Working Farms Capital is committed to the development of conservation farming as part of the overall land use plan. The investment in time and resources for conservation planning often equals the same level as for crop planning. Significant opportunities exist to partner with government programs, non-profit organizations and private foundations in furthering environmental improvements. Our focus on organic agriculture is paramount in this effort – and sets a standard for others to follow.
Conservation development implemented to date includes the following:
- Organic field border strips seeded to native grasses
- Grassed waterways
- Wetlands easements
- Riparian filter strips along streams and waterways
- Organic crop rotations that include hay/pasture fields and cover crops (rye, barley, grasses, clover, etc.)
- Farmer land stewardship programs that conserve resources
- Permanent agricultural easements
- Forest and pond conservation initiatives
- Wildlife preservation
The conservation benefits associated with our organic land use are varied and growing. Few alternative investments have such an impact on our air, water and soil. The micro-biologic life of the soil is re-established on our farms. Our most important livestock – earthworms – proliferate within a few years of starting a transition. Honeybees, grasshoppers and other beneficial insects return to support the natural ecosystem that once enveloped our farms. Birds, mice, frogs and small mammals feed on the new insect life and also provide sustenance for the upper food chain (owls, hawks, fox, etc). Re-establishing a wild farm within a natural habitat is an impact that we are beginning to measure.
“We know more about the celestial bodies than the soil beneath us.” — Leonardo da Vinci
“Organic farming has been shown to provide major benefits for wildlife and the wider environment. The best that can be said about genetically engineered crops is that they will now be monitored to see how much damage they cause.”
— HRH Prince Charles