johnson farm

Donate to Historic Johnson Farm.

Join with us to ensure that Johnson Farm remains a community asset both today and tomorrow. Donate to the General Fund or the Animal Fund.

When Vernon and Leander Johnson bequeathed their farm to the Henderson County Schools in 1987, it was their vision that the farm be used as a heritage education center for area school children. Today, the farm is owned by HCPS and managed by Historic Johnson Farm Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. Qualified donations to the foundation are tax-deductible. The farm also has accounts with the Community Foundation of Henderson County. Donations to this foundation are tax-deductible as well.

Check out the 2019-2020 Annual Report here.

WAYS TO SUPPORT HISTORIC JOHNSON FARM

Did you know? Henderson County Public Schools owns the land and buildings that make up Historic Johnson Farm. HCPS pays for the director’s salary and routine maintenance. Everything else is paid for through donations, festivals, tours, and programs!

JOHNSON FARM GENERAL FUND

General donations can be given to this account to help the farm maintain its day-to-day operations. Money given here could be used for anything from programming costs to landscaping to restoration projects. Gifts to the Johnson Farm General Fund may be mailed to 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791. Donations are tax deductible.

The General Fund pays for the day-to-day operations of the farm. This includes office supplies, program expenses, and repairs beyond what the
school system can help with.

This year, the General Fund aided in:

-Creating a new volunteer club, Junior Interpreters, for 5th-8th graders. Over 15 youth enjoyed volunteering at various events.
-Putting new metal porch roofs on the front and back farmhouse porches.
-Hosting Historic Johnson Farm Summer Camp in the midst of a pandemic. With additional health and safety measures in place, 21 youth were able to attend camp and (socially distant) socialize with their peers for the first time in months.

JOHNSON FARM ANIMAL FUND

This fund is similar to the endowment fund, but funds donated to this are currently being used for animal care until the Endowment Fund has reached a point where income from the Endowment can be used for animal care. Gifts to the Johnson Farm Animal Sponsors may be mailed to 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791. Donations are tax deductible.

The Animal Fund pays for all of the expenses for our donkeys, Lester and April, and goats, Oliver and Riley. The goats arrived in November and are still growing. Visitors, especially children, love seeing and petting the animals when they are at the farm. As with most years, this year the Animal Fund aided in:

-While the animals have pastures to graze in, a healthy diet consists of hay and feed each morning and evening. Our animals love to eat!
-Routine veterinary care provides check-ups and necessary vaccinations to keep the animals healthy.
-Most of the animal care takes place when the farm is closed. A stipend to the animal caretaker allows this animal care to occur.

THE JOHNSON FARM ENDOWMENT FUND

To honor the memory of the Johnson brothers, and to ensure this farm will forever remain a community treasure, the farm has established the Johnson Farm Endowment Fund. Our generous community needs to guarantee that this unique education center of today remains for the generations of tomorrow. The fund was started with gifts in memory of a beloved educator and from funds raised during our annual fundraisers. Gifts to the Johnson Farm Endowment may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Henderson County at 401 N. Main Street Suite 300, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Donations are tax deductible.

JOHNSON FARM ANIMAL ENDOWMENT FUND

The Johnson Farm Animal Endowment Fund was established by an anonymous donor to create a fund that could be used for the acquisition, care and housing of farm animals at Johnson Farm. Currently the farm has a pair of donkeys and four chickens. Gifts to the Johnson Farm Animal Endowment Fund may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Henderson County at 401 N. Main Street Suite 300, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Donations are tax deductible.

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

When planning your finances, the Community Foundation of Henderson County can assist you. Giving opportunities include the following:

*Gifting of appreciated stocks
*Passing assets through use of trusts
*Donating through a will
*Assigning life insurance proceeds
*Naming IRA beneficiaries
*Life Estate Gifts & Personal Property
*Charitable Remainder Trusts