After owning a yoga studio in the DMV area and on the Eastern Shore for the better part of a decade, Holli decided to return to her farming roots and seek out farming as an occupation. Her particular passion lies with soil building and mushroom cultivation. Her long range goals involve collaborating with existing area farms to demonstrate how adding mushrooms to the permaculture model enhances food production on many levels and can also be used in environmental remediation. Holli has worked on both large and small farms all over the globe.
As a part-time interpreter, Katherine Maringo is excited to be a part of the Accokeek Foundation family, and looks forward to forging new friendships and making new memories at the farm. “I enjoy learning about new things that nobody else knows,” states Katherine of her new role. “If it involves history, I love it even more!” That interest in American history primarily spans the period of time from the British colonial foundation, all the way to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. You will find Katherine in costume at the National Colonial Farm during special events, weekends, and an occasional weekday, too. When not helping to teach visitors to the farm about the day-to-day life in Colonial Maryland, Katherine enjoys gardening and taking care of her 16 chickens.
Linda Brown joined the Accokeek Foundation’s education staff the Spring of 2013. Linda’s work experience ranges from customer service and retail to education and childcare. Her most rewarding job experience was as a first-grade teacher with the Potomac Heights Christain Academy. She now enjoys working as a Museum Educator, leading K-12 school tours of the National Colonial Farm, where she can mix two loves of her life into one–working with children and the quiet life of a farm. A Maryland native, Linda has lived most of her life in Indian Head, Maryland where she still lives with her husband of 37 years. She has two adult sons, and is a new, first-time grandmother of a beautiful baby girl, Abigail Grace. When she isn’t busy working, devoting her time to her church, or home with her family, Linda enjoys taking long walks, hikes, and playing with her dog “Bo-Bo.”
Born in the Bronx, New York, yet raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Joseph Mickens joins the Accokeek Foundation with a passion for learning, meeting new people, and the history and culture of Southern Maryland as he steps back into the 1770s in his role as Site Interpreter. Before coming to Accokeek Foundation, Joseph worked as a Contractor for Lathan Construction at the Smithsonian. When not working on the National Colonial Farm, he enjoys time in the 21st century with his wife and five children.
Daniel Michaelson joined the Accokeek Foundation in February 2013 as the newest member of the agricultural and stewardship team. Daniel has a B.S. in Environmental and Engineering Science from University of Virginia and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland. He spent one year between his academic pursuits as a compost researcher at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. He has always gardened and farmed, and he has happily fused the worlds of academia and agriculture. He aims to continue this fusion with his work at the Colonial and Ecosystem Farms. Among his agricultural skills, Daniel is proficient in beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, animal husbandry, and perennial fruit and nut production. Other roles Daniel fulfills in his life include musician, primitive skills practitioner, all-around truth seeker, and champion dumpster diver.
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Mariah Fry began her journey with the Accokeek Foundation during the summer of 2011 as a Museum Theater intern. When she is not in costume as a site interpreter for the National Colonial Farm, Mariah teaches middle school writing in Fairfax, Virginia and will act as an interpreter for the soon to be opened National Children’s Museum. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and son.
Brandon joined the Accokeek Foundation in fall of 2012. He is currently the Site Manager for the Foundation, managing contractor oversight, permitting and compliance with National Park Service and other authoritative entities. He is responsible for managing various on-site projects, such as dock construction, fishing pier retrofit, trail rehabilitation, road maintenance, septic system, water pump station, arboretum renovation, visitor pathways and enhancement. Brandon brings not only management experience to the Foundation, but GIS experience to the table; not to mention his unbridle love for parks and passion for history. He completed his studies at Frostburg State University in Global Spatial Analysis.
A native of Annapolis, Casey joins Accokeek through AmeriCorps as the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator. She works to recruit and train volunteers, and give those volunteers the most educational and rewarding service experience they’ve ever had. Casey got her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and hopes to return to school for her Master’s soon. As a new resident of Washington D.C., she loves to spend her free time exploring the historical sites, parks, and hidden gems that D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have to offer.
Meg’s first introduction to the wonders and joys of an educational park setting came through her father, who served as Chief Ranger in Delaware State Park in Delaware, Ohio. Following on the heels of a youth spent hiking the trails at Mesa Verde, wandering through unmapped historic ruins and exploring local nature centers, Meg went on to earn a BA in history and an MAIS in folklore at George Mason University. She has developed and run programs on American Indian history and culture, written about occupational folklore and storyteller repertoire, and explores historic costuming in her off time. She is currently serving as the Administrative Coordinator for the Accokeek Foundation. When she isn’t managing the contact database or seeing to general administrative duties, she can be found taking her lunch break outside, with the turkeys.
Joining the agriculture and stewardship team this summer as an intern for the livestock program is Kevin Breen. The internship, in its first year, is modeled after the apprenticeship program offered through the Foundation’s Ecosystem Farm. Kevin has always had a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and enjoys working with livestock and being outside. A Gaithersburg, Maryland native, he’s seen the landscape change from rural to suburban over the years. He’s shown cattle while attending a farm college and has experience working on several farms. He is looking forward to continue to learn more about the inner workings of a farm, especially farm management. His ultimate goal is to one day run his own farm and produce healthy food. Until then, he will be working here at the Accokeek Foundation, along side Polly Festa, to learn about heritage breeds and livestock management. So, the next time you visit the barnyard and see a young fella in a cowboy hat, stop and “howdy,” and give Kevin a warm welcome!