The Accokeek Foundation promotes sustainable agriculture and agroforestry through inclusive, hands-on visitor engagement, scholarly research, and presentations. The Foundation’s educational programs incorporate community needs, historical context, indigenous knowledge, and farmer expertise.
Agriculture Conservation Corps
The Agriculture Conservation Corps (ACC) program offers an introduction to varying aspects of sustainable agriculture, from animal husbandry to production farming, all while providing a local historical context.
Developed in partnership with the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center and Prince George’s County Public Schools, the ACC is a 7-week summer workforce development program engaging teens and young adults in farm management and self-sufficiency. Program participants acquire transferable career skills while gaining an understanding of environmental issues, critical thinking, and entrepreneurship in urban farming.
ACC is now a host organization for Prince George’s County Youth@Work Summer Youth Enrichment Program. Youth@Work SYEP funds summer jobs for Prince George’s County youth ages 15-19.
AgLab is a project-based spring program providing high school and college students an opportunity to work closely with Accokeek Foundation staff as they conduct individualized projects in agriculture and preservation of natural resources. Students may apply for opportunities to pursue their academic passions within the Accokeek Foundation farming programs:
High School AgLab meets weekly during the spring semester to work on projects designed around individual student’s interests. Animal science, agriculture history, and permaculture are just a few of the many possible subject areas for projects.
During Spring 2016 AgLab students are researching Hog Island sheep lamb weights, and designing a traditional Native American garden. Take a look at the work being done through the weekly reporting of one of our participants.
College AgLab (AgLab U) is an open slate for students at local colleges and universities. Our farm managers look to collaborate with undergraduates on independent studies and group projects that work towards common goals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch an idea or ask what kind of projects we are already working on.