3630 Poffenburger Road, Jefferson, MD
Engaging the Public Through Farm-Based Education at Fox Haven Farm, near Frederick MD. Carpool from Metro area.
The 626 acres of Fox Haven Farm are home to an ecological learning center, a demonstration organic fruit and vegetable farm, and a chestnut tree research orchard. Existing projects include organic haying, 85,000 trees planted on steep slopes in CREP, a local community garden, bluebird habitat, an American Chestnut Foundation experimental grove, a 3-acre organic direct-to-market garden, geothermal greenhouse under construction, solar-powered irrigation and beekeeping. The recently restored barn is used for educational workshops.
Field day registration ($20 for Future Harvest CASA members, $30 for nonmembers) includes a walking tour of the farm led by Mark Eyestone and Dick Bittner, along with a discussion of conservation and alternative energy elements being demonstrated throughout the property; a presentation in the learning barn on engaging children through sustainable food and farming education by Peggy Eppig of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; and a light lunch.
After lunch, optional workshops allow you to participate in some of the farm-based educational programs offered by MAEF and Fox Haven Farm. Each one-hour workshop is an additional $20.
• Beekeeping with Peggy Eppig of MAEF and Maryland State Apiarist Jerry Fischer
• Food Forests and Rainwater Gardens with Greg Zahn and Mark Eyestone
• Herbs for Wellness and Food with Susan Hirsch
• The Seasonal Plate (cooking a truly local, seasonal meal) with Homeshed Kitchens (Jeanette Warne and Robin Grasso)
Bring the kids along! For only $20 for the entire day, your young ones will participate in fun activities such as a creek walk and scavenger hunt. You'll all have fun learning all day!