Spring Chickens

As spring arrives at the Accokeek Foundation, so too have fresh eggs, as our chickens have begun once again to lay.

These black and white Dominiques are recognized as America's first chicken breed.

Our two flocks are some of the stars of the barnyard, clucking and cooing and even controlling small pests. Indeed, our lustrous red Buckeyes—the only American breed created entirely by a woman—are vigilant in their pursuit of mice (and have even been compared to cats in this regard). Right next door lives a flock of Dominiques: black and white barred birds that are recognized as America’s first chicken breed.

The conservation of endangered livestock breeds—from our heritage chickens to our heritage hogs, sheep, and cattle—is just one small piece of the Foundation’s wider historical mission. But with fresh brown eggs in our kitchen and insects out of our barnyard, keeping chickens often seems more like fun than work.

Interested in raising poultry of your own? Sign up for our upcoming Backyard Poultry Workshop!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Accokeek Foundation Education Center

$40 Non-members, $35 members

This course will provide you with the information that is needed to raise your own poultry. Participants will receive a handbook and other take-home materials. Pre-registration required.

To learn more about keeping chickens in Prince George’s County, visit www.pghens.com or send an email to princegeorgeshens (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Calling All Farmers! Upcoming CSA Workshop

The Accokeek Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship is proud to present Successful CSAs: How to Start and Manage a Community Supported Agriculture Program. This workshop, to be held on Thursday, March 3, is perfect for farmers who want to start a CSA or refine their current operation.

A CSA share awaits pick-up at the Accokeek Foundation's Ecosystem Farm.

The Accokeek Foundation has for almost two decades operated a CSA, and we will share with participants the production and marketing knowledge that we have gathered over the years. The event 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—as well as a talk on food safety. The workshop costs $25 (registration required, scholarships available). Participants will receive a handbook and other take-home materials. A locally-sourced lunch will be provided.

Learn more after the jump! Visit our website to register.

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