Farmscape Ecology

Farming is ever-evolving. Today, when we think about what’s to come next for farmers a key question is; “How do we produce food and still maintain a livelihood for farmers, while respecting the needs of other organisms with which we share the land?"

Recent biodiversity decline can be partially attributed to the impacts of farming, including habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation; pesticide-related plant and animal mortality; and the effects of a changing climate on wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.

For the past several years a small team of ecologists, herpetologists, micro-biologists, ornithologists, hydrologists and farmers in New York’s Hudson Valley have been trying to answer the question; “Can wildlife and farming co-exist?”

Director(s): Jon Bowermaster
Production: Jon Bowermaster, Oceans 8
Music: The Musicbed
Actors: Conrad Vispo, Claudia Knab-Vispo, Gabriel Perron, Tejaswee Neupane, Hannah Herrick, Shafiul Chowdhury, Arianna Hege, Alex Jones, Jason Tesauro, Anne Bloomfield, Jay Goldmark
Year: 2020
Duration: 26 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
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Main topic(s): Permaculture
Secondary topics: biodiversity soil forest water cycle wilderness
Mentions: farming Hudson Valley Farm Hub biodiversity habitat loss species richness ecology nature insects birds relationship impact experiments observations permaculture
Topic Page(s): Permaculture

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