We establish non-harming food systems that build and restore wildlife habitat. We also offer safe haven to previously-farmed animals to live out their lives as partners within these systems. Currently, 100+rescued khaki campbell ducks forage daily in SHO Farm's permaculture orchard, and live securely in an insulated barn at night.
For us, 'non-harming' means non-harming to animals, to ecosystems, and to people. Of course some harm inevitably arises when meeting human needs (tilling soil, transporting goods, moving across the landscape). At SHO, 'Non-harming' represents an aspiration, with the enhancement of ecosystems as a constant benchmark.
We know that it's not enough to simply rescue farm animals, or to inspire people to 'go vegan', though both are so essential. We must urgently, collectively, develop non-exploitive and life-enhancing food systems that restore the wildlife habitat and protect the ecosystems often damaged even by plant-based agriculture. We know enough about farming, ecosystems, horticulture, soil science, wildlife ecology, and carbon sequestration to frame our love for animals in a durable solution that will stand the test of time--while meeting human health and food needs. We need a new vision for farming that protects animals, climate, habitat, and human health. That is the main thrust of our work. We work diligently across disciplines to accomplish this lifelong goal.
SHO Farm's 1300-acres are currently home to the important research and demonstration of these principles. From our progressive forest management plan that favors mushroom production and carbon farming, to our mature 8-acre fruit and nut permaculture system, to our food lab and cidery, to the duck sanctuary, to our pollinator fields, to our wild-food foraging system...we integrate intersecting fields of knowledge into a coherent blueprint for future land stewardship and food system practices.
We also offer workshops and help other land owners and sanctuaries integrate similar systems on their own properties.
"Sanctuary at SHO" is a DBA of Foundation for a Sustainable Future, a 501(C)3 non profit private operating foundation.