Alternative Uses of Plants

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Explore the nature-based survival crafts that reacquaint us with the land and root us in our human ancestry.

Foraging for sustenance is just one chapter in the age-old story of how humans have fostered relationships with plants. This class will venture beyond foraging to explore these lesser-appreciated but illuminating connections. We’ll walk the wild and semi-wild spaces at the Horn Farm identifying plants and their historical uses in cordage spinning, basket weaving, medicinal provisioning, shelter outfitting, bow making, fire starting, etc., providing demos and hands-on experiences along the way. We’ll also expand our perspective beyond the human-centered connotation of “use” to re-center plants in their ecological contexts, discussing their value for wildlife, soil, water, air, and biodiversity.

Join us to learn about and celebrate the boundless generosity of plants for us and our other-than-human neighbors. 

This class is part of the Horn Farm Center's new Windows to Wild Lands series, taking place from 1 to 3pm on the first Sunday of every month. Each class, we'll offer an entry-level, hands-on lesson in an age-old primitive skill that reconnects with the land while giving us a glimpse into the nature-based lives of our human ancestry. 

About the Instructor: Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since 2004, he has taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, tracking, and wilderness survival. Wilson studied at the Wilderness Awareness School via the Kamana program, and he received his Permaculture Design Certificate through Susquehanna Permaculture.

Program Notes:

Space is limited to 15 participants due to the hands-on nature of this class. Children accompanying a parent or guardian who is taking the class may attend without charge. 

This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially snowy and/or muddy conditions. 

All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here

Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse. 

The cost for this program is $25/person.


June 4th, 2023 from  1:00 PM to  3:00 PM
4945 Horn Rd
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Class Fee $25.00