what we do

We establish  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.  

We aspire to promote health for animals, ecosystems, and people. We know that it's not enough to simply rescue farm animals, or to inspire people to 'go vegan', though both are important. We think it's important to simultaneously 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 collectively 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 constitutes the main thrust of our work. We work diligently across disciplines to accomplish this lifelong goal. 

research and demonstration

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, water quality, 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. 

land stewardship consulting

We offer workshops and help other land owners and sanctuaries integrate similar  systems on their own properties.

Sanctuary consulting

We help sanctuaries set up habitat and forage plantings that can help enhance the well-being of their animals, off-set food costs and reduce the damage that supplemental tillage crop feeds cause to soil ecology, wildlife habitats, and resident animals (mice, voles, birds, snakes, frogs, toads).

"Sanctuary at SHO" is a DBA of Foundation for a Sustainable Future, a 501(C)3 non profit private operating foundation. 

Spreading duck straw in the orchard with our Mecalac skid-excavator. Straw piles compost in place, and nutrients flow to adjacent trees and downhilll plantings. Piles also host many different browsers and become seed repositories for a diversity of plants.