Building Up to Root Down

Announcing Our Capital Campaign:  A Campus Reimagined

New and historic repurposed buildings and a thoughtfully designed landscape will allow for campers, farmers, researchers, and visitors of all ages to engage in hands-on learning about regenerative agriculture in an authentic, meaningful way. 

 

Your support makes this campaign possible.

Below are the areas of impact that will improve over the next few years
with the support of our capital campaign:

Farm Discovery Gardens

The gardens will provide interactive learning opportunities for visitors to engage in many elements around growing vegetables, herbs, and more.  The space will bring a focused area for kids to harvest and taste fresh vegetables, visitors to tour food being grown, and backyard gardeners to take workshops.  Its inviting location next to the Smith Center will give visitors a chance to experience where their food comes from.

Wishcamper Livestock Education Barn & Little River Farmstead

Completed June 2017

Our new education barn site on the site of a former barn (demolished in 2008) and the historic Little River House has been repurposed as the seasonal hub of our popular Summer Day Camp.  Stop by to visit the livestock and see the new space!

Historic Pote Farmstead

Completed October 2017

The Fall 2017 renovation of the historic Pote Barn on Wolfes Neck Road turned it from a dilapidated underused space, to the new home of our herd of heifers. Rebuilding the Pote Barn and converting an old manure storage facility to heifer barns was beneficial for our farm team and for the long term plan for our organic dairy operation.  It also properly preserved its history. Renovation began in June 2017 with work by Houses and Barns by John Libby. The barn was dismantled through an extensive numbering system, each post and beam restored as needed, and rebuilt on its original footprint. An additional barn was built below by local contractor Mark Vaschon for use in the new heifer facility.

Organic Dairy Facility

Happening this year!

This new barn will serve as the center for our residential farmer apprentice program and will house a dairy herd of 60.  It will also include the milking parlor, maintenance and equipment shop, commodity storage, and a research station.

Visitor Center

Our Visitor Center will serve as the primary entry and information point for all campground and day visitors.  An indoor market will feature the farm’s fresh produce, meat, and farm products.  A café will offer a menu with food sourced locally and from the farm.

Smith Center for Education & Research

The Smith Center will be located at the main campus of the farm on the site of the existing dairy barn.  The Center will have classrooms, a commercial teaching kitchen, indoor growing spaces, meeting rooms and administrative offices.  The space will be used for year-round programming on nutrition, culinary education, soil health research and more.  The farm’s natural landscape will always be our primary “classroom” but this innovative center will bring deeper, more diverse and meaningful experiences for people of all ages.

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