Agriculture and Wildlife Charles Havlik AXED 590 Aldo Leopold
The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable…” (Mollison 1991)
1.Introduce yourself; your name, the name of your farm or ranch; and how long you have been un agriculture.
“If you want numbers in livestock go to the feedyard, don’t overgraze your ranch. If you take care of your ranch, your ranch will take care of you”
On the positive side of his wildlife issues are the deer. He states that the deer do not affect his beef operation because they are browsers and that they help control the oak brush. He also encourage a couple of bird populations to help control the insects on his property. They are the turkeys and the Eskimo Curlew.
“We let nature do it’s own thing”
5. The Gonzales’ say that they let nature do its own thing to promote the wildlife they want around and don’t do anything special to attract what they do want around.
“We try to work in harmony with wildlife”
When I asked about deer, Ramona replied that they have not had many problems but some of her neighbors have had some problems.
“I would like to see more grain crops in the valley to attract porcupines, raccoons and other animals that will eat crawdads, because we have a crawdad problem in the ditch” William Gonzales
“If anyone is going to get into the wine business they better do their homework first”
The Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) was established by a group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who share a concern for the land and its wild and human inhabitants. Our mission is to promote agriculture that helps to protect and restore wild Nature. In essence, we envision a world in which community-based, ecologically managed farms and ranches seamlessly integrate into landscapes that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological processes.
Predator friendly live stock farming – using guard animals such as dogs and llamas
Bat houses – to control insects
Owl nesting boxes – to control rodents
Plant feed plots – to encourage insect- eating birds
Build homes for various pollinating and predatory insects, as well as feed plots. These insects would include orchard mason bees, green lacewings, ladybugs etc.
O’Conner, Pagosa Creek, Shallowwater and Wheatland Ranches: Rusty Read, interviewed October 3rd , 2007 on the Pagosa Creek Ranch east of Las Vegas, NM.
San Augustin Farms: William Gonzales, interviewed September 21st , 2007 at the Tri-County Farmer’s Market in Las Vegas, NM.
Baca Farms, Ramona Baca: interviewed September 21st , 2007 at the Tri-County Farmer’s Market in Las Vegas, NM.
The Walking B Ranch: Bernardo Gonzales, interviewed October 14th ,2007on the Walking B ranch south of Romeroville, NM.
Madison Winery, Bill Madison: interviewed October 4th , 2007 at the Madison Winery in Ribera, NM.
Contact information is available on request
Jackson, Dana L. & Laura L. eds. TheFarm as Natural Habitat. Island Press. London. U.K. 2002
Baumgartner, Jo Ann, & Imhoff, Daniel eds. Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature. Watershed Media. Healsdsburg, CA. 2006.
National Wildlife Federation
Wild Farm Alliance, www.wildfarmalliance.com
Owls unite Middle Eastern farmersBy Ben Winograd, Associated Press
Imhoff, Daniel. Farming With The Wild. University of California Press. London England. 2003