Welcome to the White House Farm Foundation!
We are excited about our current projects and realizing the vision for the White House Farm Foundation. We’re interested in various aspects of how to live more sustainably on the land and use our natural resources wisely. Our desire is to work with the community and our partners to answer some of the large questions now facing conservation and development.
- How do we live in balance with our environment?
- How can we enhance the landscape to feed wildlife and ourselves?
- Why is it important to conserve land?
- How can we support local economies?
- Do you have an environmental question?
- Questions about our local water quality, forest health; including status of gypsy moth, emerald ash borer or identification of a tree or shrub or insects?
- Questions on invasive plants?
- Questions on upcoming environmental regulations?
We are glad to help.
Exciting News . . .
Landowner is setting aside farmland for young and/or beginning farmers. On a 265 acre historic farm at the base of Massanutten Mountain near Luray, Virginia, landowner Scott C. Plein wants to remove one of the barriers facing those who would like to earn an income from agriculture.
TOURS NOW AVAILABLE! Want to learn more about the history of the White House (c. 1760), and settlement in the Shenandoah Valley? Want to identify native plants, trees, and grasses and learn more about the Shenandoah River watershed? Curious about birds and pollinators? Then book a tour with us to explore the White House Farm! We are available to provide personalized tours for groups from 5 to 30 people with either 1 hour, 2 hour or half day guided walks. We love sharing the special aspects of this historic farm and its ecology so contact us for tour prices.
WHFF in the News . . .
‘My 11th grade history teacher, Mr. David Poole Kite, assigned me the first big research paper I can remember having to write in high school. I typed out a 20-page paper, “History of Page County,” on my Royal portable typewriter. It took Harry M. Strickler 442 pages to write his book, A Short History of Page County…’ Go here to read the article referring to the White House written by State Delegate Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum in Reston Connection. ‘ Archeologists believe old houses are living things and have stories to tell. The original White House on Route 211 was built in 1760 by Martin Kauffman II as a residence and Mennonite meeting place. It is considered one of the original “fortified dwellings” along the Shenandoah River. ‘ Read more about the archeology field camp held at the White House in this recent article in the Page News & Courier. “The river and streams are our shared public resource,” said Scott Plein in a recent article published in the Page News & Courier highlighting the conservation work at his properties in Page County and the release of the Page County Water Res. Read the article here. Scott C. Plein, owner of the White House Farm and chairman of the White House Farm Foundation was featured recently in the Bull Run Observer for his many conservation efforts and partnerships. Go here to read the article. The White House Farm Receives the 2013 Better Models of Development Award! We are extremely pleased to have received this award through the Valley Conservation Council – Read the article in the Daily News Record. The Foundation has also received recognition by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation! Go here for more details.