HOW WE FARM
Sustainable Farms with Exceptional Wildlife
Farm Wilder only sources produce from farms that are exceptionally wildlife friendly and sustainably managed. We work with experts from RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and other charities to ensure that the farmers are creating just the right habitat for specific rare species like Marsh Fritillary Butterflies, Cuckoos, Corn Buntings and Curlew that struggle to survive elsewhere on intensively farmed land. And because conservation works best at scale we select farms that are part of groups of farms all working together to help the same species.
Our meat comes from animals that are almost entirely pasture-fed. The farmers have committed to transitioning to a 100% pasture-fed diet over 3 years, freeing up precious land from grain and soya production and ensuring that ruminants are grazed as nature intended, on herbs, grasses and legumes.
With support from the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), we work with the farmers to maintain and develop grazing systems that increase biodiversity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building up the amount of carbon that is stored in the soil. Wherever possible farmers don’t plough, instead managing pastures to increase the abundance of herbs and legumes such as bird’s foot trefoil and chicory, which help balance the animals’ diets while reducing methane emissions and the need for nitrogen fertiliser. Water then soaks into the soil better, reducing flooding and minimising pollution.
We also support farmers to expand the amount of tree cover on their farms, by increasing the size and number of hedges and introducing new copses into marginal corners. Combined with the diverse pastures, this creates a mosaic of habitats that provides the pollen, nectar, seeds and shelter necessary to support an abundance of birds, insects and mammals.
The film below explains the benefits of the PFLA's Pasture for Life certified meat and dairy, which Farm Wilder is helping its farmers to join.