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Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds – Webinar

Beneficial birds can help farmers keep pest insects, rodents, and pest birds at bay. They act the same way that beneficial insects do in helping with pest control. The overwhelming majority of songbirds are beneficial during nesting season because they feed pest insects to their voracious nestlings. Farmers may be able to reduce their pest-control costs by providing habitat for these beneficial birds and by only targeting detrimental birds at the right time and place. Wild Farm Alliance and two avian ecologists will present on: a) How birds’ diets, foraging strategies, and nesting periods affect the farm, b) How best to manage and co-exist with pest birds, c) Why on-farm habitat and the surrounding landscape influences pest control, and, d) What farmers can do to make farms more bird-friendly and resilient. With this webinar and associated Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds booklet, we aim to help all farmers and farm consultants make the most of birds on farms.
Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance; Sara Kross, Columbia University; and Sacha Heath, Living Earth Collaborative

1st Saturdays at Veggielution

On 1st Saturdays at Veggielution the diversity of our community comes to life. Whether through exploration of our Youth Garden, morning stretching during Yoga Class, or the sights and sounds of our kitchen during Veggielution Cocina, our farm instills a strong sense of connection among participants from many different backgrounds. Over 100 community members of all ages flow seamlessly between activities; planting in the fields, joining our free Art in the Garden program and making new friends along the way. Throughout the day local residents shop at our Farm Stand for fresh, organic produce grown onsite and harvested by our volunteer community farmers.