Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm

Mon, October 30
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Delta Room

Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm

Adding biodiversity to your farm can help the financial bottom line and provide multiple services to your farm! Hedgerows and other conservation plantings buffer many of the uncertain and evolving conditions facing farmers today: extreme weather events, changing pest pressures and pollinator declines. This workshop will discuss how to invite and manage biodiversity on your farm, including practical design and planting considerations, maintenance, plant species selection (and what they attract), and funding sources. Also discussed will be the economics and food safety challenges that inviting biodiversity onto your farm represents. Sam Earnshaw of Hedgerows Unlimited, will discuss site assessment and installation and maintenance of hedgerows. Rex Dufour of NCAT/ATTRA will then cover some of the hedgerow species, and their characteristics, and what kinds of critters they attract. Chris Hay, farmer, will talk about hedgerows from a farmer’s point of view, some of the challenges he’s faced, and describe some of the benefits of hedgerows.