"Next Generation Growers"
Amy has a long time passion for teaching kids. For the last 25 years, she has been teaching in the homeschooling community, private school sector, and coaching volleyball at every level. While living in Florida for 17 years, Amy homeschooled her two children while starting up and running two different businesses, including an Assisted Living facility and home school sports program. After moving to Virginia in 2011, she has been active on her farm with organic gardening, poultry care, horses, and now beekeeping. Amy finished her Masters in Public Health at Liberty University in 2019. Since then has accomplished certifications in beekeeping, food safety and started up Knollwood Agriculture training school. Along with her passion for teaching, she wants the next generation to have opportunities, knowledge, and skill in the agriculture industry. Amy feels very blessed to have a farm that has been in production since 1826 and wants to share it with Virginia and surrounding communities.
Public Relations, Policy and Social media Director
Adam Perry is the son of Amy and Douglas Perry. He was homeschooled from K-5 to Senior year before going to college in 2009. Adam finished an Undergraduate Degree in Western Legal Traditions and has a Masters's in Public policy from Liberty University. He now works for Liberty as an Administrative Assistant for Maintenance. Adam assists Knollwood with his expertise in social media outreach and business policies.
Owner, Manager and Maintenance Supervisor
Doug is a 20-year retired Naval officer. In 2011 Doug moved to Virginia with his family and bought Knollwood. Doug spends his time now as a maintenance supervisor, and you can see him repairing his 1826 home, working in the gardens, and taking care of the animals. He loves to work with children and spent several years tutoring and teaching home school classes.
Students will learn about the diverse ecosystem at Knollwood, including pasture, grassland, forest, and agricultural cultivated land. Lessons cover three types of an ecosystem including producers ( plants, herbs) consumers ( bees and poultry) decomposer ( mushrooms, fungi)Learn More
Throughout the year, a wide variety of classes are offered for the student to be learners of agricultural skills and keepers of the earth and environment. The classes include instruction with hands-on and outside experiences. Each class teaches the basic biology of the plant, how to grow, harvest, and cook with the food. The classes are designed based on age appropriateness and no more than 10-12 students for mastering the skill.Learn More
Experience poultry care and production on Knollwood farm. Topics covered are Henhouse engineering, hatching science, and eggology ( egg incubation). Classes are broken down for age appropriateness and include many opportunities for hands-on experiences through our learning center. Classes are offered in the spring when Knollwood has chicks hatching.Learn More
Students have the opportunity to learn and observe a bee colony in a safe and controlled environment. They learn about honey bee anatomy, cycles, forager, pollination, and preservation of honey. Students will observe the bee's busy day through an observation window. Students end their day with harvesting honey and sampling.Learn More
Students between the ages of 14-22 have the opportunity to join one of the programs based on interest and future goals. Mentorship program gives the student opportunities for working on the farm to gain experience for agriculture college degrees or scholarship application Volunteer hours and interns are for the student who has to meet a school requirement or wants to build a skill for their resume.Learn More
Come to Knollwood and fulfill your requirements for merit badges. Instruction and hands-on requirements are included for the badges listed : Animal science, Environmental science, Gardening, Horsemanship, Plant science, Public Health, Sustainability.Learn More