The Accokeek Foundation Calendar of Events

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The Accokeek Foundation Calendar of Events

Accokeek, MD - 1/16/2012

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For more information or to register for any of the following calendar of events and classes hosted by the Accokeek Foundation, visit the website at www.accokeek.org/events, call 301-283-2113 or email accofound@accokeek.org. Events, classes, and workshops will be held at 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607, unless otherwise noted.
 
About the Accokeek Foundation: A 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, the Accokeek Foundation stewards a 200 acre portion of Piscataway Park, a national park located in Accokeek, Maryland on the shore of the Potomac River. Our 200 acres serve as an outdoor classroom for our educational programs, research, agricultural and conservation projects. Admission to the park is free and open to the public year 'round.


Green Thumbs
Thursday, March 1, 2012
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free

The Green Thumbs is a volunteer group that invites gardeners of all ages and skill level to lend a hand in the Accokeek Foundation’s Museum Garden and, on occasion, the National Colonial Farm. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of heirloom vegetables and the practices behind organic gardening, from planting and harvesting produce to better managing weeds and pests. We will work together in the garden space, sharing ideas, knowledge, skills, and stories. We will meet on the first and third Thursdays and third Saturdays of each month throughout the growing season.Water and light snacks will be provided.
Questions? For more information, email Catherine Krikstan or call 301-283-2113 ext 26.
 
Rainbarrel Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 2012
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Education Center

Free (purchase of a rainbarrel is $90)

Collecting and reusing rainwater can benefit the environment and your bank account, lessening the impact of runoff on our waterways and lowering your water bill. Join Jennifer Willoughby of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB ) to learn more about rain barrel installation, maintenance, and integration into your landscape. During an optional second hour, Jennifer will discuss two popular ways for watershed-wise homeowners to “green” their backyards: pollinator gardens and “xeriscapes,” or landscapes that reduce the need for supplemental watering.
Pre-registration is required.
 
Running a Successful CSA
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Education Center

$20 members; $30 non-members

 
As the new food movement gains momentum, Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular and successful sales model for fresh and local food. The arrangement allows consumers to purchase their produce directly from the source and can give farmers a solid sales base before planting season even begins. For those farmers interested in starting a CSA or refining their current program, the Accokeek Foundation is proud to present a Community Supported Agriculture workshop. The workshop will feature a panel of experienced farmers who will discuss the “how to” details of operating a CSA—from finding a customer base and setting up a planting schedule to packaging produce and communicating with shareholders. Participants will receive a handbook and other take-home materials.
Pre-registration is required.
 
Introduction to Permaculture
Saturday, March 10 and Sunday March 11, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Education Center

$180 members; $200 non-members
 
Permaculture is about whole systems, not about separate components. Paying attention to all details — from topography, climate, and water to the waste stream, plant,s and animals — enables us to make best use of what is already on the ground and what we intend to put there. With a dynamic interaction of elements in process and an assessment of both spatial and temporal attributes, organized around sound ecological principles, we can maximize yields and balance the landscape.
This workshop will explore the practice of Permaculture as it pertains to sustainable land use design based on ecological and biological principles, and often using patterns that occur in nature to maximize effect while minimizing wasted energy. Pre-registration is required.
 
Monthly Foodways: Toss 'em Boys!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Colonial Farm

Free

Join us for a kitchen table conversation as we introduce you to the epicurean delights of colonial Marylanders. Learn how our tastes and the food itself have changed over 300 years as we explore the “receipts” (recipes) and meal preparation. This month’s theme is “Toss ‘em Boys!”  featuring: Maryland Fried Chicken, To Make Gravy for any Sort of Fowl, and Chicken with Oysters.
 
Accepting Federal Nutritional Benefits
Thursday, March 22, 2012
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.in Education Center

Free

To help farmers understand the recent changes and addition of new federal nutrition programs that can be accepted at farmers’ markets, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is partnering with the Accokeek Foundation to offer a free training for both the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP – WIC and Seniors) and the Fruit and Vegetable Check (FVC) Program. This training is mandatory for farmers who want to accept checks from participants at authorized farmers’ markets.
Training participants will learn about the different federal nutrition benefit programs, be provided with the policies and procedures for both the FMNP and the FVC program, and upon completion of the training will receive new signs to display at their market stands.
Pre-registration is required.
 
Stitch 'n Time
Saturday, March 24, 2012
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Education Center

Free

Stitch ‘n Time is a volunteer-based textiles club where members enjoy learning about the cultivation of fleece, dyeing of wool, and colonial textiles. Club members join Foundation staff and other textile artists to use wool from the farm’s heritage breed sheep to card, spin, and knit. The club meets on the 4th Saturday of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm, and is open to novice and expert spinners and knitters, as well as those handy with a sewing needle or sewing machine to make costumes for our interpreters.



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