by “Inky” With her photograph in a book and her bristles in what seems like everyone’s business, Sally thinks she’s such a star. But that Ossabaw Hog isn’t the only animal at the Accokeek Foundation. There are Dominique Chickens, Milking Red Devon Cattle, and—more importantly—Hog Island Sheep like me! Our entire flock of 20 sheep…Details
One of our favorite things to do at the farm is to take photos — lots and lots of photos! From the barnyard and the colonial site to the river and the gardens and fields, the farm offers a lot of subjects for photography (or any art medium for that matter).
We often have such a good time thinking about fun and sometimes funny captions for many of the photographs that we thought, why should we have all the fun?
So, we ask you (our faithful followers) to join in on a Caption Contest. Starting NOW, we’ll post a recently shot photo or “Pic” every other week for you to enjoy. Fans can submit their best caption ideas to the Accokeek Foundation “panel”, which will review entries and select a winner. The winning caption will be posted in the following week’s eNewsletter.
Here is last week’s Pic with an example caption… (just to help you to get your creative juices flowing).
–(your name could go here)
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. 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,…Details
Accokeek, MD – Dr. Lisa Hayes will succeed Dr. Wilton Corkern as President and CEO of the Accokeek Foundation when Corkern retires on September 30, 2011. Hayes, who has served as the Foundation’s Director of Education and Public Programs since 2007, was “the unanimous selection of the Board of Trustees,” announced Board Chair Patricia Williams.…Details
Calling all Apprentices! Come be part of an Accokeek Foundation tradition! For this year’s Children’s Day event we are celebrating “How Things Were Made: Colonial Apprentice.” Each year, hundreds of visitors flock to the farm for this popular, annual event. This year, Children’s Day will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the National…Details
Last week, the Accokeek Foundation held the first event in its four-part Food Justice Series. In celebration of César Chávez Day, the event explored the struggles that are faced by farmworkers around the world and the significant role that small family farmers play in the fight for sustainability and social justice.
Put on in partnership with the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural and the National Immigrant Farming Initiative, this 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. Speakers at our first event, Food Justice: A Global Issue, included Kathy Ozer, Executive Director of the National Family Farm Coalition; Angela Adrar, Field and Outreach Coordinator at the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural; and Tirso Moreno, Founder and Executive Director of the Farmworker Association of Florida.
The crowd that came together at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., cheered to chants of “Sí, se puede! (Yes, we can!)” and clapped the “farmworker clap” alongside special guests Oscar Gonzales, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Julie Chávez Rodriguez, long-time human rights activist and granddaughter of César Chávez. Rodriguez encouraged the audience to come together in the fight for food justice. “When we’re working together, we’re louder,” she said. “We’re more powerful.”
For photos, video, and music by Rudy Arredondo, president of the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, take a look at the clips after the jump.Details
A bright blue egg in Box Number Eleven: a sure sign of spring at the Accokeek Foundation. Discovered this month in one of the 20 bluebird boxes that line the one-and-a-half mile Ken Otis Bluebird Trail, this little egg signals the start of bluebird season. Bluebirds are present here from February through November, with some…Details
by Lisa Hayes, Director of Public Programs and Education From the pool of top-notch applicants received for the first Accokeek Foundation Fellowship in Public History Practice, we selected Terence Johnson. Terence has a bachelor’s degree in American History, master’s degrees in Religious Studies and in Library and Information Science, and has completed all but the…Details
by Matt Mattingly, Manager of the National Colonial Farm and Historic Interpretation You know what I miss the most about Southern California? It’s not the weather–75 and sunny all year round is great for the first week, but after that… not so much. It isn’t the beaches, or the sunsets, or the laid back lifestyle.…Details
by Wilton C. Corkern, President The Accokeek Creek wetland is a great place to see (and hear) Belted Kingfishers. Perched on a bare branch above the water, a Kingfisher looks a bit like a bigger, stockier Blue Jay. Its back is solid blue-gray; its head large and double-crested; its neck ringed with a broad white…Details