Friday, February 20, 2009

In the Field and Into the Lowcountry - Day 3 & 4

Day 3 & 4

Day 3
On a bright and sunny morning we found ourselves at the steps of the historic Honey Horn Plantation which has recently become the new site of the Coastal Discovery Museum. Because the Marsh Tacky horse was historically kept at the plantation and by the local islanders, known as Gullahs, the museum has been interested in supporting ALBC efforts to conserve the breed.

ALBC was invited to provide input for an event involving the horses as part of a month long cultural festival in February of 2009. The museum and festival organizers decided to bring back the Gullah tradition of beach races with Marsh Tackies as part of the festivities. After much discussion between city organizers, museum management, festival coordinators, and horse owners at the meeting, it was decided that the race would be possible and will be held on the historic Mitchelsville Beach on February 22. There is much excitement about the races and the event is expected to be a huge public draw for festival attendees.

Following the meeting on Hilton Head, Liz and Jeannette left the island and made their way four hours inland to Anderson, SC, in order to attend the start of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference (CFSA). During the opening banquet that evening, ALBC was astonished to be awarded the Non-Profit of the year award by CFSA. It was a nice surprise and an unexpected honor for the organization and we were pleased to have been able to accept the award on behalf of the office.

Day 4
The day began with an early morning speaking engagement at the CFSA conference. Jeannette presented a three hour lecture and workshop on rare breed genetics and conservation during the event. The talk was well received and helped to motivate attendees to incorporate more rare breeds on their farms.

Following the conference it was time to go home to North Carolina. We headed back and made it home to Pittsboro before nightfall. It seemed only appropriate (and very much appreciated) that Jeannette’s husband Fred had prepared a Buckeye chicken for dinner to welcome us back.

Although hectic, the trip was very productive and well worth the effort. There are a lot of exciting projects in process in South Carolina and ALBC’s partners in the state can be proud of their continued efforts with rare breeds in the region.
More pictures from Day 3 & 4:

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