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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 thousands of 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? LET’S CHAT

Nina Mclean

Founder

Nina Mclean

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

Founder

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

Founder

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.

Catherine Dooley

Director of Marketing & Events

Catherine Dooley

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.

Tiffany Lackey

Director of Food Experience + Farm Provisions

Tiffany Lackey

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. Tiffany shares the passion for sustainable, regenerative land management. Her vanilla pound cake is the stuff of legend.  

Alicia Wagner

Senior Events Manager

Alicia Wagner

After spending almost six years in the food and beverage scene at Country Clubs in the Charlotte region, Alicia is excited to take over the role of Senior Events Manager at NCH. Her experience in planning corporate, social and private functions is unmatched and her attention to detail is strong. She is our go-to gal for all planning needs with answers to questions and solutions to problems. We are thrilled to have her positive attitude and expertise on the Farm!    

Jason Leaphart

Farm Operations Manager

Jason Leaphart

Native to the Lancaster area, Jason has spent time on the land for the last seven years learning the ends and outs of the farm. He is responsible for managing our overall farm operations and staff as well as assisting with any events onsite. Jason comes from a long line of carpenters and problem solvers and is always willing to lend a hand.      

Jasmine Winkler

Market Gardener

Jasmine Winkler

Jasmine manages our market garden and event gardens and is a certified permaculture designer. She is an active participant in the local permaculture and garden community in our area and frequently attends events such as WIPE OUT WASTE annual award banquet, and  the HAWKs (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers) kids in nature day. 

Jasmine is currently participating in the NC State Extension Volunteer Master Gardeners Program where she is continuing immersion education and volunteering over 70 hours on an annual basis. 

On the Farm, when you incorporate a garden tour into your outing, Jasmine will lead you through the different varieties of plants we have on the Farm and share our process for growing food onsite. 

Jimmy Hudson

Grounds Specialist

Jimmy Hudson

Jimmy has been working on this land for the past 7 years, and knows the place like the back of his hand. Speaking of hands, he’s had his in a lot of different pots around here, always willing to jump in and lend advice, experience or a belly laugh. With a landscaping background, he manages the upkeep of our venue landscape including our Event Lawn. Our lawn is over 7,000sq feet of space, the perfect spot for a game of cornhole, a bbq or a wedding ceremony and Jimmy works tirelessly to keep looking fresh. 

When he’s not on the Farm, you can find him riding his harley with his honey, Sherry or cheering on his beloved gamecocks. 

Next time you join us for an event, be sure to say hey to Jimmy, he’s always around and guaranteed to be wearing a smile. 

Becky Knutson

Wedding Consultant and Venue Manager

Becky Knutson 

We’re thrilled to have Becky on our team as our Wedding Consultant and Venue Manager. Becky loves all things weddings and being a part of our amazing couple’s big day. Equipped with many years of experience in Sales, Elite Customer Service, Project Management, and an Entrepreneurial mindset, Becky wears many hats and can be found going above and beyond for each client. On the Farm, Becky manages all of our wedding clients and wedding planners, to make sure their wedding day goes off without a hitch! 

She has a love-hate relationship with the gym and her running shoes. She enjoys volunteering, traveling, spending time with her family and relaxing at the beach with her best friend and amazing husband, Dan.

Johannes Aartun

Farmer

Johannes Aartun 

Johannes was born in Greenville, SC and moved to Lancaster, SC in 2005 for his senior year of high school. After graduation he attended The University of South Carolina Lancaster campus for two years where he became active in the campus community. he helped start an outdoor club with two local professors where the group went out for weekend backpacking trips and facilitated cleanup projects to help preserve the unique biology at 40 acre rock.

Johannes grew up in a family run business often working on land and water management projects with local soil and water conservation groups, Partners for Trout, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to name a few. These projects ranged from mitigating wetland disturbances to erosion control and stream restoration for sustainable trout habitat. 

Following his time in Lancaster, he attended College of Charleston and University of South Carolina studying skeletal Muscle physiology. His in-depth knowledge of the cellular mechanisms governing muscle physiology afford a unique approach to raising exceptional meat products here on our farm. Getting the right nutrients at right time is what separates our pasture raised beef and forest raised pork. 

His time spent on the farm is something he truly enjoys every minute of. He says; “There is never a dull moment and I’m consumed with photographing it all to share with family and friends. It’s all to beautiful not to share! I still feel like a little kid on Christmas when the piglets or calves are born and thoroughly love the hands-on approach that we take at NCH to ensure our animals live their best lives.”

Today his passion for the outdoors and exploring new places is as strong as ever. He loves nothing more than jumping in the truck with his two dogs to go on an adventure, to meet new people, try unique things, and eat great food!

 

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Established in 1972 by family for the love of the land.