The Accokeek Foundation has managed 200 acres of Piscataway Park since 1957. (Jing-ning Hsu)
Piscataway Park: Reconnecting with nature for sustainability
Our relationships with the land and water are broken. As nature has become a resource that we extract and gain profit from, the global food system leaves billions of people underfed or overweight and contributes to one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Anjela Barnes, a Piscataway woman offers a different narrative of our relationship with nature. Her work with Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park is a demonstration of what it will look like. She wants to restore the disconnected relationship between the people and the land.
Indigenous peoples like the Piscataway are among the best stewards of our environment, however, across the globe they are losing historic lands to state development and factory farms. Their belief system and knowledge of agricultural practices are central to transitioning our current food system to a more sustainable one.