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Horn Farm Happenings – June 14, 2024

Next Saturday: Celebrate with Us!

We have a lot to celebrate this year – especially since we’ve reached 20 years of carrying out our mission –  thanks to a generous, creative, and resilient community.

Join us next Saturday, June 22nd from 5PM-9PM for a casual, festive, and family-friendly evening, complete with live music from local folk artists Still Limber, fresh-baked goods from our historic Squirrel Tail Oven, farm tours, a bonfire, kids activities and more.

Of course, our anniversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without community contributions to our potluck meal. Bring your picnic blanket,  forks n’ plates, and a meal item to share! Don’t have time to make something? Join us anyway! Potluck contributions are encouraged but not required to attend. 

The Summer Solstice Celebration is free to attend but please RVSP.

We hope to see you at the Horn Farm on June 22nd!

Click here to RSVP

 

Horn Farm Center’s Summer Solstice Celebration is part of Explore York’s Annual Makers Spirit Event, which runs from June 20-22, 2024.

You can download your Passport to York County’s Makers Spirit Event Today! Behind-the-scenes tours, educational demonstrations, and tasty collaborations…the Makers Spirit Event has it all. Be sure to check in at each location to earn points for prizes!


 

Gathering Abundance & Balance

Wild abundance is here throughout the seasons, but we’re particularly fond of this time of year! Mulberries, black raspberries, black cherries, elderflowers, and bundles of wild greens fill our baskets, nourish our bodies, and connect us with the land.Thankfully, we haven’t been alone — we’ve spent the last several weeks fostering a caring community of foragers with our first-ever Forager Training Program. Since May, ten curious foragers have dug deep into the science, craft, and spirit of ethical foraging, experiencing the blossoming transition from early spring to early summer. Next week, we’ll be sending off our foraging trainees with a wild foods meal shared by the class!

Want to learn more about the wild abundance that the land provides? We’ve got numerous foraging opportunities coming down the trail for the summer:

Beyond gathering wild foods, foraging is an invitation to learn more about ecology, land stewardship, historic relationships with plants, and ways we can (re)build reciprocal balance with the earth we share.

Join the Horn Farm Team!

Do you enjoy being creative, building relationships, and learning new things? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and skillsets with others? Do you have a background in sustainable farming and perennial production systems?We are seeking a creative, motivated full-time Farm & Agroforestry Manager to join our talented team of land stewards and educators to innovate on-farm learning experiences and lead cutting-edge regenerative farming projects.

The Farm & Agroforestry Manager will have the opportunity to collaboratively design and lead a new demonstration forest garden project, reshaping the way our community thinks about agriculture and helping to achieve Horn Farm Center’s strategic vision.

Interested in learning more? Check out the full position details linked below. To apply send a resume and letter of interest to Executive Director, Alexis Campbell at executivedirector@hornfarmcenter.org by July 24, 2024.


Supporting Our Mission & Work

Are you looking for a place to get away? Are you searching for the time to be with friends and family? The landscape professionals at Hively Landscapes help folks just like you create that special place and their landscape maintenance teams will give you time to enjoy it.

For over 50 years, Hively’s hardworking team of design, installation and maintenance professionals have provided complete landscape services to our community. Offering a full range of professional landscape services for residential and commercial properties in south central PA and northern MD, Hively is consistently exceeding the expectations of their clients.

In addition to having the reputation of being fair, honest, and well-respected among our community, Hively is a generous supporter of the Horn Farm Center’s mission and work. We’re grateful for Hively’s partnership this year as one of our annual sponsors. A big thanks for Hively’s commitment to regenerative land stewardship and nature-based learning at the Horn Farm Center.


Pawpaws & So Much More!

We’re just 4 months away from Horn Farm Center’s Wild & Uncommon Weekend!

Join us from September 26-29, 2024, as we celebrate the diverse ecosystem of local foods, makers, and experiences that make York County and the Lower Susquehanna region so special, pawpaws included!

Formerly known as the York County Pawpaw Festival, our Wild & Uncommon Weekend will feature new partnerships with regional destinations like Locally SeasonedFlinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market, the Susquehanna National Heritage AreaFirefly Hollow Holistic Wellness Center, and more!

As the centerpiece of the weekend, the Horn Farm Center will host our Wild & Uncommon Pawpaw Festival on Saturday, September 28th from 9am to 5pm, including all the family fun, education, and pawpaw ~pizzazz~ many have enjoyed over the past 20 years!

Check out the current schedule of events and stay tuned over the coming weeks as we highlight all of our new offerings. Tickets go on sale this summer!

Click here to learn more. 


EmPOWER Your Building Skills

Are you ready to take charge of your DIY and home improvement projects? We’ve got two hands-on learning experiences to help you get started!

Learn the basics in Intro to Power Tools by measuring and marking wood, gaining familiarity with the functions and operation of a drill and driver, and making cuts with a circular saw, a miter saw, and a jig saw.

Then, step things up with Intro to Carpentry, a two-day workshop where you’ll learn by doing – collaboratively building a chicken coop from scratch.

Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our new Building Workshops!  Bring along any questions you might have that will inform current or upcoming projects.

Horn Farm Happenings – May 31, 2024

Fascinating Fungi

From their rich medicinal history to their vital roles in ecological cycles, fungi have captivated our curiosity and imagination since the earliest days of our human ancestry.

To embrace and explore this age-old relationship with the fungal world, the Horn Farm Center is partnering with educators from the Eastern Penn Mushroomers Club for a three-part series spotlighting the diversity, versatility, nuance, and significance of nature’s great recyclers.

We’ll enrich our relationships with fungi by exploring their uses and mycology, including cultivation, cooking, biology, land tending, and new frontiers of possibility. In addition, each class will involve a foray in search of fungal specimens at the Horn Farm, conditions permitting.

Join us starting on Saturday, June 8th from 1:30-4:30pm for Fungal Foundations: Spring Mycology Series at the Horn Farm Center!

Learn More about the Fungal Foundations Series


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s a New Restoration Project at Horn Farm!

We are pleased to announce the start of a new land restoration and watershed stewardship project at the Horn Farm Center!In January, Horn Farm Center was awarded $141,145 in grant funding from the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program to undertake a large-scale erosion control and restoration project – just north of our recently established 10 acre riparian buffer (funded by DCNR PennVest). The project will address major soil erosion and water runoff issues upstream on the Horn Farm property that impact the Kreutz Creek, Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

Our project goals include:

  • Stabilizing and restoring 2,100 linear feet of steam beds and banks of 3 unnamed tributaries to Kreutz Creek that are severely eroded;
  • Restoring and/or establishing 5 acres of forested riparian buffer;
  • Creating 1 acre of riparian forested wetlands;
  • And, installing 300 linear feet of a regenerative stormwater step pool conveyance system upstream to capture and infiltrate a portion of runoff during rain events.

The DEP Growing Greener grant will fund the design and permitting phases of the project, which we expect to complete by the end of 2025. Horn Farm Center has partnered with Skelly & Loy, a civil and environmental engineering firm to lead the design. The initial work of assessing the landscape began in April and will continue this summer.

A big thanks to the PA Department of Environmental Protection for valuing the health of our local watersheds and entrusting the Horn Farm Center to do our part. We are absolutely thrilled to further our efforts to build soil health, cultivate wildlife habitat and protect our waterways while continuing to develop new ways to educate our community at the Horn Farm Center.

Photo: Skelly & Loy capturing drone footage to map the project landscape.


Save the Date: Wild & Uncommon Weekend

Celebrating 20 years in 2024, the York County Pawpaw Festival has seen incredible growth. From its humble beginnings as a “Slow Food Pawpaw Dinner” organized by Dick and Judy Bono in 2004, the Pawpaw Festival now attracts over 2000 visitors from across the mid-Atlantic and beyond.

This year, the York County Pawpaw Festival continues to grow – with a new name and new visitor experiences at over 5 locations!

Say hello to the Horn Farm Center’s Wild & Uncommon Weekend: celebrating local food, art, nature…and pawpaws!

The 2024 Wild & Uncommon Weekend will take place from September 27th to 29th, 2024. This regional celebration will spotlight not just the pawpaw, but the diverse ecosystem of local foods, makers, and experiences that make this region so special.

On Saturday, September 28th from 9am to 5pm, the Horn Farm Center will host the signature event of the weekend: our Wild & Uncommon Pawpaw Festival, featuring all of the family fun, education, and local shopping many have enjoyed over the past 20 years!

Stay tuned over the coming months for announcements about the Wild & Uncommon Pawpaw Festival and our NEW Wild & Uncommon Weekend of events!

Click here to learn more.


Supporting Our Mission & Work

Lemon Street Market is an independent and woman-owned grocery store focused on sustainable and healthy living. With many local, organic, vegan, and gluten-free options, Lemon Street Market is open 7 days a week in downtown Lancaster, including their kitchen, serving coffee, tea, espresso, fresh juices, smoothies, and grab-and-go takeout items.

This spring, Lemon Street Market featured Horn Farm Center as part of their #GiveLocal program. Thanks to their ongoing commitment to our mission and the customers who rounded-up at the register, Lemon Street Market raised $2,760 to support the Horn Farm Center!

We are so thankful to Lemon Street Market for their partnership this year.


Summer Solstice: A Makers Spirit Event

Did you know that the Horn Farm Center has a restored 19th century Squirrel Tail Oven? This functional piece of history was reconstructed and revitalized in 2016 as part of our Summer Kitchen renovations – a 4-year long capital project led entirely by dedicated volunteers!At our Summer Solstice Celebration on June 22nd, we’ll be firing up the oven to share fresh-baked goods and demonstrate how things were made here in the past.

We’ll also be celebrating our 20th Anniversary with food, live music, activities, tours, and a campfire with friends, family, and longtime supporters of the Horn Farm Center! All attendees are invited to participate in a potluck meal – if you are able, please bring something to share.

This event is free to attend but please RSVP by June 19th! Click here to RSVP!

Horn Farm Center’s Summer Solstice Celebration is part of Explore York’s Annual Makers Spirit Event, which runs from June 20-22, 2024.

You can download your Passport to York County’s Makers Spirit Event Today! Behind-the-scenes tours, educational demonstrations, and tasty collaborations…the Makers Spirit Event has it all. Be sure to check in at each location to earn points for prizes!


Wellness Wednesdays at Horn Farm

Horn Farm Center’s new Wellness Workshops are designed for holistic wellbeing. As gardeners, land stewards, and outdoor enthusiasts, bringing more attention to our movement and mind can provide lifelong benefit.

In partnership with Firefly Hollow Wellness Center, we are hosting a special series of yoga classes once a month at the Horn Farm Center – at sunset!  Each class features different yoga styles and will be an opportunity to move, stretch, and unwind in the outdoors.

Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our new Wellness Workshops!

Click here to learn more.

Horn Farm Happenings – May 10, 2024

Celebrate with Horn Farm Center!

As part of our 20th anniversary this year, the Horn Farm Center is offering a free community gathering and potluck on Saturday, June 22nd.

Let’s celebrate the start of the summer season together! Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our “throwback” Summer Solstice Celebration, complete with musical entertainment, storytelling, family-friendly activities, free farm tours, and fresh-baked snacks from our historic Squirrel Tail Oven.

Stay tuned for updates as additional offerings make their way to this special community gathering – part of Explore York’s Annual Maker’s Spirit Event. We hope you can join the fun!

Learn More about the Summer Solstice


     

Thank You for Growing with Us!

Even with drizzle and chill last weekend, the Horn Farm Center’s annual Plant Sale was the place to be! Thank you to all who came out and purchased plants with us!

We enjoyed the warm company of both new and familiar faces in our greenhouse–all folks ready to dig into spring gardening. By purchasing plants from the Horn Farm Center, you supported not just our farm partners, but educational programs and ecological restoration across our community landscape. Thank you for buying local and uplifting our regenerative mission!

Don’t forget: leftover plants are available for self-serve pickup now through Saturday, May 11th. Simply stop in our greenhouse any time during the day and see what’s left. CASH PREFERRED, though we’re accepting checks and PayPal as well.

We’re grateful to our community vendors for braving the weather and bringing so much variety to this year’s Plant Sale!:

Thank you, as well, to our annual sponsors who helped make this Plant Sale possible!
Wishing everyone all the best for a nourishing and fruitful growing season!

You Make a Difference

To all of our supporters for Give Local York, THANK YOU! 

In just 24-hours, 192 donors, 7 matching sponsors, and Horn Farm Center’s Board of Directors raised $40,863.12 to help Perennialize Horn Farm for future generations.

We will always need a space to reconnect with the land, ourselves, and each other. Your donations serve as a financial investment in our mission and future. Just as importantly, it also recognizes our interdependence.

Regenerative land stewardship and ecological learning take a whole community, and we’re grateful to know that our community–like perennial roots–stems far and wide. If you want to see our mission in action, consider joining us for an upcoming class or event. Or, if you didn’t have a chance to support us during Give Local York, you can donate anytime online.

Thank you for valuing our work and ensuring that the Horn Farm Center can serve our community for generations to come. 

We hope to see you soon at the Horn Farm Center!


A special thanks to our 2024 matching sponsors who support our work and mission throughout the year!

How does supporting the Horn Farm Center make a difference? Check out our 2023 Annual Report & 20 Year Perennial Report!

Click here to read the Report


Move, Connect, & Embody

Humans navigate the world differently than our animal kingdom kin. We sit often – at our desks, in our cars, in our homes – and our time outdoors can be limited. Cultivating personal wellness practices can help us connect with ourselves, one another, and natural world.

Horn Farm Center’s new Wellness Workshops are designed for holistic wellbeing. As gardeners, land stewards, and outdoor enthusiasts, bringing more attention to our movement and mind can provide lifelong benefit.

Practical Movement Classes: Aimed at developing a new “movement lens” and building physical resilience by moving, breathing, and observing, this series explores natural movement, breathwork, specific body part exercises, dynamic movements and restorative stretches.

Sunset Yoga: Held once a month at the Horn Farm Center, these classes feature different yoga styles with Firefly Hollow Wellness Center.

Breathe the Biome – Guided Mediation:  Disconnect from the daily stress of life and tune inward during this facilitator-led Guided Meditation class in a natural setting on the Horn Farm! An outdoor meditation practice is sometimes referred to as the Japanese practice of “shin-yin” or “forest bathing” while others may simply just deem it “reconnecting to nature.”

Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our new Wellness Workshops!

Click here to learn more.