Show Your Love for the Farm this Valentine’s Day

Be our valentine and show your love for the Accokeek Foundation’s 2013 lambs! With lambing (and calving) season quickly approaching, small gestures of love and kindness are needed in the form of in-kind donations of blankets, towels, sheets as well as bottle feeding supplies to help welcome these little loves into the world! Don’t hesitate! These supplies are…

Promises of New Life at the Farm

lamb newborn 100x100 pxFebruary 1st is the point mid-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, marking the time when we begin to see the emerging signs of spring’s arrival. The lengthening days are becoming more obvious, some days seem bright and warm, and then the very next day the cold of winter returns as if it wants to hang about just a bit longer. But the anticipation of the new season and new beginnings is more than evident around the farm. This is an important time of preparation, and waiting, and more preparation–it’s the beginning of a new cycle of life, a new season!

Continue reading more about what the new season holds in store for us here at the farm, as Livestock Manager, Polly Festa prepares for her new arrivals…

Foto Friday: Fall Into Outdoor Education at the National Colonial Farm

Each fall, thousands of youth visit the National Colonial Farm to learn about “Colonial Farm Life,” a tour that interweaves history with agriculture and stewardship. With programs like this, the Accokeek Foundation offers an outdoor learning experience that connects students with their environment every day. Learn how you can show your support for both education…

Foto Friday: The Etymology Behind the Naming of the Jerusalem Artichoke

During recent work days in the Museum Garden, I’ve been asked by volunteers, visitors passing by, and even an occasional staff member or two, “What are those tall yellow flowers growing in the corner?“. While I knew the answer to the question–Jerusalem artichoke–I didn’t know much about the story behind these lovely beauties. I knew…