Fox Haven Organic Farm is teaming with Organic Valley and Holterholm Farms to discuss with the community the connection between healthy soils, healthy crops, healthy livestock and ultimately healthy people. This Field Day, offered both July 19 and 20, is geared to all who are interested in homesteading, organic gardening and farming, and who are animal lovers, veterinarians, and advanced and novice producers.
“It is a pleasure to offer to our community this wealth of information in one day. The range of those interested in working the land is broad, and all are welcome to discuss a more ecologically beneficial way of doing so”, says Dick Bittner, Fox Haven Organic Farm Manager. Mr. Bittner will lead a discussion on using cover crops to eliminate use of chemical fertilizers. Organic Valley’s Dr. Paul Dettloff will speak about creating Mother Nature’s perfect foods without synthetic assistance, producing healthy food by balancing needs of the soil, the plants, the animals, and people. He will teach alternative organic treatments for poultry, sheep, goats, and bovine. Ron Holter, owner of Holterholm Farms, will share his organic cattle grazing practice and its connection to healthy soils and the surrounding ecosystem. Mark Eyestone, Fox Haven Organic Farm Gardener, will show where and how he has applied organic growing and permaculture concepts to landscaping and backyard gardening.
Schedule of events:
July 19th or July 20th 9AM-4PM All locations are on Fox Haven Organic Farm property in Jefferson
- 9 AM under the tent at Dick’s Production Garden (4855 Broad Run Road) – Introductions
- 9:30 AM (under the tent) demonstration and discussion on soil, plant and animal health
- 11:45 AM at the Heart House (4950 Corun Rd ), gardening for food, habitat, and stormwater management in small backyard spaces, an introduction to composting toilets and grey water systems.
- 12:30 in the Dairy Parlor (3630 Poffenberger Rd), Q and A, film and discussion of alternative organic treatments for poultry, sheep, goats, and bovine
- 3:00 at the Spring House (5532 Carroll Boyer Rd) for an in-field presentation on rotational grazing
Cost to attend: $25/person if prepaid by July 16th, or $30/person after that date; lunch is included.
Children 15 and under are free if accompanied by parent or guardian.
• send a check payable to FHLC, to: Fox Haven Learning Center, 3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755; or
• pay onsite (cash/check only) the day of Field Day.