Fox Haven wants your help with a rain garden project

Fox Haven Organic Farm & Learning Center is going to build a rainwater garden and we’re looking to our community for help. The garden will be planted with native flowers, shrubs, and trees that will provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Plants like milkweed help support a struggling Monarch butterfly population.


We try to make everything we do a learning opportunity, building this garden will give us an opportunity to showcase a sustainable way to work with rain water runoff, teach how rainwater gardens work, as well as how we work to reclaim our water and protect the local creek and water ways that lead into the Potomac River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” –Anna Lappe

blackeyedsusans300wAs we have begun the summer season in our newly re-designed Common Garden, a large amount of water run off has been washing out part of the hill side and causing problems for (our awesome!) Farm team and Garden manager. This beautiful garden is used as a demonstration organic garden to teach people of all ages organic growing techniques, the importance of growing your own food, and how easy (and fun!) it can be to buy food from your local farmer. We use the garden for children’s summer programs and adult Farm Kitchen Dinners. Excess veggies are given to local food banks and shelters. Unfortunately, areas at the bottom of the Common Garden have become unusable due to boggy conditions. With YOUR help we can install a permaculturally designed rainwater catchment garden.

That means in addition to preventing boggy conditions in our educational garden, the rain garden will prevent stream erosion and flooding by slowing rainwater runoff. This creates a natural filtration area that recharges the groundwater supply, protects the creeks and water ways from silt and contamination as well as creates a sustainable example of mindful land preservation.

What We Need & What You Get

We need supplementary funds to be able to get the best materials and support our teachers!

What do you get?

• Our love and appreciation!

• Donations are tax deductable.

• The knowledge that you helped support an environmentally focused project that will be used as a teaching device in the future.

• A personalized post card from the building of the garden.

• Gift certificates.

• Seed packets.

• Your name on a donor sign.

• A book of beautiful photographs documenting the project.

• A private Farm to table dinner for you and your friends/family.


The Impact

Rain water gardens are created to slow water and filter sediment, pollutants, and nutrients before runoff meets ground water or the creek, protecting our waterways and drinking water. At Fox Haven this rain garden will slow and cleanse the water before reaching the Lewis Mill Creek below, a tributary to Catoctin Creek which flows into the Potomac River. Additionally, this garden will protect our hillside and keep the Common Garden from flooding. Together we will create another example of working with the land in a healthy way!

The rain garden will be part of our tours for school groups, sustainability professionals, garden groups, farm visitors and people of all ages! Please help us create a more sustainable future by modeling what can be done. Your contributions will not only effect the health and well-being of our site and local waterways, but will help create a foundation of leading by example!

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