16: Polly Festa’s ancestors farmed with the original heritage breeds


Show Host: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

Guest: Polly Festa, Livestock Manager at the Accokeek Foundation

Mama Lynn

Mama Lynn

Today’s conversation is with Polly Festa, Livestock manager at the Accokeek Foundation. This foundation was formed more than 50 years ago and is the steward of 200 acres on the shore of the Potomac River in MD. Now there are many facets to the foundation, but today episode is focusing on their Heritage Livestock.

The foundation was formed more than 50 years ago and is the stewarded of 200 acres on the shore of the Potomac River. One of their goals of their farm is to demonstrate a compelling variety of possibilities that inspire people to want to grow while creating a thriving engaged community.

Founded to protect the view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon across the Potomac River,

The National Colonial Farm was established in 1958, demonstrates Maryland agriculture during the 18th century, and has been the backdrop for hundreds of school tours each year. The Ecosystem Farm, a certified organic 8-acre farm, teaches about sustainable food production using innovative growing techniques.


polly-festaBefore joining the Accokeek Foundation, Polly Festa had been actively managing livestock for over 15 years. Having been born and raised on Hi Diddle farm near Cooperstown, New York, Polly had many opportunities to show in 4-H at county, state, and regional levels. Her livestock experience also includes breeding various types of cows and goats including Belted Galloways, Scottish Highlands, Jerseys, commercial beef, and meat goats. When she is not working hard for the Accokeek Foundation, she is home with her Brittany Spaniel, aptly named Brittany.




3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, Maryland

(301) 283-2113 X 11

Mama Lynn’s Blog post – http://accokeekfoundation.org/what-to-expect-when-youre-expecting-a-cow/