The Leopolds often ended their days gathered around a fire at the Shack perfecting Dutch oven recipes and sharing stories of the day. At the end of 2020, we invited you to join us in celebrating the Leopolds and their values by participating in the #LeopoldCornbreadChallenge. We hoped this would inspire you to return to “the essentials”: connecting with loved ones, especially during the holiday season.
Your enthusiasm and heart in taking up this challenge amazed us, and the figurative Shack fireplace glowed as you made “Mother’s cornbread” all across the nation – from the East Coast (New York, Pennsylvania) to the West Coast (California, Idaho, New Mexico), to the Leopolds’ beloved Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin). Your cornbread, and the stories you shared along with your photos, illuminated how active the Leopold legacy is in your homes; you demonstrated how we can make connections across the miles, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Thank you for making Mother’s cornbread this winter!
And now, for your viewing pleasure, please enjoy this selection of “Mother’s Cornbread” made by Leopold supporters near and far.
Elijah and Oona enjoyed Mother’s cornbread from their “Shack” bunkbed!
Buddy & Marcy Huffaker enjoy Mother’s cornbread at the Shack.
Eric and Acorn enjoyed their cornbread with brussel sprouts and gnocchi.
Eric Scott’s cornbread, made with Acorn!
Ralph Lamson & PJ the Cockatoo enjoy cornbread with honey
Marty Frentzel’s New Mexico take on Mother’s cornbread – adding green chile!
Long time supporter Lyle Updike ground his own corn for the cornbread!
Lyle’s son, Jeremy, seen here grinding the corn.
Amazing presentation from Joey Guernsey in New York!
Rebecca Burton & members of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Buckthorn Busters enjoy cornbread on a break.
Love this creativity from BJ Schwendler!
Dave Stillings’ first attempt at cornbread!
Jen Simoni & her family made cornbread together during the holidays – so heartwarming!
Katy Gottwald’s cornbread – made with her 5-year-old daughter!
Joann Ringelstetter’s gluten-free cornbread with chili!
Dean Kleinhans enjoyed cornbread fireside with friends.
Laura Roenitz’s cornbread, professionally displayed!
Debra Yeager proudly displaying her cornbread!
Hilarie Rath made enough of Mother’s cornbread for the whole block!
Margaret Weinstein’s cornbread from Pennsylvania, using locally grown cornmeal.
Lou Anne with her cornbread!
Joanne Melemma said her cornbread hit the spot after dinner.
Jeannine Lee & Jennifer Farnum enjoy cornbread together over the holidays.
Virginia Wiggen brought a whole new meaning to “Mother’s cornbread” by using her own mother’s cast iron cornbread mold.
Glory-June’s cornbread, which she enjoyed with honey from her own bees!
Glenda Lofink’s cornbread with homemade chili. Yum!
Aldo Leopold Fellows with cornbread and homemade chili.
Mother’s Cornbread by Mariana and Grandma Louise.
Susan Anderson enjoyed her cornbread with homemade veggie chili!
Beautiful cast iron skills from John Rosenberg!
Again, thank you to all who expressed your support for the Aldo Leopold Foundation, whether by making “Mother’s cornbread” or by making a gift to our Foundation. Your support ensures the Leopold legacy, and love of the land, will continue for years to come.