It has been a busy couple of months at the White House Farm Foundation. We have very much enjoyed hosting numerous groups, providing information about the Foundation and our mission and undertaking projects with students such as planting additional native shrubs and wildflowers along the river trail. We hosted a meeting of the Red Hat Society and appreciate the members posing for such a colorful photo on the porch. The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival gathered at the farm for a fundraiser picnic catered by West Main Market.
A group called Summer Splash recently visited and we had a great time with them as well as with the students from the Blue Ridge Environmental Governors School from Strasburg.
We appreciate the help of two groups of high school students in particular- Page County High School’s geology class with Mr. Snellings visited the farm for a lesson in topography, mapping and water quality. Ms. Meadows’ geographic information systems class mapped the riparian buffer which helps us with management and planning.
We look forward to the rest of the summer and sharing the farm with the groups which have already signed up for field trips or meetings at the farm and also look forward to working with the groups and events we are still arranging. As always, we encourage students to consider ways to use the farm for research, be that with water quality, soil science, native and invasive plant or animal species, history, etc.