December 2nd Riparian Buffer Leaf Mulching

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Help the Horn Farm Center bolster our 8-acre riparian buffer while learning about perennial plants, ecology, and ways to restore local waterways.

To learn more about the Horn Farm's riparian buffer plantings and the importance of riparian areas in PA, visit the first installment of the Horn Farm Center's blog: For the Whole Stream: Riparian Buffers  

On Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00am to 12:00pm, we're seeking volunteers to help us bolster part of our riparian buffer by leaf mulching grassy paths in preparation for spring planting. This work is a beginning step in taking our streamside restoration efforts to the next level: allowing us to incorporate even more native plants and their services into the landscape in the near future, including Virginia bluebells, ramps, Canadian wild ginger, and golden ragwort. We'll be leaf-mulching in the Miyawaki-style section of the restoration landscape. Learn more about the Miyawaki method for planting forests here.  

Time allowing, volunteers will also help to ensure our young trees are protected and primed for the approaching winter. Additional work may include checking and righting tree tubes, managing invasives, planting last-minute saplings, and fortifying tree bases with rocks to prevent vole damage during the winter.  

What to bring:

Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather, and bring your own water bottle (refills will be available). We have gloves on hand for those who need them, though we ask that participants bring their own gloves. Currently, we only have one regularly-cleaned porta-potty on the property due to the 2021 house fire, so please plan accordingly. 

Physical Activity Note:

This workday will require moderate physical labor including stooping, bending, kneeling, shoveling, raking, and spending time outisde in cold conditions. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain in potentially muddy conditions.

New Volunteers:

Please read our Volunteer Waiver and Release Form before your arrival. If you have not filled one out before, you can bring a printed, signed copy with you to the event or send a virtual copy to Physical copies will also be available upon arrival. 

December 2nd, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Mobile: (717) 757-6441