Fox Haven is a living, breathing, diverse, thriving, resilient ecosystem. As a living organism, it is self organizing and self regulating.
Fox Haven is a place of healing and transformation, cultivating admiration, respect and love for mother earth.
We are consciously cultivating the well being of people and the land, inner and outer ecology. We are building community self reliance by working together in the garden and growing our own food. We are growing nutrient rich soil to grow healthy food, for healthy people in healthy communities. We are practicing the principles of permaculture, demonstrating sustainable agriculture and organic gardening. We are providing alternatives to chemically intensive agriculture. We are modeling biodynamic farming, permaculture design, learning from and mimicking nature, as in biomimicry. We are encouraging young people to go into farming and training agents of social change to bring us back into harmony with the natural world.
We are building nutrient rich soil by grazing cows and rotating them into fresh pastures every day. We are tending gardens to provide healthy, nutritious food for learning center guests, neighbors and friends and the local food bank. We are keeping bee hives, planting pollinator friendly plants, milkweed for the monarch butterflies, and learning from the experience.
Understanding the importance of wildlife at all levels of the ecosystem, we protect biodiversity by maintaining dozens of blue bird boxes and welcoming bird watchers. We create wildlife habitat by leaving brush piles out for birds, rabbits and chipmunks, working with the flow and cycles of nature, slowing water erosion by planting trees on contour lines in buffer zones along the creeks to improve the water quality of Catoctin Creek.
We are building community and working with our neighbors, growing organic hay for a neighbor’s organic dairy operation, restoring old buildings on the land instead of building new ones, and hosting community events such as square dances, storytelling and painting classes in our big red barn.