Regenerative Farming Training Program

Regenerative Farming Training 2019

At the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education we are educating skilled land stewards who, by restoring ecological balance to our place on the earth, are better able to feed our community. We are educating the next generation of organic farmers by teaching organic farming practices that promote conservation of resources.

Both the nutritional value of our foods and the ability to farm sustainably over time depend on the health of the soil in which it is grown. The most important principle of organic farming is to grow the soil first and food second. Large scale organic operations with their tillage, plastic mulch, and monocrops do not prioritize soil health the way that small scale operations can and do.

The Horn Farm Regenerative Farming Training program is a part-time, hands-on program for people with 0 to 2 years of farm or gardening experience. The program provides foundational knowledge and practical skills for those interested in small-scale, regenerative farming, and ecologically sound production methods. 

The Horn Farm Regenerative Farming Training Program includes 336 hours of field and classroom training from April through October (28 weeks, 12 hours per week).

In April, participants begin the hands on training aspect of the program. Learning by doing and incorporating the knowledge into one’s physical body is essential to understanding the life of a farmer. Working alongside the Education Director and Field Manager, the trainees assist with all aspects of working a small-scale farming operation, from greenhouse to field, from harvest to market. An optional February start provides additional experience with greenhouse seedling production and spring field preparation.

Agroforestry systems, including silvopasture and multi-functional riparian buffers are an important part of the whole farm plan. Participants are part of the design, installation, and maintenance of these perennial crop systems. Learning ecological restoration techniques and understanding the connections between the semi-wild and the cultivated areas of the farm teaches participants to see the farm as a whole, highly integrated, agricultural ecosystem.

Marketing and sales are an essential aspect of running a successful operation. Participants assist with the set-up and running of the on site Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program as well as learn post-harvest handling, packaging, and market practices. Participants have the opportunity to staff on-site farm stands at any on-farm events held at the Center. Instruction on developing marketing and business plans is included in the program.

Farm tours of several successful, diverse types of growing operations are an important part of the training, providing diverse examples and by connecting participants to a regional network of innovative producers.

In order to gain proficiency with hand tool use, participants receive their own set of tools to use and maintain. This toolkit includes professional grade stirrup hoe, trowel, dibble, pruner, and harvesting knife. Participants are fully responsible for their own tools and keep their kit upon successful completion of the program.

Through instruction, hands-on practice, and networking, the Regenerative Farming Training program allows for substantial progress toward understanding how soil, plants, weather, and people interact to create regenerative farms with positive environmental, economic, and social well-being as yields. This program provides the foundational knowledge necessary for becoming a valuable member of the vibrant, organic farming community. The program is also a good precursor to the Farm Business Incubator.

April 1st, 2019 8:00 PM   through   October 31st, 2019 12:00 AM
4945 Horn Road
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Horn Farm Internship $ 1,250.00

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