Fox Haven is an ecological retreat and learning center, farm and wildlife sanctuary. We offer tours to suit your visit. Tours can be 1 hour, half day, or anything in between. We charge $10/person/hour; non profit, group and student prices available. Call us to schedule.
- American Chestnut Orchard: The tour includes the rich history of this tree, the economy that grew around it, the blight that almost eliminated it, and the efforts being made to create a blight-resistant American Chestnut tree, using scientific methods to backcross breed a blight resistant tree. We are currently working with the American Chestnut Foundation, and scientists from the University of Virginia and Penn State.
- Common Garden: vegetable experimentation (ie; vertical squash), Hugelkulture “light”, role of pollinators, native bee “condos”, no till gardening, organic gardening, integrated pest management,IPM, ( edge cucumber baskets), cisterns, gravity-fed drip irrigation, herb gardening, beginning food forest,
- Rain garden: series of run off ponds dispersing run off from above
- Hillside pollinator flower garden: this is an experimental plot where thousands of native wildflower seeds were planted, working with Dr. Bolten of Hood College. The Pollinator Flower Garden, beside the education garden on the Chestnut farm, is rich in plant diversity and offers increased resiliency to insect stressors that proliferate with monoculture farming. With biological diversity flourishing at Fox Haven, we are demonstrating an alternative to mono-crop farming. The flowers attract and encourage pollinators and they activate greater vegetable and fruit yields.
- Restored farmhouse: three centuries are represented in the Chestnut Farmhouse, renovated lovingly to bring out the craftsmanship of how it was built. Many small workshops and weekend getaways occur here.
Spring House Farm with its rolling hills is ideal for grazing cows. Fox Haven is partnered with Holterholm Farms, an organic dairy selling milk to Organic Valley Cooperative, that grazes (in rotation) its Brown Jersey heifers, while building up the organic biological life in the soil and increasing it’s nutrient value. Healthy soil with earthworms and dung beetles is vital to raising healthy cattle and growing healthy food. Nature knows best and we take the time to observe what works in nature and build biological diversity out of what works.
Topics covered here include:
- rotational grazing
- building soil health
- CREP program and tree planting and management (this still needs to be done)
- Spring House restoration