Some of the MDP crew went out with Andrea to visit the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center. This is a farm located on the Potomac that is used for environmental education. Students from urban communities come for either the day or an overnight stay to learn not just about farming and where their food comes from, but different ecosystems and environmental stewardship.
Wondering how this ties into marine debris? The students are taken out to the river to see the debris washed up on the shoreline and educated on where the trash comes from. The Alice Ferguson Foundation does numerous cleanup events and is working on the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative which, as the name implies, seeks to have the Potomac River trash free by 2013. They hope to achieve this by increasing recycling efforts, awareness, and education.
We hiked around the farm and were shown the different environmental education opportunities such as the kids being able to milk a cow and view the gardens. I grew up on a farm so it felt like home to me! Andrea even had an up close encounter with the donkey as it must have thought she’d taste good. 🙂 A great lunch was provided with the farm fresh produce and we discussed with the staff their various debris projects.
It was a great experience and I encourage others to visit and take students!