2018 farm interns harvest

photo: Michelle Johnsen


Today’s food and farming systems have succeeded in supplying large volumes of foods to global markets, but are generating negative outcomes on multiple fronts: widespread degradation of land and water and ecosystems, high greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity losses, persistent hunger and micro-nutrient deficiencies alongside the rapid rise of obesity and diet-related diseases, and livelihood stresses for farmers around the world.

Industrial agriculture and the industrial food systems that have developed around it are locked in place by structures which allow control to accrue to a limited number of players which reinforces their economic and political power.


We must transition from our current unsustainable farming methods to ones that work in cooperation with natural cycles. It is time to look at a farmer as both a provider of agricultural goods and as a participant in an ecological system. This agro-ecological system provides a number of public goods and services including: water, soil, energy, biodiversity, recreation, and carbon sequestration. By changing the way we farm, we can restore the health of our soil, water, and woods while providing for the food needs of our community in the face of a changing climate.

What is required is a model of agriculture based on diversifying farms and farming landscapes, optimizing biodiversity, stimulating interactions between and among different species, building long-term fertility, healthy agro-ecosystems, secure livelihoods: diversified agro-ecological systems.

Our Approach

The Horn Farm Center believes in the power of education. By partnering with local farmers and concerned citizens in our region, we teach and demonstrate how gardeners and farmers can establish healthy relationships with natural ecosystems to increase the quality and quantity of locally grown food, improve financial returns, and remove more carbon from the atmosphere. We are building a community of skilled land stewards who, by building soil fertility and restoring ecological balance to our place on this planet, are better able to feed our community in the face of economic and environmental uncertainty.

Join us!

We depend on the generous financial support of people like you who believe in the importance of the work we are doing to nurture beginning farmers who work with the land in ways which produce food while improving the health of the soil that provides us with sustenance. Join us in creating a farming model based on biodiversity, connectivity, and interdependence.

Create a Regenerative Farmscape

In 2016, we at the Horn Farm Center were thrilled to achieve two of our dreams when the County of York (from whom the Horn Farm Center leases the property) agreed to extend the terms of our lease to 99 years and to place the 186-acre Horn Farm property in a farmland preservation program.

Looking to the future, we made plans to create what we call a regenerative farmscape.

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photo: Michelle Johnsen

Join the Horn Farm Center Legacy Society

Celebrate your love of the land and the Horn Farm Center beyond your lifetime by making a planned gift through your will or estate plan. By doing so, you can create a personal legacy that will have a lasting impact on our local farm economy into the future.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a gift, and it is easy to include the Horn Farm as a beneficiary in your will; you can use the following wording:

I give ____________________ ($ amount, %, the rest, residue, remainder of my estate) to Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education (#20-1061394), York, Pennsylvania.

Please download and complete this form to let us know you’ve included the Horn Farm in your estate plan. Support a cause you care about most: join the Horn Farm Legacy Society.

To learn more about legacy gifts and the Horn Farm Legacy Society, contact Alyson Earl at (717) 757-6441 or