Join Jo Ann Baumgartner, the executive director of the Wild Farm Alliance, and author Jonathan Franzen in a conversation about the mutually beneficial relationship between sustainable agriculture and the birds around us.
Jo Ann Baumgartner will talk about the latest research on birds as natural pest-control allies, and give practical remarks about how to sustain and encourage healthy bird populations on healthy farms.
Jonathan Franzen will discuss the critical role that farming can play in nature conservation.
This special, online presentation is free and open to the public. Be sure to register in advance to receive the zoom link. Jo Ann and Jonathan will answer questions following the presentation.
The Wild Farm Alliance helps farmers benefit from and support wild nature while producing healthy food. Wild Farm Alliance works with conservationists and consumers to support these efforts. Since 2000, Wild Farm Alliance has educated farmers about on-farm biodiversity conservation, assisted them with its practical implementation, and initiated policies that support farm stewardship.
Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including “Purity,” “Freedom,” and “The Corrections,” and five works of nonfiction and translation, including “The Kraus Project” and “Farther Away.” His most recent collection of essays, “The End of the End of the Earth,” was published in 2018. Franzen is the recipient of a National Book Award for fiction, the EuroNatur Prize for his work in conservation, and the Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities. His essay “Why Birds Matter” inaugurated National Geographic Magazine’s Year of the Bird.
The Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In direct complement, the Project operates a community education and volunteer program that serves the broader community offering education and experience in sustainable agriculture practices, volunteer opportunities and reducing stereotypes and the stigma of homelessness. All programs take place in the Homeless Garden Project’s 3.5-acre organic farm site and related enterprises.
You can download the Wild Farm Alliance’s guide, Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds here.