Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Horn Farm Happenings – March 27, 2020

A Verse for Our Time

We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards man out of the future.

We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.

We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.

And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.

Trust in the ever present help
Of the spiritual world.

Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.

And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.

– Rudolf Steiner


There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but there’s also a lot of opportunity for us to rethink the way we’ve been meeting our basic needs. Those of us who can will have to grow more food to share with our community.

community-gardens 2019That’s why the community gardens here at the farm will remain open, and that’s why we know that changing the plant sale so that you can still get the plants you need is important.

We won’t be holding the plant sale the way we have in previous years. This year all sales will happen online before the sale. You can order now through Sunday, April 25. We will spend the next few days packing your orders and will have them ready for pick up on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. We’ll be organizing the pick up times by last name. More details to come. We will reopen the store the first week of May if we have plants left to sell.

We added more varieties of plants to the store this week, so even if you already placed an order, you might want to check back in.

plant-sale


We still have a few vegetable CSA shares available: https://hornfarmcenter.org/csa/
Horn Farm is also a pick up location for meat, egg, and mushroom shares from Rising Locust Farm. For chicken and other meats Mirror Image Farms has pick up locations in Millersville, Bainbridge, and Lancaster. 

CSA pick up day


We’ve jumped into offering some of our classes and workshops online! We rescheduled the following:

On April 1 & 3 we are offering a two-part class called Exploring the Inner Landscape.

You Shall Have Homes N.C. Wyeth 1928

Just as we are in relationship with the land, trees, water, and wildlife, we are also influenced by, and can be in relationship with, the archetypal energies of the planets and constellations of the zodiac. Interestingly, the inner and outer landscapes are mysteriously intertwined so that what is happening on the inside is mirrored on the outside. In this time of great political and environmental turmoil it might seem counterintuitive that by focusing on our inner lives we might have a greater effect on the world around us. Exploring the Inner Landscape.


On April 4 there are still a few spots left in Green Mulch: Using Native Plants as Groundcover.


And on April 18 you can learn about Garden Design for Water Management.

Though we can’t meet at the farm for now, please reach out to us via email, phone, Facebook, or Instagram

Through April 25 – Plant Sale Pre-Sales
June 2 – Horn Farm CSA

Online classes:
April 1 & 3 – Exploring the Living Landscape
April 4 – Green Mulch: Using Native Plants as Groundcover
April 18 – Garden Design for Water Management

Horn Farm Happenings – March 20, 2020

In the face of climate change and the current coronavirus outbreak, our work as land stewards, farmers, and gardeners is more important than ever. The fragility of the systems we depend on to meet our basic needs has been exposed. We are continuing to prioritize growing food for ourselves and our community and teaching others to do the same. 

We’ve made the decision to cancel all on farm events, classes, and workshops at least until September 1. If you’re currently registered for one or more classes, please check your email for details about refunds. Horn Farm staff will continue farm operations growing seedlings for the plant sale and food for our CSA shareholders.

Since you can’t come to the farm right now, we are redesigning how we can get information to you. We are changing the location from in-person to online for some current classes–more details on these next week. Soon we’ll add more online classes and other video content to help you hone your ecological understanding, as well as your food growing and foraging skills.


plant-saleThis year’s plant sale will also be different. Though it’s not as much fun as shopping at the sale, we are asking you to order your plants ahead of time so that we can collate your order. We will spread pick up times across multiple days to limit the number of people who are on the farm at any one time. We are extending the online sales period through April. r https://hornfarmcenter.org/shop


CSA pick up dayWe still have a few vegetable CSA shares available: https://hornfarmcenter.org/csa/
We will be packing shares rather than having open bins to minimize the risk of spreading possible infection. Horn Farm is also a pick up location for meat, egg, and mushroom shares from Rising Locust Farm.


community-gardens 2019Community garden plots will open April 15 and we still have some available: https://hornfarmcenter.org/community-gardens/

Though we can’t meet at the farm for now, please reach out to us via email, phone, Facebook, or Instagram! Thank you for being a part of the Horn Farm community!

Through April 30 – Plant Sale Pre-Sales
June 2 – Horn Farm CSA

Online classes:
April 18 – Native Garden Design for Water Management

Horn Farm Happenings – March 13, 2020

aerial view Horn FarmWhat strange and turbulent times these are! We are sure you’re already aware that the Covid-19 virus is affecting a great number of things at the moment and recommendations have been put forth to avoid public gatherings where possible. Considering that many of our participants come from diverse areas to join us, we have decided that the most prudent course of action is to reschedule upcoming events. We will be postponing all classes and workshops scheduled between now and April 14th, at which time we’ll reevaluate whether to resume our schedule based on the situation at that time. We are working with our instructors to find new dates for these rescheduled classes and will share details sometime next week. In the meantime, we will continue our work in the fields and woods of the farm.


In March, you have the opportunity to pre-order your seedlings  for pick up at the Heirloom Plant Sale on May 2. seedlings ready for the heirloom plant sale


Upcoming events:
March 1 to 31 – Plant Sale Pre-Sales
April 18 – Backyard Composting
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
April 27 – Woodland Steward Training Program
May 2 – Backyard Composting
May 2 – 2020 Heirloom Plant Sale
May 9 – MAEscapes Native Plant Sale
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 16 – Backyard Composting
May 23 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
May 24 – Children’s Nature Exploration
June 2 – Horn Farm CSA
June 7 –  Children’s What’s Your Impact
June 14 – Children’s Healing Plants
June 28 – Children’s Seed to Table

Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!