently we helped farmers create plans and garner Healthy Soils Program (HSP) funds to incorporate climate-smart and bird-friendly cover crops, hedgerows and riparian habitat.
We are addressing the troubling decline of wild birds and other wildlife with our proactive approach. Through our publication “Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds” and our field days and presentations, we have educated thousands of farmers and others about the use of birds as pest control allies. Some of the main topics we cover are: a) How birds’ diets, foraging strategies and nesting periods affect the farm, b) How best to co-exist with pest birds, c) Why habitat influences pest control, and, d) What farmers can do to make farms more bird-friendly and resilient.
We have built strong relationships with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals. These connections allow us to spread our message and resources to broad audiences of farmers, conservationists and consumers.