Discover what it is about our team and our property that makes a visit to North Corner Haven so special.
Established by family for the love of land.
Founded by The Dooley Family in 1972, North Corner Haven boasts over 600 breathtaking acres of mixed hardwood forest, pasture, and ponds, and is home to an operational farm that influences everything we do.
Our property and the surrounding area are rich in history. People have been living on this land for over 10,000 years; the remnants of their daily endeavors can be found throughout. You’ll find ridges built in pursuit of gold, boundary markers that divided the land, and the crumbling chimneys of old homesteads.
This land is also overflowing with life in countless forms. It is home to over 244 bird species, 55 mammals, more than one hundred types of reptiles, turtles and amphibians. Countless numbers of butterflies, dragonflies, bees and other insects can also be found living among more than one thousand species of plants that are native or naturalized to our region.
We strive to protect this natural bounty, and to cultivate the land in a way that fosters community and re-establishes sustainable farming practices within Southern piedmont culture.
Meet the team.
Every member of the North Corner Haven family shares the same two passions: great hospitality and good stewardship of the land.
The unique talents and experiences that each person brings to the table will surely enrich your experience as a guest, and they help to make North Corner Haven the remarkable place that it is.
Interested in joining our team?
Like her brothers, Nina treasures family and, despite living in Wilmington, is often the glue that keeps the family so close together.
Nina, who graduated with a Masters in Education, is a thinker with a listening ear. She is working toward a holistic approach to life that takes into account everything from the food she eats to her surroundings. (These endeavors still leave room, however, for her to enjoy her favorite drink: tequila.)
Bob Dooley, aka “BD”
Bob oversees operations at North Corner Haven, a perfect fit for someone who is keen on logistics but also has a creative mind. It also helps that he has enjoyed hunting and exploring the outdoors on the farm since he was a teenager.
Prior to being at the farm full-time, he spent over 30 years working in Charlotte as a builder for the former family business, RT Dooley Construction. Bob is fiercely loyal, and is an avid family man that loves connecting with members of the community.
David Dooley, aka “Doo”
David oversees business development for North Corner Haven and is informally known as the farm’s Idea Man. A Charlotte native, David is a natural networker who enjoys making connections across the community and seeing what comes from those relationships.
With his brother Bob, David worked at RT Dooley for over 30 years. He is first and foremost a family guy but also a lifelong fan of the outdoors. Over the last few years, he has developed an interest in landscape architecture. He relishes a good bottle of wine, even moreso if it comes with a great meal.
Director of Marketing & Events
Catherine is North Corner Haven’s event planner and chief organizing officer. She enjoys tackling the small details that surprise and delight. Catherine graduated from the University of Georgia before moving to New York City to work in private events. After gaining invaluable experience there, she headed back to Charlotte to re-establish her Southern roots.
Like the other Dooleys, Catherine takes a “family first” approach and loves to be outdoors. Her time at North Corner Haven has increased her interest in and understanding of farming. She loves throwing a good dinner party and going the extra mile for her guests, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty on the farm, either. Also, she’s a pretty good shot.
Director of Farm Operations & Education
Ross is responsible for North Corner Haven’s land management and food systems programs. He graduated from Davidson College with a degree in Biology and is certified in Permaculture Design. (He’s also certified to sell wild foraged mushrooms.)
Upon meeting Ross, you’ll quickly grasp the energy and enthusiasm he has for his work. He is truly a land-lover and would spend all day wandering around the woods if he could, but he also loves to share what he’s learned with others. Ross and his wife Tiffany live on the farm full-time, where they raise their daughter, Florence.
Director of Hospitality & Farm Products
Tiffany is the farm’s resident hostess. When she’s not out helping on the farm, she’s working in the kitchen or in the garden to make you feel at home.
Tiffany is a self-taught chef with an intuitive knack for incorporating seasonal crops and foraged foods into an unforgettable meal. She may be petite in stature, but this doesn’t prevent her from handling large cuts of meat like a pro. She also tends to our cut flower gardens. A free spirit with a genuine love for taking care of people, she is married to Ross and mom to Florence. Tiffany shares Ross’ passion for sustainable, regenerative land management. Her vanilla pound cake is the stuff of legend.
Casey studied landscape management and horticulture in college. He spent six years in the Air National Guard as a heavy equipment operator, traveling all over the world before launching his own landscaping business in Ohio. He moved to Charlotte and worked as an ISA Certified Arborist for three years before once again setting out on his own to run a landscaping and tree service company.
Casey became passionate about regenerative agriculture two years ago, coming to the conclusion that his many hours outdoors could be spent on activities that provide true, lasting value. Since then, he has spent his days working alongside his wife, Tori, to restore the land, grow nutritious food, and purposefully engage in solution-driven endeavors.
Casey believes that moving toward sustainable agriculture practices is not only inevitable, it is the future.
From a very young age, Tori has always had a keen interest in growing and preparing her own food. She helped her mom shell peas on the back porch, can salsa, make preserves and more. When she and her husband, Casey, bought their house, they immediately got chickens and built a small vegetable garden.
Each year, the couple added something more to the garden, and eventually realized that this was their passion. Tori ultimately quit her corporate job so that she could live out that passion more fully. Her favorite part of the life they’ve chosen is being able to pick and eat vegetables right from the plant, and to see how happy and healthy it makes other people when they get to partake in the quiet miracle that unfolds in the growing fields each season.
Tori and Casey joined the North Corner Haven team in the fall of 2017 and look forward to the great things that are still to come.