Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, there is a breathtaking view of the mountains, large farms on two sides of the farm acreage, wooded area in the back, and a family with young children next door who homeschool.
This farm was purchased in 1997 and planted with ½ acre of blueberries, 100 blackberry bushes, pear, apple, sweet and sour cherry, plum, and peach trees. 10 elderberry bushes were added and there are table grapes, strawberries and rhubarb to round out the fruit selections taken to the farmer’s markets.
Currently there is one milk cow of the Holstein variety and her mixed breed Angus-Holstein calf, six American Guinea hogs, two beef steers, who are ruled by a Tennessee Walker horse. A flock of free-range chickens of assorted varieties roam the property along with an unusual bird called a Guinea hen. Three cats and one dog complete the collection of warm-blooded creatures.
December 2012 saw the completion of a 2100-square-foot high tunnel hoophouse. Unfortunately the winter storm of 2014 caused the structure to collapse and several options for repair will be explored with the students.