Friday, September 7, 2012

Buying Local Boosts Wildlife Population

Innovative farm programs operated by conservation groups and other community organizations are helping wildlife and people.

A few years ago, Laine, who farms with his brother Thomas, added a new crop: They began growing black-oil sunflowers for an innovative program run by the New Jersey Audubon Society, an NWF state affiliate. This “Jersey-Grown” birdseed is now sold by the group at dozens of retailers statewide, eliminating the need to truck seed more than 1,500 miles from the Dakotas.

“For every 5 acres planted with sunflowers by New Jersey farmers, we’ve pledged to restore 1 acre of grassland habitat for birds and other wildlife,” says Jean Lynch, stewardship project director for New Jersey Audubon and coordinator of the group’s Support Agricultural Viability and the Environment (S.A.V.E.™) program. Read the entire article.

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