Alison Hancock Bode is a lifelong resident of Southern Maryland who is proud of the tobacco culture that is her heritage. She has a Bachelors degree in American Studies from UMBC and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland. Alison lives on a small farm where she raises children, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and a llama. Her responsibilities as an educator include school tours, historic interpretation, educational programs, and organizing and maintaining the Foundation’s library.
Matt entered the living history field as an actor. After spending several years in the 17th century world of historic St. Mary’s City, he joined our staff and shifted his focus to the 18th century. Matt’s extensive research on the 18th century tobacco culture of Southern Maryland continues to shape our educational and interpretive programs. Matt oversees agricultural activities on the colonial farm site and co-directs the Foundation’s innovative Museum Theater program.
Email Matt at email@example.com.
Barnyard Blog by Polly Festa
It’s a boy. That’s right, Lynn of the National Colonial Farm and Meadow Brook Gabe are proud to announce the birth of their son “Loin,” who was born on Saturday, November 5th. When I turned the cows out for the day Lynn looked no closer to calving then she had for the past week. So you can imagine my surprise as I headed out to fix fence in the same field as the cows, to see a newborn calf. The bouncing baby bull weighed a mere 75 pounds and stood a proud 24 inches. Or a least he did when I left the Accokeek Foundation on Wednesday to head out to the 29th annual American Livestock Breed Conservancy Conference, in Wichita Kansas (I will speak of those adventures in a later post). Loin is a very active and healthy calf. He loves to play chase with Mary Gertrude, Lorelei, Patty, and JuJubee. Momma Lynn is not so fond of the game. She often chases along after him as if to say its time to stop. I swear I can hear her say, “That’s enough of this nonsense! Come Back Here Right NOW!!!” And he usually will in 5-10 minutes, but I think he likes to tweak her tail. When he is not running his momma ragged he is usually eating or sleeping — typical newborn behavior. Come down to the farm and see him soon, you know how fast these youngsters grow up!
The Accokeek Foundation is seeking a manager of its Ecosystem Farm. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation stewards a 200-acre portion of Piscataway Park to preserve the view from Mount Vernon across the Potomac River. The Accokeek Foundation blends history, ecology, economics, and conservation to teach land stewardship and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as to interpret the natural and cultural heritage of the Tidewater Potomac. The National Colonial Farm and the Ecosystem Farm demonstrate the agricultural, preservation, and conservation goals at the core of the Foundation’s mission.
Established in 1992, the Robert Ware Straus Ecosystem Farm is a project of the Accokeek Foundation’s Jean Wallace Douglas Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship (CAES).
A diversified organic vegetable farm, the Ecosystem Farm’s produce is marketed through a community supported agriculture program and may also be sold at farmer’s markets and wholesale. The demonstration farm, located inside a national park, is open daily to the public. The farm hosts school groups and other tours for scholars, agriculture professionals, dignitaries, and funders, among others. The farm is also an outdoor classroom for the beginning farmer apprentice training program, which focuses on full season training for those with more than a year of farming experience.
The CAES was created to teach and inspire people to use principles and practices of sustainability in agriculture and everyday life. Building on our Beginning Farmer Apprentice 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. The Farm Manager is an integral part of the Accokeek Foundation’s agricultural education program.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of four years of experience in sustainable farming, at least two years of proven farm management experience, machine operation experience, and an associate degree or relevant experience. The position requires good interpersonal and communication skills, flexibility, and an appreciation for the importance of engaging the public in “celebrating the culture of agriculture.” Computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel) required. Education experience, especially with adult learners, is desired.
Reports to: Vice President/COO of the Accokeek Foundation
Supervisory Responsibility: 1-4 apprentices, plus seasonal farm help and volunteers
Benefits: Starting salary is approximately $35,000 per year. The Accokeek Foundation provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, paid vacation, paid holiday and sick leave, and a retirement plan.
To apply please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In her role at the National Colonial Farm, Colleen seeks to reconnect people with the history of the lands where they live. A native of Baltimore, she earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Studies (2009) and Master of Arts in Historical Studies (2011) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Colleen is active in local history, serving on the Foundation for Maryland Conservation History through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and by working at other local museums as well. A very recent transplant to the area, she is eager to explore her new home through biking and hiking the local trails.
As a feature of our blog, our livestock manager, Polly Festa will be providing updates from the barnyard once a month. This month, she talks about taking some of the animals to the big city.
by Polly Festa, Livestock Manager
The week of October 3 through 7 was the D.C. Farm to School Week, which kicked off the first National Farm to School Month. During this week, I took some of our heritage livestock to two schools in the DC area to teach kids about farm animals.
On Monday, October 3, I went to Garfield Elementary with two of our Buckeye hens. I had planned to take the calves but the weather was too unpredictable. Once we arrived, I visited eight classes ranging from preschool to second grade. The students had many questions about the hens and farming. I really enjoyed the contrast between the grades. Most of the kids had never been that close to a chicken before so, needless to say they were all very curious. The kids asked many questions about the animals and farming in general. They were so excited to pet the hens and learn all about their purpose on the farm. The hens acted like they were about to lay all day but they never did produce that egg.
The second school we visited was Watkins Elementary. At this school, our friends Lorelei and Jujubee took the show. I spoke with five classes of second graders with my helpers, Accokeek Foundation farmer, Jose and my mother, Mary Lynn. We set up on the sidewalk in front of the school so the kids could come to us. Boy, were we a spectacle to those driving by! Some cars circled the block two or three times just to be sure of what they were seeing – Cows on Capitol Hill! All the kids had good questions; each class had different things they were interested in from chickens to horses and everything in between. But the highlight of the day was when the classes formed two lines in order to pet the calves. Some kids got in line more than once to pet the calves while others were so excited they hugged Lorelei and Jujubee. It was great to see kids get so excited about seeing farm animals.
I am glad that there are programs like this to help the students that are so removed from agriculture learn more about it. Every school should get the chance to learn about farms and how they work. I hope that there will continue to be programs like this, not just in the DC area but all over the country.
by Lorelei and Jujubee
Hi, my name is Lorelei. I am 9 months old. In human years that’s like being 9 years old. I was the Best of Show Dairy Female at the Charles County Fair.
Hey, Blog Hog, What about me! I am Jujubee, and I am 10 months old. I was the first place Fall Calf at the Charles County Fair. My sister, Lorelei, and I won the best two head any age class too.
Ladies, it is not nice to call each other names. – Sally
At the Fair we saw many interesting things. Like all the exhibit buildings. My favorite building was the 4-H building, because Polly told me that the Human Calves made or grew everything in the Building.
My Favorite building was the animal Barns, because of all the cute boys. My least favorite was “Lenny’s Ethnic Sausage.” They had every type of sausage going, Polly told me not to worry about it, but it made me sad. So Polly bought us ice cream at Antietam Ice Cream. It was good, even if it was made with Jersey, not Devon, milk.
Poor Baby, I’m glad Polly was there to comfort you. – Sally
I liked when the Chick-Fil-A Cow came over for a visit. I was getting clipped (my hair done) and my horns polished for the show when she came up. Polly offered to clip her, too, and polish her horns. I think Polly did a beautiful job getting us ready for the show.
Yeah, me too! I thought the wood carvers were cool. They are building a merry-go-round. They even let the little human calves help. I think Polly liked the tractor exhibits best.
The Fair was fun. I hope Polly takes us next year.
Yeah, I had fun too. I heard Polly saying that she was taking us next year. Below are some photos that Polly took for us to add to our album. More photos can be seen by clicking here.
The Accokeek Foundation, a progressive, nonprofit educational organization involved in land and historical preservation and sustainable agriculture, is seeking a Registration Coordinator to assist with education programs for diverse audiences. Each year, the Foundation presents about 100 events ranging from large public celebrations and performances to small educational workshops.
The ideal candidate is not only a helpful sales person, but also an ambassador for the organization. As the front-line staff member for registration, this position will interact with a wide range of individuals and represent the main point of contact between the public and other Accokeek Foundation staff members. This is a mission-critical position. Responsibilities include:
- Screen all incoming calls, mail, and general email.
- Thoughtfully and knowledgeably answer inquiries regarding the organization and specific events.
- Provide excellent customer service during all registration and donation interactions.
- Enter and update contact information, registrations, and payments in a timely and accurate manner.
- Handle contact and financial information with the utmost care and confidentiality.
- Monitor and coordinate all event registration via our database, as well as phone, online, and mail registrations.
- Send confirmations and invoices.
- Reconcile all transactions and provide follow up after each event, including management of survey data.
- Work with Foundation staff to resolve any concerns, complaints, and disputes in a timely and discrete manner.
- Manage calendars, perform general administrative duties, and provide other assistance as needed.
Skills Needed: Excellent verbal and written communication skills and comfort on the phone. Strong interpersonal skills (ability to interact professionally with the general public, with staff members and volunteers as well as Board of Trustees and major donors is critical to the position). Attention to detail and demonstrated punctuality. Experience handling money and demonstrated absolute integrity and honesty in handling credit card information, personal checks, and cash. Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy work environment. Attention to detail. Proficiency in using technology, including cloud computing applications, as well as Microsoft Office Suite programs. Proficiency in spoken Spanish is highly desirable.
Personal Attributes: Ability to work independently and as a team member. Self directed, yet willing to learn and take direction when needed. Ability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment with a diverse range of coworkers and volunteers. Outgoing, friendly, organized, detail-oriented, patient, and creative.
The position is 40 hours per week, 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required. Starting salary range is $19,000-21,000 per year. The Accokeek Foundation provides a generous employee benefit package including health insurance, paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave, and a retirement plan. Great staff team and excellent work environment in park setting. Opportunities for advancement for the right individual.
The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position is open until filled. For best consideration, apply by September 2, 2011. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, forward cover letter and resume via email to email@example.com. Please use subject line “Registration Coordinator, RC2011-1.”
Become a Member of the Accokeek Foundation Today
(and get great stuff!)
Sign up for a one-year family membership ($45) by September 30th and receive:
- Accokeek Foundation jute bag OR stainless steel water bottle,
- copy of The Possible Dream: Saving George Washington’s View,
- free admission for two to the upcoming “Twilight Tales” event at the National Colonial Farm!