Our Mission

Foxfire (The Foxfire Fund,Inc.) is a not-for-profit, educational and literary organization based in Rabun County, Georgia. Founded in 1966, foxfire's learner-centered, community-based educational approach is advocated through both a regional demonstration site (The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center) grounded in the Southern Appalachian culture that gave rise to foxfire, and a national program of teacher training and support (the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning) that promotes a sense of place and appreciation of local people, community, and culture as essential educational tools.

Most importantly, "Foxfire" is the living connection between the high school students in the magazine program and their heritage, built through interaction with their elders. Students, by their own choices, have worked for over 45 years to document and preserve the stories, crafts, trades, and the personalities of their families, neighbors, and friends. Through this work, they have recorded vast collection of information on this unique American culture, preserving it for generations to come.

In 2003 Foxfire and Piedmont College signed a formal agreement to form the Partnership "in order to carry out Foxfire's educational teacher-training mission...and comprehensively integrate the Foxfire Core Practices into selected areas of Piedmont's existing programs of education by carrying on the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning...effectively institutionalizing the Approach to ensure its long-term sustainability." (Memorandum of Agreement, October 2003)

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