upcoming events

WALK IN THE WILD Proper Care of Edged Tools Sunday, January 20

Join Charles White and Freddie Patane at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust for our “Walk in the Wild” on Sunday, January 20th at 2 p.m. for a workshop on the Proper Care of Edged Tools. Edged tools:  chisels, planes, knives, axes, shovels and scissors.  Used around the home, these tools work best when properly cared for.  We will show you how to maintain and use a sharp, well working tool.  Bring a problem tool to sharpen and refurbish.

Charles often describes himself as an “old boy scout”.  Charlie’s love of the outdoors started early in the woods of Quebec and along Lake Ontario.  Since then, Charles has camped, hiked, canoed and kayaked throughout the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, mostly as a solo hiker.  He has also organized and led many groups as they ventured into the outdoors.  

Freddie Patane is a lifelong resident of South Jersey and works in media production. His enthusiasm for wilderness skills and primitive crafts has led him to train with world class primitive archers, survival instructors, and some of USA's top blacksmiths. He's happiest when he's capturing photos with his vintage film cameras, working on backyard projects and celebrating his artistic mishaps with like-minded souls.

 We will meet at the Willoughby House at the end of Pine Avenue, off Good Intent Road in Blackwood Terrace, or you can put "340 Pine Avenue, Deptford" into your favorite mapping service.  There is an additional small parking lot available at the end of Rankin Ave, one block from Pine Ave.  

Please check our Facebook for changes and directions. Information and questions: Charles White, 856-217-9138. Car pooling recommended. Free and open to all


For the past two and half years, the trustees of Old Pine Farm Natural Lands 

Trust have been hosting “Walk in the Wild” on the Third Sunday each 

month on a variety of subjects concerning the land, water, air, fire, wild 

edible foods, etc.

The trustees are planning 12 more “Walk in the Wild” in 2019 and are 

considering the following subjects: Acorn Flour, Wild Root Beers, Frogs, 

Birding, Cordage and Knots, Primitive Fire Starting, Open Fire Cooking, 

and Wild Edibles for three seasons.

Charles White, chair of the Walk in the Wild program, comments:

Walk in the Wild is a fun and educational way to help people get back in 

touch with the land. Old Pine Farm is uniquely situated to provide an easy 

access to nature and a chance to literally walk in the wild.

All programs start at 2 p.m. We meet at the Willoughby House, 340 Pine 

Avenue, in the Blackwood Terrace section of Deptford. Car pooling 

recommended. Free and open to all. We advertise on Facebook and the 

website Oldpinefarm.org.

Our Mission

 Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust is dedicated to the continued care of the woods, wetlands, and meadow it manages. We are continuing to acquire additional lots to connect the original Old Pine Farm acreage to a larger trail network running through the Blackwood Terrace area. We also strive to create a deciated green trail from the headwaters of Big Timber Creek to the Delaware River. 

Currently, Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust is working toward the immediate goals of obtaining additional property to complete the greenway, as well as the purchase of Willoughby House. 

Old Pine Farm

 Consisting of more than 45 acres of land, Old Pine Farm is one of the few remaining natural and protected areas along the highly developed tidal portion of Big Timber Creek. It offers a variety of terrain, including a meadow, woodlands, and wetlands, while being surrounded on three sides by many acres of fresh water in the Big Timber Creek.

 The original Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust includes land contiguous to the Big Timber Creek and the Willoughby property, roughly 33 acres. In 2001, the trust purchased an additional 5.1 acres south of Good Intent Road along Bayer Avenue, creating an area called Greenway I. After this purchase, the trustees established a goal of developing a trail to connect Greenway I to the original 33 acres. This lead to the 2003 purchase of another 9.6 acres of land at the end of Second Avenue. This property, Greenway II, adjoins Greenway I. In 2006, an additional 3.3 acres of land between First Avenue and McNaughton Avenue was obtained, creating Greenway III.Acquiring these properties can take up to several years per property, since the process involves getting approval from the New Jersey Green Acres program, finding funds for payment, having the land appraised, and doing a title search.

For more information


Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust

340 Pine Ave, Deptford, New Jersey 08096, United States

(609) 923-4028