We believe that the highest best use of historic buildings is sustainable adaptive reuse.
Great Buildings Require Great Care
Our Farmhouse was built in 1722- nearly 300 years old. The Farmhouse was added on to in the 1800's and 1900's. Since 2015, FOJ has upgraded all internal systems, repaired roofing, gutters and repainted the building both inside and out. The building has been renovated for handicapped accessibility, including an ADA bathroom and a 320 foot long handicapped ramp. The farmhouse now houses the Nature School early childhood education program, meeting space and the caretaker's apartment.
We hope to include a commercial kitchen for our community gardener's to process their food for use in the winter.
Our 1836 Pennsylvania Double Decker Bank Barn was built in 1836 by Adam Gerhinger. The barn is the only one of its kind in existence in Northampton and Lehigh County. It has been studied by many barn historians and is featured in Barns of PA. We offer barn history tours that feature many of its unique elements. The barn is in need of new windows, doors, flooring, electrical and plumbing to secure and restore it for public use as a theatre for our Veterans and students and community meeting and event space.
Our Cow Barn was converted in 1984 to a 2 bedroom lofted guest house and now houses the Fox Nature Center and meeting space for our FVET- Female Veterans Empowered to Transition writer and performance program and our after school program for children at-risk of failure. New flooring, heating, plumbing, roofing repair. A new deck was added as a Team Home Depot project.
Milking barn was converted to a potting shed and green house
Our hunting cabin was converted to a Field Study Site as a Service Learning Project with Northampton Community College. It houses our environmental education instruments that are available to our community