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Nature

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Nature-Based Solutions

Grace Farms’ 80-acre site is a model of what can be achieved through the restoration and conservation of nature. Our founders restored the acreage into ten biodiverse native habitats, including meadows and woodlands, bringing back over 100 species of birds. We’ve also made ongoing efforts to conserve and protect over 2,000 mature trees on site, which absorb more than 130,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year from the atmosphere, the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warning or climate change.

These instances are all part of an inspiring model for preserving and restoring wild on a regional, national, and global scale. It also demonstates how we can employ nature-based solutions as a cost-effective strategy to address climate change.

 

 

Combating Transnational Environmental Crime

Our Nature Initiative has accelerated change through an interdisiplinary approach with our other initiatives and partners. Our unique model couples our Justice Initiative’s law enforcement expertise in combating human trafficking with our Nature Initiative’s conservation approach to train and build capacity to fight environmental crime, including global deforestation, a $20 billion criminal network fueled by exporting and possessing wild flora, timber, and animals.

 

 

Experiential Programming

Our year-round and seasonal programming invites environmental leaders to Grace Farms, which helps to raise awareness on topics ranging from climate change to protecting endangered wildlife. We also offer a wide range of hands-on learning experiences. These programs aim to inspire a stewardship of nature – from cleaning up local watersheds to producing organic food on site for local families in need.

Our Nature Initiative has raised awareness and accelerated change around some of our most intractable environmental issues, building an impactful model to ensure a sustainable future.

 

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Species of birds have been identified at Grace Farms, an increase from 40 species in 2015, as a result of restoring our native meadows

20,000

Pounds of trash have been collected along Norwalk River and Five Mile River during our annual Source to Sound river clean ups

130,000

Pounds of carbon are sequestered from the atmosphere each year by trees on Grace Farms' property

2017

Brought back the American Kestrel to Grace Farms by restoring native meadows and installing nesting boxes. The Kestrel, the smallest and most common falcon in North America, is beneficial to the environment and farmers due to its consumption of crop pests.

2015

Established year-round free nature programing for people of all ages, offering exploratory opportunities of the natural world within our 80-acre preserve.

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