Wilton Corkern Receives Accokeek Foundation’s National Conservation Leadership Award

Jim Rees presents Wilton with a gift from Mount Vernon Ladies Association

Accokeek, MD–On October 9, 2011, the Accokeek Foundation honored Dr. Wilton C. Corkern, Jr., with its National Conservation Leadership Award, in recognition of more than two decades of service to advance stewardship and conservation, especially land preservation and sustainable agriculture. The award was presented at the Foundation’s annual Leadership Salute, a lovely outdoor event in Piscataway Park which raised nearly $55,000 for the Accokeek Foundation’s programs, including a $20,000 grant awarded by the Wallace Genetic Foundation in honor of Corkern.

Corkern, who recently retired from the Accokeek Foundation, became President and CEO in 1990. He established the Foundation’s modern organic Ecosystem Farm with its innovative new farmer training program. He also helped to organize and launch the Friends of the Potomac and to secure designation of the Potomac as one of the first “American Heritage Rivers.” Under his leadership, the Foundation reinvigorated its land conservation program, constructed a “green” Education Center, developed stewardship demonstration areas, and launched the Foundation’s Piscataway Cultural Landscape Initiative, an effort to transform the concept of “indigenous cultural landscape” into a concrete interpretive experience of Piscataway culture and history.

Corkern was recognized for his accomplishments and receivedcongratulatory proclamations from many, including:

  • Assistant Secretary of the Interior Robert G. Stanton brought greetings from Steny Hoyer, Minority Whip of the U. S. House of Representatives; Ken Salazar, U. S. Secretary of the Interior; and Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
  • Delegate James Proctor presented the Governor’s Citation from Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
  • Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., presented a resolution from the Senate of Maryland
  • Delegate Joseph Vallario presented a resolution from the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Senator Miller and Delegates Proctor and Vallario presented a Maryland State Flag that flew over the State House in Annapolis
  • Accokeek Foundation Trustee Eugene Roberts presented a Certificate of Recognition from Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive
  • Elizabeth Hewlett, Chairman of the Prince George’s Planning Board, presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Prince George’s Planning Board
  • Alexcy Romero, Superintendent of National Capital Parks–East, presented three “Centennial Challenge” medallions from the National Park Service: The Frederick Douglass Medallion for Excellence in Leadership; the Carter G. Woodson Medallion for Making a Difference; the Willow Oak Medallion for Excellence in Resource Management
  • James Rees, President of Mount Vernon, brought greetings from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Corkern previously worked at the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the George Washington University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, and currently serves as chair of the steering committee of the Washington AIDS Partnership, as a board member of  the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, and as a trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust, a Washington, DC, philanthropy. He was recently appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council. He is a member of the Cosmos Club. Corkern received his PhD in American Civilization from the George Washington University.

The event was sponsored by generous donors, including Susan Gage Caterers, B.K. Miller Company, Alexander and Cleaver, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Prince Charitable Trusts, SMECO, Cultural Resources Management Group, Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Leadership Salute contributions help to ensure high-quality, affordable educational and recreational opportunities for the local community.


About the Accokeek Foundation and the National Conservation Leadership Award


The Accokeek Foundation, which was established in 1957 to protect the Mount Vernon viewshed, stewards 200 acres of Piscataway Park along the Potomac River in Prince George’s and Charles Counties, Maryland. Its programs include the National Colonial Farm, a living history museum that preserves heirloom plants, heritage breeds of livestock, and historic buildings of the Chesapeake Tidewater; the Ecosystem Farm, a demonstration of sustainable agriculture; and training programs in organic farming, museum theatre, and other related fields.

The Accokeek Foundation established the National Conservation Leadership Award in 2001 to recognize contributions in the conservation of natural, cultural, and historic resources. Former recipients of award include Robert G. Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service; John M. Derrick, former chairman and CEO of Pepco Holdings; Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives; Gilbert Gude, former Member of Congress; the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union; Willem Polak, President of the Potomac Riverboat Company; Glenn Eugster, retired Assistant Regional Director for Partnerships, National Park Service National Capital Region; and Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, President of the Senate of Maryland. Peter Gilsey, Chair and CEO of Ariba Asset Management, Inc., was selected as the 2010 recipient and was honored posthumously in December 2010.

The Greenhorns Film and Young Farmers Highlight Food Day Event

DC Metro Area Food and Farming Leaders to Converge on Accokeek Farm

Accokeek, MD –  The Greenhorns, a national grassroots nonprofit organization of young farmers, will premiere their much-anticipated documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” to DC Metro Area audiences at the Accokeek Foundation on Saturday, October 22. The screening is part of a full day and night of programming for area young and beginning farmers, as well as food leaders, being organized by the Accokeek Foundation, The Greenhorns, Chesapeake Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), and Alice Ferguson Foundation nonprofit organizations. Beginning with workshops, speaker presentations (including the Rural Coalition), and a potluck, a farm campout will extend this social event into the next morning. This is an official national Food Day event and is FREE and open to everyone. Families are welcome and encouraged to join in the activities.

“The Greenhorns” film documents the decisive reemergence on our national landscape of a key cultural and economic force, the young American farmer. These new men and women in agriculture operate and thrive despite a longstanding trend of farmer attrition and aging, and the continued rapid loss of farmland to development.  The average age of a farmer in America is 57, and USDA subsidies to huge agribusinesses dominate Farm Bill spending. But many communities are experiencing a resurgence of activity among young, new and aspiring farmers. In the DC Area alone, we find numerous new farms and farming initiatives, both urban and rural, with young farmers at the helm.

“The Greenhorns” shows how a new generation of young agrarians who farm with their brains as well as their bodies exert a promising and necessary impact against these prevailing crises. These greenhorns are working to reverse negative trends in favor of healthy food, local and regional foodsheds, and the revitalization of rural economies, one farm at a time. Official mandates calling for the increase and successful resettlement of young farmers stir hope while farmland remains abundant, if difficult to access for most new entrants. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s recent call for 100,000 new farmers is an encouraging sign. Now we need policies to back up that goal. With over 400 million acres of farmland poised to change hands over the next twenty years, the time for action is NOW. The 2012 Farm Bill package of legislation is already in the pipeline. The documentary sets this context, shows the issues, and introduces the viewer to a savvy, purposeful posse of young farmers getting into the business of fixing America. One farmer at a time.

Directed by farmer/activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming, produced in dozens of states over three years, “The Greenhorns” runs a fast 50 minutes. Click here for more information and to make reservations to attend the event.


Molly Meehan, Accokeek Foundation
Patrick Kiley, The Greenhorns

“Enduring Traditions” – Accokeek Foundation Announces the 11th Annual African American Heritage Day Event Schedule

Accokeek, Maryland–On September 24th the Accokeek Foundation’s 11th annual African American Heritage Day will celebrate the region’s history and culture with “Enduring Traditions: Rich Connections to Our Past” at the National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park. Bring the family for a day full of music, living history demonstrations, children’s activities, fascinating panels, and the best soul food this side of the Mason Dixon line.

Arrive early to enjoy the 11 am appearance of Culture Kingdom Kids, who will perform poetry that chronicles the lives of famous Marylanders like Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall,  dance to such favorites as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and finish by engaging the audience in performing the group’s “Walk Through Our History” song.  Then take a trip through African American musical history, from the stirring voices of the Gospel Soul Seekers to the celebrated Washington Revels Jubilee Voices to the Sandra Y. Johnson Trio’s soulful jazz and blues.

Stroll out to the historic farm house and kitchen (don’t be surprised if a few chickens stroll along with you), where costumed interpreters will provide a lively introduction to Maryland’s African American past through cooking, quilting and conversations about what daily life was like. From the farm’s kitchen garden to the authentic tobacco barn to the resident hogs, sheep, and cattle, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. Children can play games from the past and may be asked to help with the chores.  Also on hand at the farm will be Trooper Dick Crawford and members of the Greater Washington DC Chapter 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association of the famous Buffalo Soldiers, sharing another aspect of the “enduring traditions” of African Americans’ contributions to the history of our country.

In the Education Center two fascinating panel discussions will be moderated by Ted Mack, chair of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. The first panel will explore the topic of food justice and the role of African American farmers in Maryland. The second panel will focus on historic preservation of not only buildings and cemeteries, but also of historically significant homes.  Also in the Education Center, oral historian Wayne Rose will gather stories of visitors’ family history and traditions.

Wander down to the fishing pier with its majestic view of George Washington’s Mount Vernon across the Potomac River and visit the Heritage Market. You can buy fresh produce from farmers and a variety of products from area vendors, from quilts and jewelry to luxury soap and glass art. Fabulous soul food will be provided by The Stress Reliever, a newcomer to the area’s food truck scene, with a menu that includes fried and baked chicken, collards, okra, mac and cheese, and peach pie. Learn about trapping and fishing from Morris Smalls, a Gullah man originally from South Carolina who will demonstrate his “tools of the trade.” Louise Webb and Dorothea Smith of the Charles County African American Heritage Society will demonstrate creative ways African Americans have found to recycle and reuse common household items. Also on hand will be representatives from other cultural organizations in the region with information on upcoming programs, as well as a professional genealogist who will provide advice and guidance on tracing your family’s African American ancestors.

Activities will take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Early arrival is encouraged to see the opening performance at 11 am. Admission is $5. Accokeek Foundation members and children 2 and under are free. Online advanced admission sales are available.

Leadership Salute

The Accokeek Foundation’s annual Leadership Salute celebrates those who have shown strong support for the Foundation; recognizes leadership on key principles that advance our mission; acknowledges dedicated public service; and raises support for the Accokeek Foundation’s programming for children and families.

Join us for this special event as we honor Dr. Wilton Corkern, President of the Accokeek Foundation

Sunday, October 9, 2011

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Accokeek Foundation, Education Center

3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Maryland 20607

Hors d’oeuvres and wine, catered by Susan Gage Catering

The Accokeek Foundation established the Leadership Salute and the National Conservation Leadership Award in 2001 to recognize contributions in the conservation of natural, cultural, and historic resources, and support for education and research in those areas. Dr. Corkern will be given the National Conservation Leadership Award in recognition of more than two decades of service to advance stewardship and conservation, especially land preservation and sustainable agriculture. At the end of September, Dr. Corkern will retire as the President of the Accokeek Foundation. Please join us as we honor his service and celebrate his retirement.

Former recipients of the National Conservation Leadership Award include Robert G. Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service; John M. Derrick, former chairman and CEO of Pepco Holdings; Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives; Gilbert Gude, former Member of Congress; the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union; Willem Polak, President of the Potomac Riverboat Company; Glenn Eugster, retired Assistant Regional Director for Partnerships, National Park Service National Capital Region; and Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, President of the Senate of Maryland. Peter Gilsey, Chair and CEO of Ariba Asset Management, Inc., was selected as the 2010 recipient and was honored posthumously in December 2010.

Sponsors of the 2011 Leadership Salute

Benefactor: $5,000

William Page Bryan / B.K. Miller Company

Marietta Ethier and John McGarry

Susan Gage Caterers

Eugene and Lynn Roberts

Fred and Kathy Rotondaro and the Rotondaro Family

Sponsor: $1,000

Alexander and Cleaver, P.A.

Chesapeake Bay Funders Network

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Prince Charitable Trusts


Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.

Patricia E. Williams, Cultural Resources Management Group, LLC

Friend: $250

William C. Baker

Lisa Hayes and Theodore Manekin

Alice M. and Ross M. Merrill

B.K. Miller Meats & Liquors, Inc.

Thrift and Ford Families

Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Capital Management, Inc.

Ms. Dorothy Leonnig

Mr. Russell R. Reno, Jr.

Tickets are $75 per person*

Become a Sponsor of the Leadership Salute 2011 Gala

“Leadership Salute contributions help to ensure high-quality, affordable education opportunities for families in our community.”

*The non tax-deductible portion for each attendee is $50. The Accokeek Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Documents submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401 for the cost of copying and mailing.

Explore “Crime and Punishment in Colonial Maryland” Through Museum Theatre

Accokeek, MD—A historic farm house and heritage breed farm animals provide the backdrop for an entertaining evening of theatrical performances at the National Colonial Farm on July 30. For five years running, the Museum Theatre Program at the Accokeek Foundation has provided a few talented performers with intensive training in living history and museum theatre–a form of live performance used to educate and engage visitors at museums around the world.  Rooted in scholarly research, this year’s program uses a variety of theatrical techniques to explore the topic of crime and punishment in Colonial Maryland. Weekend performances in July have provided interns the opportunity to engage with visitors in performances of vignettes they created, including “Tales from the Pillory” and “Insolent and Contemptuous Carriages,” even as they feverishly developed the script and rehearsed their final show: “Murder on the Potomac.”

“This internship has been a wonderful learning experience that has tested my limits in acting and history and lengthened them”, states intern Jeanette Wheeler.  “It truly has been an experience of a lifetime.” Rounding out the cast of interns this year is Shanice Jones, Mariah Fry, Valerie Holt, Lindsey Mitchell, and Abby Barber.

The internship program culminates in the Foundation’s popular Colonial Day event, which has something for audiences of all ages. At 5 p.m. families can enjoy a delightful adaptation of “Goody Two Shoes,” a favorite 18th century children’s story (developed in collaboration with the National Children’s Museum), and “Songs and Tales from the Pillory.” Then the audience will be invited to stroll through the house and yard of the National Colonial Farm looking for “clues” to a murder before taking a seat and watching as Miss Nancy Marple Fletcher Drew attempts to solve the mystery of “Murder on the Potomac” in this hilarious send-up of the classic “whodunit.”

Event Details
Colonial Day: Crime and Punishment in Colonial Maryland
Saturday, July 30
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
$7 members; $10 non-members, with advance admission available

High-Tech Treasure Hunt Set to Launch June 4, 2011

Captain John Smith Geotrail features over 40 Chesapeake sites in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware

Piscataway Park along the Potomac River

Annapolis – Set to launch on National Trails Day, June 4, 2011 at the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, the new Captain John Smith Geotrail is a journey across Chesapeake landscapes that evokes scenes and stories experienced by Captain Smith 400 years ago. Adventurers will have the chance to explore more than 40 sites that highlight places associated with Smith’s explorations, the natural resources of the Chesapeake, and American Indian communities then and now. Located along the James, Rappahannock, Potomac, Susquehanna, and the Nanticoke Rivers, the geotrail’s sites complement and promote the congressionally designated Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

This multi-state initiative is sponsored by the National Park Service and its Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, Maryland Geocaching Society, and Chesapeake Conservancy.

Geocaching, pronounced “geo-cashing,” is a worldwide phenomenon, in which participants use a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) to plot map coordinates in order to locate a hidden treasure or “cache.” Searching for a cache is akin to going on a treasure hunt and can involve clues, riddles and visits to multiple locations. Shovels are a forbidden tool – caches are never buried.  A “geotrail” is a series of caches tied together by a common topic or theme.

If you are a journalist or blogger interested in a sneak preview with an experienced geocacher, please contact Susan Kelley or Cindy Chance for a Captain John Smith geocache experience near you.

Geocaching volunteers will be on hand at the kick-off event to teach the basics to people new to the hunt, and extra caches will be placed, including some just for kids. The event begins at 10:00 am and runs until 12:00. Do expect most serious geocachers to bolt as soon as the Smith Geotrail cache coordinates are officially “published” sometime around 11:30 and cachers download to their mobile devices.

Participants will find plenty to explore at Accokeek. Situated on the banks of the Potomac, with Mount Vernon visible on the opposite shore, the Accokeek Foundation and its National Colonial Farm offer a wide range of fun educational events for adults and children.

“The geotrail is a wonderful way to introduce people, especially families, to the wide variety of resources available on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake trail” said Jonathan Doherty, National Park Service Assistant Superintendent. “As a National Historic Trail, we have an obligation to help everyone discover important Chesapeake places and provide an opportunity to have fun learning about our common heritage. Geocaching is good clean fun that gets everyone outside!”

Charles Stek, chairman of the Chesapeake Conservancy, said “The Geotrail will get people to come out and play with the trail, Chesapeake history, and our great natural resources.”

To join the adventure, a geocacher must access the official geocache website at www.Geocaching.com to set up an account. A basic membership is free. Once an account is established, the geocacher can use the advance search function to locate the Captain John Smith account, retrieve the map coordinates, and see the cache details for each Captain John Smith Geocache. Included with the information for each cache location is a description of the site and its significance to the Chesapeake and Smith’s voyages.  The next step is to head outside with a GPS to find geocaches along the Captain John Smith Geotrail!

This is the second Chesapeake-focused geotrail built in partnership with a National Historic Trail. Last year, on a cold February day, the launch of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Geotrail drew nearly 800 weekend visits. In the past year, that trail has drawn nearly 8,000 visitors to its sites.

A collectible, highly coveted, and trackable geocoin will be given to the first 400 geocachers who locate a minimum of 15 geocaches along the trail. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must download a trail passport from www.smithtrail.net, find and log on www.Geocaching.com at least 15 geocaches from the trail, record the secret code word from each cache on their passport and post a picture of each cache location on the corresponding geocache webpage. After discovering the 15 required caches, geocachers may have their passports validated in person or via mail at the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office:  410 Severn Avenue, Suite 314, Annapolis, MD 21403.


About Chesapeake Conservancy

Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure conservation, stewardship, access and enjoyment of the Chesapeake’s iconic landscapes, great rivers and cultural and historic assets. The Conservancy advances this mission through education, the marshaling of new resources and the forging of partnerships with governments, businesses, public-interest groups and citizens. The principal focus of the Conservancy is the implementation of: the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail; the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network; and a Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative. The Conservancy believes that by helping educate citizens about the Chesapeake Bay and by providing new opportunities for improved public access, tourism, recreation and cooperative conservation of its treasured landscapes and ecosystems, we can create a lasting ecological and cultural legacy for the Chesapeake Bay.

About the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, extending approximately 3,000 miles on the Bay and tributaries, is the nation’s first water-based trail. It follows the routes of John Smith’s exploratory voyages in 1607-1609 and offers trail visitors recreational and educational experiences on land portions as well as on the water. Primary interpretive themes center on 17th century American Indian societies and cultures and the natural resources of the Bay.

About the Maryland Geocaching Society

Founded in the fall of 2002, the Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) was among the first groups to organize around the adventure and passion of geocaching. Over the past eight years, the Society has welcomed nearly 3,000 members to its website and sponsored multiple state-wide activities, including “Cache in Trash Out” programs to assist in the maintenance of parks and trail systems. The MGS promotes geocaching as exciting, earth-friendly and adventurous outdoor recreation for the whole family.

Laura Ford, Director of Communications, Accokeek Foundation
Cindy Chance, National Park Service, Chesapeake

Seeing Green on the Silver Screen: Free Summer Film Series

This summer, the Accokeek Foundation Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship will launch a film series that spotlights seven remarkable stories of sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.

FRESH is a film that documents the search for sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture.

Each of these free events will be held at the Accokeek Foundation Education Center in Piscataway Park—a lush landscape through which flows the stream of environmental history. Indeed, the documentaries selected for this series explore both our present and our past, from an investigation into the New Food Revolution that is sweeping much of the nation to a look at the factors that led to the formation of the Great Plains Dust Bowl in the early twentieth century.

The stories that are told in each of these moving films have the power to change the way we think about and act in the natural world around us. There is no better place to experience these stories than the picturesque setting of the Accokeek Foundation.

Established in 1957 as a land trust to protect the view from Mount Vernon, the Accokeek Foundation stewards 200 acres of Piscataway Park. Evidence of human interaction with this land dates back thousands of years. This land now serves as an outdoor classroom where the Foundation demonstrates and educates about land conservation, historic preservation, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship. It is the Foundation’s mission to preserve and protect the historical sites and relics, trees, plants, and wildlife in this area of great natural beauty along the Maryland shore of the historic Potomac River.

Each Film Series event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month from May through October. No film will be shown in August. Light refreshments will be available, but we encourage our guests to bring a picnic dinner.


Tues., May 24: “The Last Boat Out

“The Last Boat Out” weaves together the tales of a battered Chesapeake Bay and a family of watermen struggling to preserve their way of life. Narrated by actor and activist Sam Waterston, the film is a story of human determination and hope in the face of past mistakes. For more information about the PBS documentary series about the Chesapeake Bay, visit www.LastBoatOut.com or contact Laura Seltzer at 202-210-4689.

Tues., June 28: “The Plow That Broke the Plains” and “The River

“The Plow That Broke the Plains” is a 1936 film that explores the factors that led to the formation of the Great Plains Dust Bowl. “The River,” from the following year, documents the growth of trade and travel along—and subsequent weakening of—the Mississippi River.

Tues., July 26: “FRESH

“FRESH” celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people who are reinventing America’s food system. The film confronts food contamination, environmental pollution, and rising human obesity on its search for healthier and more sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture.

Tues., Sept. 27: “Homecoming

“Homecoming” is a film that documents the story of African American farmers in the twentieth century. Drawing on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the film documents the tradition and decline of black farmers and explores the bittersweet legacy of land farmed and lost.

Tues., Oct. 25: “The Greenhorns

“The Greenhorns” explores the lives of America’s young farming community—it’s spirit, practices, and needs. In broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, the film emboldens and entices those who are considering a career in agriculture.

Tues., Nov. 29: “What’s On Your Plate?

“What’s On Your Plate?” is a film that follows two eleven-year-olds as they explore their place in the food chain. With the camera as their companion, Sadie and Safiyah talk to friends, farmers, and more on their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.

For more information about this series, contact the Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship at 301-283-2113 or caes@accokeek.org.

About the Accokeek Foundation: The Accokeek Foundation is an educational non-profit and one of the nation’s oldest land trusts. The Foundation stewards 200 acres of Piscataway Park on the shore of the Potomac River in Accokeek, Maryland. The site’s National Colonial Farm is a living history museum that works to preserve heirloom crops and heritage breed animals. The Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship and Ecosystem Farm emphasize the future of agriculture as we instruct farmers in sustainability. The park’s grounds and trails are open to the public year ‘round.

The Accokeek Foundation Holds Food Justice Series

Food Justice Series Art Project Winner

Artwork created by sixth-grade students from Capital City Public Charter School.

As the world finds itself facing widespread environmental degradation and ever-increasing human health concerns, the new food movement has taken hold. This shift in thought and action–which some have called a revolution–advocates sustainable agricultural and environmental practices that preserve the well-being of both land and people. As this movement works to transform our methods of food production and distribution, it has become ever more important for us to understand what makes a food system fair and just.

The Accokeek Foundation Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship, in partnership with the Rural Coalition and National Immigrant Farming Initiative, presents a series of four events that will spotlight the issues that affect food justice on a local and global scale.

From the challenges to increasing food access in urban areas like Baltimore and Washington, DC, to the threat that genetically-modified foods can pose to our environment and our health, this Food Justice Series brings together farmers, policymakers, and advocates to cultivate insight and conversation about the pressing matters of food justice that each of them witnesses firsthand.

In our efforts to further community engagement, the Accokeek Foundation has partnered with Capital City Public Charter School, whose sixth-grade class has created several pieces of agriculture-inspired artwork as part of a lesson on the industrialization of food. The Foundation will exhibit this artwork at the Food Justice Series to make clear the relationship that all generations have with food and with farming and to inspire those in attendance to consider their connections to the agriculture in this region and the food on their plates.Each of these events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Langston Room of the flagship location of Busboys and Poets (14th and V St. NW). This progressive community gathering place reaches a diverse audience of artists, activists, thinkers, and dreamers. The events are free and open to all, but donations are welcome.


Thursday, March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day); 6 to 8 p.m.; Food Justice – A Global Issue

Thursday, May 12; 6 to 8 p.m.; Food Access

Thursday, September 22; 6 to 8 p.m.; Building Local, Just Food Systems

Thursday, November 17; 6 to 8 p.m.; Environment, Food, and Health

About the Partners:

The Accokeek Foundation Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship was created to teach, inspire, and encourage people about the principles and practices of sustainability in agriculture and everyday life. Building on its successful Beginning Farmer Training Program, the CAES offers workshops, field days, presentations, community forums, and guided tours covering topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to green living, environmental science, and local food. This event is part of the Foundation’s Robert Ware Straus Lecture Series. The Rural Coalition is a grassroots-oriented alliance of farmers, farm workers, and indigenous, migrant, and working people that seeks to build a more just and sustainable food system. The National Immigrant Farming Initiative is a collaborative effort of Heifer International and other partners that advocates for immigrant farmers. NIFI works to build awareness of the challenges that immigrant farmers face while increasing the visibility of their important contributions to our communities and agriculture.

2011 Museum Theatre Internship, Applications Now Being Accepted

Museum Theatre Internship – Summer 2011

The Accokeek Foundation in Maryland is now accepting applications for its 2011 Museum Theatre Internship Program. This unique program provides intensive training in Museum Theatre, a form of live performance used to educate and engage visitors at museums around the world. Interns will receive training in living history interpretation as they research, develop and present museum theatre performances at the National Colonial Farm, an outdoor museum (complete with historic buildings and heritage breed animals) on the Potomac River.

Interns will create and perform two museum theatre plays, including an adaptation of “Miss Goody Two Shoes” (to be performed at the National Children’s Museum’s Launch Zone) and a play focused on crime and punishment in Colonial Maryland (to be performed at the Foundation’s Colonial Day event on July 30, 2011).  The internship will run Fridays through Sundays, June 10 to July 31. Hours are generally 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We are looking for people who have performance experience, a passion for history and an interest in learning more about engaging audiences through museum theatre.  Interns will be paid a stipend.

To apply, email a letter of interest outlining qualifications and experience, a resume and a photo to Dr. Lisa Hayes via email to lhayes@accokeek.org.

Please note: We are located ten miles south of Washington, DC and are NOT accessible by public transportation. We are not able to provide housing.

The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Manager of Livestock and Pastures

The Accokeek Foundation is seeking a Manager for its Livestock and Pastures program. The Manager will serve as a faculty member of the Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship (CAES). The Manager of Livestock and Pastures is a hard-working, resourceful, detail-oriented individual who will manage all aspects of the Foundation’s Heritage Breeds of Livestock Program. The Manager will also be responsible for the management of the Foundation’s hay and pasture land, and will contribute to the development and presentation of the Foundation’s training programs.

The AF is a progressive work environment and invests in the professional development of its staff. Essential functions include:

Essential functions include:

  • Livestock Management: The management of our small populations of heritage and legacy breeds of livestock and poultry. Livestock includes Milking Devon Cattle; a team of Milking Shorthorn Oxen; Hog Island Sheep; Leicester Longwool Sheep; Ossabaw Island Hogs; Dominique, Buckeye, and assorted other chickens; and Spanish Black and assorted other turkeys; assorted other poultry and fowl. The routine care and management will meet or exceed the current standards for humane and sustainable care of livestock as specified by the US Humane Society, and in the USDA standards for organic livestock and poultry production, with the exception of the use of antibiotics for treatment of illness.
  • Pasture Management and Grazing: Development of appropriate rotational grazing and multi-species grazing, including plans and implementation, and sound and sustainable pasture management on approximately 50 acres of open land.
  • Marketing: The Manager will explore and help to develop various marketing opportunities for livestock and hay products as appropriate.
  • Public Outreach and Education: The CAES provides workshops, field days, pasture walks, and coordinated training opportunities to enhance the education of the visiting public as well as target audiences in our areas of expertise, including the training of the new and beginning farmer apprentices. The development of a livestock apprentice program is a major focus of future development of the CAES. The Livestock and Pastures Manager will work with the other CAES faculty to develop and coordinate educational and outreach activities.
  • Institutional Responsibilities and Accountability: The Livestock and Pastures Manager will work closely with other Accokeek Foundation agriculture and program staff, particularly with the CAES faculty, to ensure close coordination between the various Foundation operations. The Livestock and Pastures Manager will assist with and support other agricultural operations as needed.

Professional Experience and Qualifications: Four years farming experience with personal responsibilities for the management of livestock, and an associate degree or relevant educational experience. Machinery operation experience required. Computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel) highly recommended. The Manager must be able to perform the physical requirements of working in a sustainable agriculture operation.

The Manager must possess creative problem-solving skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion, as well as the ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure. While the Manager must demonstrate excellent independent decision making skills, he or she also must work well within the Foundation’s agriculture management team, understand the significance of organizational culture, and support organizational standards.

Reports to
Director of the Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship

Starting salary mid 30s. The Accokeek Foundation provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, a two-week paid vacation, paid holiday and sick leave, and a retirement plan.

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume to Patti Norment, Director of Operations, Accokeek Foundation.