By Invitation Only

Join us on October 6th with a friend for an evening of community and learning at the Horn Farm Center.

Travel back in time to learn about a remarkable botanist who devoted his life to the promotion of diverse, tree-based agricultural systems in Pennsylvania. Dale Hendricks will present “John Hershey, Friend of Trees.” Discover Hershey’s pioneer work in agroforestry and how the Horn Farm Center’s new strategic direction is honoring his legacy.

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Schedule of Events:

4:00PM: Enjoy locally crafted hor d’ourves and beverages featuring produce from the Horn Farm Center during a casual happy hour and social.

5:30PM: Dale Hendricks will present “John Hershey, Friend of Trees”

6:30PM: Explore the Horn Farm Center’s production fields and learn about our tree plantings.

Additional Event Details:

  • Parking is along the field above the farmhouse.
  • Event will be held in the Horn Farm Center’s corn barn.
  • Please wear weather appropriate attire and walking shoes.
  • Invite a guest to this event!

More about the Program:

John Hershey, a devout Quaker, had a vision of fertile and diverse farms that protected soils and water. From 1921 to 1967, he grew and selected superior trees for higher nutritive value and long season productivity to benefit both humans and animals. When he died, his Downingtown farms and nursery were developed and largely forgotten. Dale Hendricks and others are working to preserve and propagate the many remaining trees because of their improved genetics. Join us to learn about this remarkable pioneer whose work still lives on in fruit and nut trees!

About the Instructor

Dale Hendricks has been growing and propagating plants professionally since 1975 when he was fortunate to gain employment at Green Leaf Enterprises in Lancaster County, Pa. In 1988 he co-founded North Creek Nurseries, Inc along with current owner Steve Castorani in order to propagate and grow perennials and grasses with an emphasis on natives and garden selections of natives. In 2009 he founded Green Light Plants, LLC. To build carbon friendly and regenerative landscapes; growing native, woodland and permaculture plants, organically and joyfully. Since ’88 he has lived in Landenberg, southern Chester County, Pa with his family where he gardens, propagates plants, and grows good soil.