In 2005, Scott Plein and his family purchased the historic White House Farm property in Page County, Virginia. After considering several land uses , Mr. Plein decided to enroll the property into a permanent conservation easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in order to protect its working agricultural operations and the unique natural beauty encompassed on the 270 acres.
After further thought on the best potential for the land, he hired Chris Anderson from Luray, Virginia as the executive director of his new environmental education and research center and named it the White House Farm Foundation.
The Foundation is privately funded by Mr. Plein and is a nonprofit educational foundation with a focus on sustainable agriculture, conservation, local history and culture. The farm lies next to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, an area renowned for its agriculture, beauty and natural resources.
We have many plans for our farm, all of which involve partners and community assistance. We are seeking partnerships and collaborative projects with individuals, community groups, the business community, research facilities, education institutions and other conservation groups within the Shenandoah Valley.
On the 270 acres, there are numerous features such as high bluffs, karst ponds, limestone outcroppings, active corn, soybean and hay fields, 52 acres of riparian buffer with warm season grasses (and a few exotic invasive species) and almost a mile of river frontage along the Shenandoah River.
We believe in striving for a healthy ecosystem which encompasses wise use of natural and human resources. Our mission is to enrich individuals with knowledge of and involvement with our natural ecological systems, sustainable agriculture, holistic community planning, and respect for local history and culture.
Photo Credit: Chris Anderson, Luray, Virginia. White House Farm in the Fall. Fall 2011. All rights reserved.