Introduction to Scything

According to some sources, this cultivation tool dates back to 500 BC. Today, the scythe has been replaced almost exclusively by the horse drawn sickle-bar mowers and/or the mechanized tractor.  In recent years, the scythe has experienced a bit of a comeback with small scale farmers due to its affordability and environmental benefits. Used to mow grass, cut and harvest grain, and chop and drop green/living crops or brown/dead crops, the scythe offers the flexibility to manage large swaths of land without the use of fossil fuels. This unique tool also provides a certain level of physical exertion and conscious movement that some might compare to ancient traditions such as Tai Chi.  Discover the basics of scything, both as a tool and a cultivation methodology. Learn about the origins of the scythe, varying styles, and basic tool maintenance. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the art of scything including the movements required to operate this simple tool and putting it into practice on the land. Co-taught by Horn Farm Center Farm Manager, Andrew Horn and Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Jason Reed. 

According to some sources, this cultivation tool dates back to 500 BC. Today, the scythe has been replaced almost exclusively by the horse drawn sickle-bar mowers and/or the mechanized tractor. 

In recent years, the scythe has experienced a bit of a comeback with small scale farmers due to its affordability and environmental benefits. Used to mow grass, cut and harvest grain, and chop and drop green/living crops or brown/dead crops, the scythe offers the flexibility to manage large swaths of land without the use of fossil fuels. This unique tool also provides a certain level of physical exertion and conscious movement that some might compare to ancient traditions such as Tai Chi. 

Discover the basics of scything, both as a tool and a cultivation methodology. Learn about the origins of the scythe, varying styles, and basic tool maintenance. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the art of scything including the movements required to operate this simple tool and putting it into practice on the land.

Co-taught by Horn Farm Center Farm Manager, Andrew Horn and Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Jason Reed. 

 


About the Instructors

Jason Reed is the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Coordinator for York County. Jason worked in horticulture and education in Baltimore City for 8 years before moving to a 5 acre homestead in southern York County. His broad experience includes community gardening and organizing, nature and garden-based education, greenhouse management, animal husbandry and management, interiorscaping and hydroponics, viticulture, and native gardening and permaculture. Jason is an advocate for the healing properties of horticulture, and enjoys working with other gardeners in pursuing sustainable, mindful growth.

Born in York County, Andrew Horn earned his Business Management degree from Shippensburg University. After graduation, Andrew traveled with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) to New Zealand, where he lived and learned on organic farms. Captivated by his experience, Andrew wanted to continue his journey in small-scale agriculture and sought to find a place where he could apply, develop and learn new skills. He found the Horn Farm Center through an Introduction to Permaculture class. Since successful completion of the Farming Internship, Andrew has pursued his exploration of a career in farming as the Farm Manager at the Horn Farm Center. He runs the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program and guides participants through hands-on instruction in the Regenerative Farming Training Program.

 


Health and Safety

Due to COVID-19 the Horn Farm Center is offering on-site educational programming with some modifications in order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. All classes will be held outside and are limited to 10 participants per class. If more than one class occurs on the same day, start times will be staggered to reduce the number of individuals arriving at the same time. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change.
Participant expectations are as follows:

  • Participants are required to bring a mask and wear it when proper physical distancing cannot be maintained. We have a limited supply on hand if you forget yours.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained except in case of family members.
  • Do not attend if sick or recovering.
When
June 12th, 2021 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Location
4945 Horn Rd
York, PA 17406
United States
Contact
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Intro to Scything Class Fee $ 45.00