June 14, 2019 | By:

Episode 26: Jo Ann Baumgartner Farming With The Wild

Jo Ann Baumgartner, Executive Director Wild Farm Alliance

Jo Ann Baumgartner, Executive Director of Wild Farm Alliance

About Jo Ann

Jo Ann is the Executive Director of the Wild Farm Alliance. She is the author of many publications on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and agriculture, including beneficial birds, the conservation mandates within the National Organic Program regulations, and the co-management of food safety and conservation.

Before joining WFA in 2001, she addressed crop, livestock and fiber issues, was senior research editor for a book of California’s rare wildlife species, and was an organic farmer for over a decade.

For her Master’s research in Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, she studied bird predation of insects in apple orchards. Her undergraduate degree is in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis. Jo Ann is based in Watsonville, CA.


  • What it means to farm with the wild
  • Corridors, riparian areas & wetlands restoration
  • Managing farms for beneficial bird species and insects
  • Managing for pest species the right way
  • The size and growth of organic farming

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