What Makes This Any Different From Other Birdseed Sold In New Jersey?
There is a prevailing attitude that land must be dedicated either to farming or wildlife habitat. The reality is, with a little creativity, they can coexist. The S.A.V.E.™ brand was established by New Jersey Audubon and its partner farmers to market products that embody this need for collaboration between farmers and conservationists. S.A.V.E.™ products demonstrate that locally grown agricultural products can complement habitat and soil conservation practices while achieving economic viability. Thus, the S.A.V.E.™ program unites, as a common goal, maintenance of robust, local agricultural economies with restoration and protection of habitat and wildlife.
S.A.V.E.™ Birdseed is grown in New Jersey by local farmers. Most blackoil sunflower seed is produced in the Upper Midwest and must be trucked over 1500 miles to New Jersey shelves. It offers the consumer no connection to the land, and no knowledge of its origin - where it came from, who grew it, or how it got onto the shelf. S.A.V.E.™ birdseed is different. Our farmers operate small, family farms and live in our communities. S.A.V.E.™ birdseed tells a story about real farmers, conservation, and, of course, BIRDS!
S.A.V.E.™ birdseed is directly connected to habitat restoration. For every 5 acres planted to sunflowers, the partners are establishing 1 acre of grassland habitat for rare nesting birds such as Grasshopper Sparrow and Bobolink.
S.A.V.E.™ birdseed is grown with a reduced carbon footprint. Grown locally, S.A.V.E.™ birdseed eliminates the need for extensive use of fossil fuels in transit. In addition, the project partners are using an experimental cultivation technique that may capture atmospheric carbon and lock it into the soil.
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