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September 12, 2013 (OTJIWARONGO, Namibia) – Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is pleased to announce that both its Bushblok fuel logs and its Dancing Goat Creamery dairy products have been accepted as Certified Wildlife Friendly® by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN). Certified Wildlife Friendly® develops, certifies and promotes products and practices that conserve threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. Both the Bushblok and Dancing Goat Creamery products will now feature a specially-designed label indicating that they have met WFEN’s standards for certification.
“We’ve been involved with WFEN since its inception,” says Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of CCF. “We believe strongly in the power of consumer choice to promote conservation. By allowing those who utilise predator-friendly farming practices to promote their products with a certification, you create a premium on those products that benefits both the farmer and the predators.” Continue reading
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Ayrshire Farm is the First Farm in Virginia to Gain
Predator Friendly® Certification
UPPERVILLE, Va., Aug. 28, 2013 – Ayrshire Farm and The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network are pleased to announce that Ayrshire Farm is the first farm in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be certified as Predator Friendly®. Predator Friendly® recognizes best practices for wildlife stewardship on farm and ranch lands.
Ayrshire Farm, a recognized leader in the world of sustainable agriculture and one of the first farms in Virginia to achieve certified organic and Certified Humane® status, has recently gained Predator Friendly® certification under an independent audit system through a unique partnership with Animal Welfare Approved and its audit team. Ayrshire’s Predator Friendly® certified beef, rose veal, pork, chicken, eggs, and honey are available online (www.ayrshirefarm.com) and from the Home Farm Store in Middleburg, Va. Many of these products can also be found on the menu at Hunter’s Head Tavern in Upperville, Va. as well as restaurants throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Predator Friendly® Certified farms strive to learn about area ecology and wildlife and value the ability of their operations to serve as habitat for wildlife, including carnivores and other key species. Carnivores sighted on Ayrshire Farm include bobcats, bears, coyotes, bald eagles, and hawks. Through use of proactive, humane practices, and by ensuring streams, ponds, and other important habitat are accessible, Ayrshire Farm makes it possible for wildlife to coexist with livestock on private agricultural lands. Careful observation and adaptive management of on‐the‐ground practices in response to changing conditions are essential for success. Continue reading
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FIRST FARM IN U.S. GAINS DUAL TOP ANIMAL WELFARE & WILDLIFE FRIENDLY CERTIFICATIONS
Living Earth Farm in Eugene, Ore. Uses
Sustainable Agriculture Practices to Coexist with Wildlife
EUGENE, ORE. (August 5, 2013) – Sharon Blick of Living Earth Farm is the first farmer in the U.S. to achieve dual certification from both Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Wildlife Friendly™ for her flock of laying hens, meat birds, and herd of dairy goats.
The Certified Wildlife Friendly™ program is designed to assess and reward farmers and ranchers across the U.S. and Canada who coexist with native predator and wildlife species. Blick participated in a third-party audit, carried out by an Animal Welfare Approved auditor, to demonstrate compliance with the specific standards. As a result, Living Earth Farm products can now be marketed using the Certified Wildlife Friendly™ logo.
As well as gaining Certified Wildlife Friendly™ accreditation, Blick also achieved Animal Welfare Approved certification, an accolade only granted to family farmers with the keenest attention to animal welfare and environmental management on their farms. Called a “badge of honor for farmers” and the “gold standard,” this certification and food label lets consumers know that the animals were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm. Continue reading
Certified Wildlife Friendly™ is proud to be featured again in AVEDA’s holiday gift line. AVEDA is committed to creating a better and independent future for the communities they work with and the environments they steward. 2012 marks AVEDA’s fifth year of buying beautiful handmade lokta bark paper from Nepal for its holiday gift sets, and its third year of sourcing paper that is Certified Wildlife Friendly™. This partnership has employed over 4900 people — 90% of them women — and has protected 34,000 acres of forest which provides habitat for endangered species as well as fighting climate change. To learn more about this unique partnership watch this video “Himalayan Joy: Improving Lives with Paper.”