Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Chincoteague Bay Field Station is an environmental education center and field station located in Wallops Island, Virginia. CBFS provides hands on, feet wet opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds including K-12 field trips, youth camps, college summer courses, and more. Their commitment to the community includes the SPARK program which offers free opportunities for families with children in elementary, middle, and high school to learn through nature in a collaborative and innovative way. CBFS serves to educate the next generation of environmental stewards and celebrate the rich coastal ecosystems of the mid-Atlantic region.
Black Narrows Brewing, located on Chincoteague Island, is the first craft brewery to come to Virginia's Eastern Shore. Dedicated to supporting local farmers, artisans and watermen, they're sourcing ingredients from the land and waters around them. A family owned and operated company, they pride themselves on being a family friendly gathering place for people from all walks of life. Through their One Local | One Global project, they've committed to giving 10% of their gross beer sales at the end of each year to 13 causes. They believe that everyone can make a difference and change the world, one beer at a time.
Perennial Roots is a biodynamic farm in Accomac, Virginia committed not only to sustainable methods, but to regenerative practices that increase fertility every season. Stewart and Natalie use intensive multi-species rotational grazing, cover crops to enliven the soil and compost as much as they can. They grow exclusively non-GMO open pollinated heirloom plants and raise heritage breed pigs, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and turkeys. Most of the vegetables and animals they raise are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste for their unique history and superior flavor. They're dedicated to healing the land and sharing those methods to their many followers around the globe.
You'll find ESCR Coffee down in Northampton County, a wonderful community of small business owners, farmers, artisans and watermen. Folks thought their dream of starting a specialty coffee company was crazy. Jamie had been living in Utah and had recently moved back home to the Shore. Kristin, a Mississippi girl, had moved to the Shore a year earlier via Alaska. Soon after, they began pursuing the roasting business full time and quickly grasped the importance of conveying their local message through their specialty products and sustainable practices. They've worked with and supported countless small businesses and given back to their community for over 11 years.
Jessica graduated from the Hartford Art School in 2015 with a BFA degree in Illustration. Soon after, the native New Englander migrated down to Virginia's Eastern Shore. She is New Ravenna's Photography and Marketing Specialist. Jessica can often be found hunched over her favorite sketchbook. She paints and draws for her own entertainment and also as a freelance illustrator. Gaining inspiration from the natural world, she creates her own whimsical interpretations as a means of translation. Jessica's work is always sincere, yet never too serious.