Restoring and regenerating the land for generations to come on Fox Haven’s Organic Farm (LLC).
Dick has spent most of his life close to farming and the farm community here in Frederick County. Born, raised, and educated through high school in northern Frederick County. His college degrees in engineering at the Johns Hopkins University led him to work for seventeen years assisting doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he designed, built, and tested research instrumentation for medical professionals. A second career in sales of Farms and Lands led Dick to assist in the formation of the tract of land that is now named Fox Haven Organic Farm (FHOF). His third career as farm manager at FHOF allows him to pull from all aspects of his life to make FHOF work best, in a natural way to produce food for the betterment of all who visit his natural outdoor laboratory.
Eliza Greenman: Farmer
Eliza Greenman is an heirloom and cider fruit orchardist, fruit explorer, public speaker, and farmer activist. When first learning the management practices which go into producing flawless fruit, she began to question the chemicals and impetus involved in ridding fruits of their cosmetic blemishes. In not finding any answers of substance, she’s been on a quest to educate consumers on the costs of eating beautiful fruit. In bringing about awareness through cosmetic blemishes (such as #eatuglyapples and #drinkuglyapples), she and other fruit growers across the country can begin to lessen their dependence on using fungicides for the sake of beauty. Her orchard/fruit/cider musings can be found on her website: www.elizapples.com
Pete Walton: Farmer
Pete Walton is a native of Loudoun County Virginia with a strong passion for restoring health to the natural world. His love for holistic livestock systems, chemical free fruit and nut orchards, and building with earthen materials will guide his path at Fox Haven Farm. He is thrilled to join the team, and ready to co-create the future of agriculture. You’ll usually find him off in the field rubbing pig bellies, with his two loves, Ginger and Eliza, close by his side.
The “Center” staff (501 c 3) welcomes you to your gathering place to reconnect with nature.
JoAnn has over 30 years of experience in outdoor and indoor education and administration. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Earlham College and School of Religion, and holds a teaching certificate from Brown University. Outdoor adventure camps, farms, elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, as well as community centers in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Rhode Island, and Maryland all enriched and continue to bring joy to JoAnn’s life. Environmental and social justice work with children and adults through a variety of organizations occupies most of her time, after time spent with her family.
JoAnn’s hope for Fox Haven is that we continue to offer respite, opportunities for learning, discussion, reflection, and play in sacred space on the farm. If everyone leaves the farm with a new understanding of self, nature, and our inter-dependency and connection she is happy. If everyone leaves with an action that they will take – be it a new gardening or farming technique, an energy saving act in the home/school/business/farm, a letter or phone call made to a business or governmental body, or a plan for a community garden or food and nutrition program, all the better!
Lacey Walker, Community Garden Manager, Program Coordinator, teacher
Lacey Walker manages the education garden and builds community programs at Fox Haven Learning Center, but considers her true career to be that of a lifelong student. Her studies include herbalism, farm based education for adults and children, plant based cuisine, meditation, caring for and expanding the troop of ferment “children” she raises for gut health, the science of soil and composting, the mysterious life of companion plants, monthly wanderings to new corners of the country and the indispensable, incomparable joy of community potlucking.
Lacey engages with her passion for writing by authoring Fox Haven’s monthly contribution to The Environment is You in the Frederick News Post and can sometimes be seen toting her camera around, a throwback to her time in art school pursuing a BFA in Photography at Shepherd University. More often these days she likes to keep her hands free for playing in the dirt.
Phil Westcott: Composting Wizard and Technical Advisor
After many years working as a photographer for land management agencies throughout the country, Phil is excited to return to the Jefferson area to continue his work with conservation and the environment. He is a graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia where he studied Photography and got introduced to conservation and education through the Fish and Wildlife’s National Conservation Training Center. After attending the “Neighborhood Soil Rebuilder” course with the Institute for Local Self Reliance (I.L.S.R) in 2015, Phil has been avidly researching soil biology and composting science. In the coming years, he hopes to educate and create new solutions for composting within our community.
Jan grew up in Middletown, MD and always had a strong connection to the natural world. She has created contemplative nature – based programs for all in Maryland, West Virginia, and out west and holds a Masters degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. She is the Co – Founder /Director of Open Minds, Inc. ( non – profit), a mindfulness education program in Western Maryland, and volunteers for different organizations focusing on social change. Jan is also the mother of 9-year old Delia Ayn. You will find her hiking, writing, meditating, reading, when not playing with her daughter.