Author Archive: Alexis Campbell

Horn Farm Happenings – In Reciprocity

We envision a world where people live in reciprocity with nature, and our agricultural practices revive ecosystems and human well-being.”

– HFC Vision Statement

Reciprocity is the practice of mutual exchange. This principle is essential to our work. In everything we do, we seek to give as much—and more—than we take.

Giving to the land isn’t easy. It takes patience, knowledge, optimism, resources, and above all, incredibly strenuous work. The same goes for our efforts to extend our giving outward: to grow regeneratively while educating others.

So, why do we continue to do what we do?

We give to the land because the land gives generously to us. Our food, clothes, fuel, and fiber. The soil under our feet and even the air we breathe. All these gifts make our lives possible.

So, we give back. Just as you do.


In fact, your contributions go far beyond reciprocity. Your giving is a great multiplier.

Every dollar is amplified through our stewardship practices to heal the land and each person we teach.  

In this way, your giving strengthens our commitment to reciprocity: not just on the land, but in the food shared, the community nurtured, and the individuals inspired to fall in love with the earth.

With your help this year, we made incredible progress towards the strategic goals that underpin our vision.

Together we…

  • trained 20 new Land Stewards & Ecological Gardeners and served over 750 program participants;
  • planted 2 more acres of multifunctional riparian buffers that will protect our water, build our soils, and create wildlife habitat;
  • built a new outdoor classroom space that will serve hundreds of learners and future land stewards each year;  
  • grew our capacity to carry out our mission by hiring 3 new permanent staff and 2 seasonal land steward assistants;
  • are designing carbon neutral classroom and office spaces in the farmhouse that will decrease our operational costs and increase our capacity for educational programs next year.

Every time you give to the Horn Farm Center, you are giving back to the land, our community, and future generations.

Please consider making a financial contribution either by check or online: visit our website to donate.

Thank you for your commitment to our work and mission.

Sincerely,

Alexis Campbell, Executive Director

Horn Farm Happenings – To Friends of the Farm

Thanks for Being A Friend

You’ve given a lot this year. And, that’s why we want to say thanks for….

  • attending our programs and events,
  • volunteering your time and talents,
  • making an impact on the land,
  • helping us recover from the farmhouse fire,
  • and, contributing financially to help us carry out our mission.

In this season of giving and gratitude, we are thankful for all that you do.

Every time you give to the Horn Farm Center, you are giving back to the land, our community, and future generations. 

Thanks for being a friend of the farm!

Sincerely,

The Horn Farm Center Board & Staff

Horn Farm Happenings – November 18, 2022

2023 Training Programs are Open!

“The lessons that I learned from the Land Steward Training Program are innumerable, and it stirred up in me a yearning and a desire to have a deep, meaningful connection with the earth.” – Anthony Damiano

From the eco-curious to the aspiring land practitioner, our training programs have sown seeds of inspiration, learning, and purposeful change.

Applications are now open for our 2023 Training Programs:

Our signature Land Steward Training Program teaches the skills necessary to transform degraded landscapes into healthy, biodiverse, productive habitats. Whether you’re pursuing a career or simply exploring how to make an impact on the land, this program offers lessons in ecology, habitat restoration, and living in union with the land and each other.

The Ecological Gardener Training Program explores native plants, pollinators, lawn conversion methods, scaled designing, and seasonal management techniques that can be applied to commercial, schoolyard, and residential spaces. Completing this course will leave you with both confidence and creativity as you take action in this “buzzing” field.

In our Beekeeper Training Program participants will learn all aspects of keeping bees over the course of a two year program. At the end of year one, each participant will recieve a bee colony to be moved to their home property. During the second year, participants will learn more advanced techniques and troubleshooting while managing their own hive at home.

Each program fosters deepened connectivity with the land around us while providing hands-on practice to develop skills in your area of focus. Join us next year for a learning adventure at the Horn Farm Center!

Click here to learn more about Training Programs


Greenhouse Internships: Now Accepting Applications

Interested in learning about nursery plant production and greenhouse management? We have two internship opportunities available next year that will provide hands-on learning and personalized job coaching with Farm Manager, Andrew Horn.

Throughout the course of the internship students will learn:

  • Production planning and seeding schedules
  • Seasonal greenhouse management
  • Plant propagation techniques
  • Materials & Methodology
  • Plant Anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, chemistry, biology, genetics
  • Irrigation – watering, water testing, understanding plant nutrition
  • Plant Health Management – foliar sprays, root dips, seed coats
  • Plant Sale Management – budgeting, pricing, product placement, retailing

  Learn More About 2023 Internships


Community Gathering: Join Us by the Fire

Enjoy the company of fellow community members and the warmth of a bonfire at the Horn Farm on Sunday, December 4th between 3 and 5pm. All are welcome! We’re looking forward to celebrating the land, our community, and the ways they’ve come together throughout this year.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring your own chair, and be sure to dress warmly, as the event will take place outdoors. Of course, the fire is contingent on weather conditions. We’ll make sure to reach out in advance if plans need to change. 

As your “ticket” to this event, please bring a canned or preserved food item. We’ll be collecting donations for the York County Food Bank.

Click here to let us know you’re attending


 

Volunteers Needed: Winter Willow Harvest

We are seeking daytime volunteers to help us complete our second annual willow tree coppicing! Community workdays are scheduled for December 13th & 14th and January 16th & 17th.

Coppicing is the process of pruning a tree or shrub to ground level in order to stimulate the growth of shoots and provide a sustainable supply of agroforestry products year to year. This winter, we are harvesting willow shoots for basketry, kindling for biochar, and live stakes.

Tasks will vary depending on our progress and volunteer counts. These can include: pruning willow branches with hand pruners (down to stump level); sorting harvested branches by height and thickness; bundling and tagging prepared branches; and carrying branches and branch bundles.

Let us know if you can join us!

Click here to Volunteer


Winter Tree Identification Walk with Wilson

Winter is the best time to learn how to identify tree species. By observing bark and budding patterns, learn how to identify native and non-native trees in the wooded areas at the farm.

Join us on Sunday, December 4th at 1pm for a Guided Nature Walk focused on Tree Identification with Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez. 

Click here to Register for Tree ID Walk