Published Mar 1, 2024

Balancing Pollinator Habitat and Wild Spaces With a Diversified Small-Scale Farm

By Practical Farmers of Iowa

Supporting plant and wildlife diversity on a small-scale farm is an important tool in the farmer’s toolbox. Creating habitat for pollinators and natural predators of crop pests can boost production, and a diversity of life on the farm leads to a healthier farm ecosystem. But the balancing act begins when some of the wildlife doesn’t align with the farm’s production and sales goals. Learn from Jill Beebout of Blue Gate Farm and Rob Faux of Genuine Faux Farm as they discuss ways they encourage the allies that help in their food production, and how they deal with adversarial relationships with deer, woodchuck, gnats and other critters.