Applied Farmscape Ecology
What is applied Farmscape ecology?
We have developed four key areas for the Applied Farmscape Ecology program to focus its efforts: research and demonstration, outreach and education, long-term monitoring and land stewardship.
Applied farmscape ecology explores the interactions between farming and wild nature by examining two related questions: How can on-farm habitat conservation or creation help support regional biodiversity? And, how can such conservation or creation contribute to farm production? These questions are critical to addressing declining trends in biodiversity and habitat loss as well as supporting and exploring systems of crop production which seek to maximize potential beneficial interactions between organisms and crops.
The work of the Applied Farmscape Ecology Research Collaborative is jointly coordinated by Farm Hub staff and the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. The research collaborative includes partners from a number of regional colleges, universities and organizations. We work across disciplines, examining interactions between soil, water, microbes, invertebrates and vertebrates in the agricultural landscape as well as studying the value of agricultural lands for wildlife conservation. This includes documentation of on-farm biodiversity and its various roles for agricultural production. It also includes the development of techniques for managing on-farm habitats so as to support ecological services to the farm (e.g., pollination, pest control, carbon sequestration, soil health and erosion control) and the conservation of native biodiversity.
On-farm Stewardship & Habitat Management
Education & Outreach
- Expand our educational programming and events and offer more programming in both English and Spanish.
- Disseminate the research, data and knowledge acquired through printed materials, conferences, online and other avenues.
- Expand and integrate existing research projects
Farmscape Ecology film
On June 16th, 2020, the Farm Hub hosted a virtual film premiere of the new short film Farmscape Ecology. The short film follows the work of the Farm Hub’s Applied Farmscape Ecology Research Collaborative. This is the third film that the Farm Hub has made with Oceans 8 Films as part of filmmaker Jon Bowermaster’s Hope on the Hudson series.