Case #757
Title: Native Plants Ecosystems Return to Woodland, California
Summary: By nurturing native plants in fields laid barren by monoculture farming, John Anderson brings back a whole host of life. Part of Anderson's campaign to restore native grasslands to the fields and foothills surrounding Hedgerow Farms, his 520-acre native seed farm in California's Sacramento Valley. The poppy and rye seed Anderson collects here will transform gravel pits, highway banks, and eroded stream sides from weed-infested wastelands to healthy landscapes that attract wildlife. "His insights and actions are responsible for a burgeoning regional conservation movement that is changing the landscape acre by acre," says Dan Taylor, National Audubon Society vice president for state programs. "John is apostolic in his approach to on-the-ground conservation. He can get people to confront the issues and motivate them to go out and do something themselves," Taylor says.
Comments: STRATEGY: Recognize the threat of introduced (plant) species into natural ecosystems, restore natural ecosystems from the deadly results of years of monocultural farming,, and emphasize/teach the moral obligation humans have to restore natural ecosystems.
WHAT WORKS: Anderson's ability to turn his ideas on restoration of natural ecosystems into practical application. Also, his willingness to learn about native plants and to keep on trying to get his self-sustaining systems stabilized and balanced. He works as a teacher and utilizes his own farm as a model farm to help spread the word about his work. Anderson also hustled funding to help pay for the experiments. Some are cost-share arrangements that reimburse farmers for a percentage of their investment. Others not only pay for all of the work but also provide help in planning and implementing it. A $2.4 million Anderson-inspired partnership of government agencies, local ranchers, and Audubon California has interested so many landowners that coordinators are turning them away.
IMPORTANT POINTS: His insights and actions are responsible for a burgeoning regional conservation movement that is changing the landscape acre by acre, says Dan Taylor, National Audubon Society vice president for state programs. "John is apostolic in his approach to on-the-ground conservation. He can get people to confront the issues and motivate them to go out and do something themselves,"
Location: California, US
Action: Agriculture, Conservation
Setting: Developed World, Agricultural
Extent of Action: Regional (within a country)
Categories: Agriculture, Conservation
Year(s): 1974
Outcome in progress
Source: HOPE â?¢ January/February 2003, p. 22, www.hopemag.com
Contacts: JOHN AND MARSHA ANDERSON, Hedgerow Farms, 21740 County Road 88, Winters, CA 95694, 530-662-6847 and YOLO COUNTY RESOURCE
CONSERVATION DISTRICT, 221 West Court St., Woodland, CA 95695, 530-662-2037, www.yolorcd.ca.gov
Prepared By: sl, 11/05
Rating: 1