Visit & Learn

Visit & Learn

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA, a bicultural museum, offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag people and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. Their exhibits, programs, live interpreters and historic settings encourage a new level of understanding about present-day issues affecting communities around the world. Plimoth has also been instrumental in working with SVF toward preserving a variety of endangered breeds of livestock, including San Clemente goats, Arapawa goats and Kerry cattle.

Mount Vernon – The home of George Washington, Fairfax County, VA – The estate, gardens and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Today, roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Visitors can see 20 structures and 50 acres of gardens as they existed in 1799. The estate also includes a museum, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, Washington’s greenhouse, an outdoor exhibit devoted to American agriculture as practiced by Washington, and a collection that features numerous decorative and domestic artifacts. As a living history museum, Mount Vernon raises several rare breeds of livestock, including Leicester Longwool sheep, Hog Island sheep and American Milking Devon cattle.

Hunters Head Tavern, Upperville, VA – The Hunters Head Tavern is an authentic English pub that serves pub fare, fine-dining cuisine and mouthwatering homemade desserts. You can experience organic local farm meats, nearly all of which are heritage, and produce harvested from neighboring Ayrshire Farm. Ayershire raises only Certified Humane Raised and Handled® animals. From burgers to roasted chickens to veal and pork chops, Hunter’s Head Tavern provides a unique opportunity for customers to have confidence that their meals come from a farm dedicated to maintaining the health and well-being of its animals.

Home Farm Store, Upperville, VA – Home Farm Store, a traditional butcher shop, sells a variety of comestibles, including heritage breed meats and heirloom produce, many of which are from Ayrshire Farm and other local Virginia farms. Custom-cut and -packed products are offered as well as a full line of groceries, including dairy items, wine, prepared foods and gift baskets. In addition to the retail shop, Home Farm Store goods can be purchased online and are available for convenient home delivery.

Santa Fe Farmers Market – The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is New Mexico’s oldest and largest farmers market, serving 150 agricultural producers from 15 counties in northern New Mexico and over 200,000 customers annually. Open year-round on Saturdays and hosting up to four markets during the summer, the Santa Fe Farmers Market offers a large variety of northern New Mexico produce, fruit, baked and dried goods, lamb, beef, chicken, pork, buffalo, and value-added products like jams, salsas, soaps, honey and much more. In 2008, its nonprofit arm, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute, completed a LEED-Gold Certified building that houses the Market in Santa Fe’s historic Railyard District. The Institute also provides programs to support northern New Mexico agricultural producers and educate the public about the cultural, nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally produced food and agricultural products.

Reading Terminal, Philadelphia, PA – Mouth-watering aromas. Amish specialties. Fresh meats, seafood, and poultry. Produce fresh from the field. Michael Pollan writes that the Reading Terminal is one of the most successful, year-round farmers’ market in the US. In addition to all the Terminal has to offer, be sure to visit the Fair Food Farmstand. Fair Food and SVF are working in partnership to raise consumer awareness about heritage breed animals and the genetic diversity these breeds bring to our agriculture, and clearly identifies heritage breed products available at the Farmstand.

Accokeek Foundation – Established in 1957, the Accokeek Foundation is responsible for stewarding a 200-acre parcel of land in Piscataway Park in Accokeek,Maryland.  The mission of Accokeek, according to its charter, is to “preserve, protect and foster, for scientific, educational or charitable use and study for the benefit of the people of the nation, the historical sites and relics, trees, plants, and wildlife rapidly disappearing from an area of great natural beauty along the Maryland shore of the historic Potomac River.”  Its living-history museum recreates a 1775 tobacco farm worked by subsistence farmers.  The foundation provides educational experiences for school groups, maintains a living-history museum with several heritage breeds of livestock and provides a CSA (Community Supported  Agriculture) location for local consumers.