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African-American Farming Heritage on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

$15 – $30

Join Future Harvest, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension, and the Quinton family, to learn about the farming and self-sufficiency culture of San Domingo Community.

San Domingo is a community of descendants of free African-Americans who purchased land on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the mid-1800s and formed a self-sufficient community. In the 1950’s, San Domingo community members grew their own food, harvested their own timber, ran their own grocery stores, baked, preserved, canned, fished, and made scrapple! San Domingo is also the home of a 2-story Rosenwald School. Rosenwald Schools were a collaboration of Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Institute, and Julius Rosenwald, a business owner. Together, Washington and Rosenwald ensured black communities across the south had access to excellent schools and a high quality education.


Today, only a few members of the San Domingo community continue to observe and practice the local farming knowledge and tradition of self-sufficiency. Newell Quinton and his family members and friends continue to make scrapple each fall, using their family’s century-old cast iron pots. Newell raises goats, pigs, chickens, and cows. He serves the African-American, Caribbean, and Latin American community with meat each year.

To learn more about San Domingo before the workshop, you can watch this short documentary film here.

To learn more about University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension programs & learning opportunities visit their website here.

Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch for yourself.

This workshop is part of Future Harvest’s Beginner Farmer Training Program, but is open to the public. It is not a hands-on workshop. We look forward to you joining us!


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June 25
11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
$15 – $30
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Contact Name
Niamh Shortt
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San Domingo School
11526 Old School Road
Mardela Springs, Maryland 21837
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