Horn Farm Happenings – May 13, 2022

We Did It Together

Last Friday, we shared our goals to Transform Horn Farm as part of Give Local York. Throughout the day, we revealed our new strategic vision and you responded with overwhelming support!

In just 24 hours, 181 of our friends and supporters raised $27,896.00 to help us acheive our goals.

THANK YOU! We are humbled by the generosity of our community, the backbone of our work. A special thanks to 7group and a Horn Farm Center board member, who sponsored our efforts to raise $25,000 with two $5,000 matches.

7group’s contribution will help us rebuild the farmhouse, while our board member match will go towards solar panels, supporting our new initiative to become completely carbon neutral by 2028. This is just one of several new strategic goals.

Following a year-long planning process and the devastating farmhouse fire in 2021, we are moving boldly towards a new direction. Our goals are ambitious, especially as we navigate the challenges of rebuilding. But we know that, together with your support, we can accomplish all of these goals and more. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Horn Farm Center and our mission. Together we will Transform Horn Farm. 


Betsy’s Flowers: CSA Shares Now Available!

Organically-Grown Cut Flower Bouquets
6-week Shares with 2 “Artisan Add-Ons”
4 Pick-up Locations: York, Harrisburg, Camp Hill and Hampden Twp.

Betsy’s Flowers Bouquets will once again be offered on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) platform, much the same as a vegetable CSA, but instead of vegetables you will receive flowers.

Buying a “share” upfront helps us to buy our seeds and supplies. In return, you will receive 6 weeks of organically grown, fresh cut flower bouquets along with a Victorian “Language of Flowers” interpretation of your bouquet. A few of the flowers we’re growing are: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Lavender, Cosmos, Snapdragons, and a variety of perennials.

This Season you will also receive two “Artisan Add-Ons”. Each share will receive one of Laura Desautels’ (Betsy’s fellow flower grower) custom homemade botanical soaps and a set of 4 nature inspired notecards by Cape Cod artist, Kathy Meyers, during the 6-week period.

Your bouquet will arrive in a Kraft paper sleeve, all ready for your favorite vase or jar!

There are four pick-up locations:

  • Horn Farm Center – Wednesday from 2:30 – 6:30 pm
  • 2134 North Second Street, Harrisburg (Formerly TMC Wellness through Movement) – Friday from 3:00– 6:30 pm
  • You’Topia Salon, 15 N. 21st Street, Camp Hill – Wednesday from 3:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Healthy You Cafe, Hampden Market Place, Enola – Friday from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Weather permitting the first CSA will run from:

  • Wednesdays 6/1 – 7/6/22
  • Fridays 6/3 – 7/9/22

Cost: $135 per share per 6-week session

Click here to learn more. 


Claim Your Share: A Few Spots Left!

Your weekly box of organically-grown, farm-fresh produce awaits you!

The Horn Farm CSA runs 20 weeks from June through October. Each week offers seasonal, organically-grown produce. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Spring: lettuces, spinach, kale, swiss chard, spring onions, beets, herbs
  • Summer: kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, beets, summer squash, watermelon, cataloupe, onions, herbs, and more!
  • Fall: garlic, beets, turnips, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, swiss chard, spinach

Pick-ups are at the Farm Stand located at 4945 Horn Road on Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30pm. 

Full Share:  $750
Half Share: $400

Click here to register.


   

A Rainy, Muddy, & Joyful Plant Sale

Four inches of rain and a week later we wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in the 2022 Horn Farm Plant Sale!

Thank you to all of the growers, vendors, volunteers, and dedicated plant-lovers who purchased plants…THANK YOU for coming out, depite the rain, cold, and mud, to support our community of growers and the Horn Farm Center.

Cheers to a bountiful gardening season!


cycle the solstice riders en route

Cycle the Solstice is Back!

Join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for Cycle the Solstice, hosted by The Cycle Works of Wrightsville to benefit The Horn Farm Center.

Cycle the Solstice is a 30- or 62-mile bike ride through York and Lancaster counties that showcases the beauty and the bounty of the Susquehanna river valley. Riders will depart from the Horn Farm Center in the morning, riding their chosen loop at their own pace. Along the way, riders will stop at local small business farms and markets for refreshments produced at the farms and other local food and agriculture businesses.

Upon completion of the ride, participants will enjoy a catered lunch and musical entertainment by Bend the Rails, a soulful blend of gutsy folk, blues, and country music. A limited number of lunch tickets are available for those who prefer not to ride but want to enjoy the celebrations at the Horn Farm. Lunch tickets are $15/person and can be purchased on the registration page below.

Click here to register. 

 


Wanted: Equipment & Expertise

We are currently in search of a number of items and services that will help us achieve our mission to connect soil, food, and people in ways that improve the health and resilience of our community. 

Expertise/Services

  • Seeking an IT professional who is able to offer occasional technical support
  • Seeking a painting contractor who can help revitalize our corn barn (accepting bids and welcoming discounts or pro bono offers).
  • Seeking an active or retired mechanic, who would like to offer their time to occasional volunteer projects on our farm equipment and vehicles

Equipment/Materials 

Can you help out? To offer your time, talents, equipment, or tools, please contact Farm Manger, Andrew Horn at farmmanager@hornfarmcenter.org.


Hometown History at the Horn Farm

Jamie Kinsley, PhD. and Dominish Miller, MLS, hosted an episode of “Hometown History” at the Horn Farm Center on April 28, 2022. In this episode, Jamie and Dom explored “Hellam’s Horn Farm: Growing the Three Sisters, Imperial apples and George’s favorite pawpaw dessert!”

Jamie and Dom also filmed a bonus interview with Sprout of Hope’s  Zach Routson

Click here to watch Hometown History, Season 2, Episode 4

Transform Horn Farm

“Working on the land is where I truly feel alive and vibrant. Where the stresses and little irritations of the world disappear, and the peace and joy of doing something with meaning and purpose nourish my soul to its very core.”  

-Anthony Damiano, 2021 Land Steward Training Program Student 

 


 

The work that we do at the Horn Farm Center is transformative. Not just on the land, but in the minds and hearts of the people we serve. In the next 3 years, we will train over 150 new Land Stewards, equipping them with the skills that they need to bring healing and transformation to their own backyards and communities.

Training 150 land stewards is just one of several new strategic goals.

Following a year-long planning process and the devastating farmhouse fire in 2021, we are moving boldly towards a new vision for the organization. With our new vision, we will:

  • Grow and diversify the Horn Farm Center team 
  • Improve and expand facilities, building as sustainably as possible
  • Transition to perennial agroforestry systems inclusive of animals
  • Become completely carbon neutral by 2028
  • Train 150 new land stewards by 2025 
  • Cultivate a regenerative community of learners and practitioners 
  • Become a bio-regional destination for transformative experiences, ecological learning, and earth-focused skill-building
  • Expand our reach by 25% by 2024, establishing a unique brand, educational content, and communications plan
  • Foster an organizational culture rooted in relationships and values
  • Create regenerative organizational systems and increase capacity to support the organization’s growth and transformation

Our goals are ambitious, especially as we navigate the challenges of rebuilding. But we know that, together with your support, we can accomplish all of these goals and more.

You can make a difference! Please consider donating to the Horn Farm Center. 

While you can donate at any time, the real excitement starts at 12:01am on May 6, 2022 online with Give Local York. We will accept donations throughout the day until midnight on the Horn Farm Center’s Give Local York page.

Thanks to two generous donors, 7group and a Horn Farm Center Board Member, contributions on May 6th will be matched 100% up to $10,000 – that means your donation will go twice as far. 

Join our efforts to Transform Horn Farm by contributing financially to the Horn Farm Center, either by check, online at hornfarmcenter.org/donate/, or during the Give Local York event on May 6th.

2022 marks the start of a new beginning. Help us achieve our goals. Help us Transform Horn Farm!

Sincerely, 

Alexis Campbell, Executive Director

 

 

Horn Farm Happenings – April 15, 2022

Way to Go Golden Knights!

Students at Eastern York High School raised over $600 to help the Horn Farm Center.

Led and organized by the Eastern York National Honor Society (NHS), students held a change war along with canning at a Golden Knights basketball game. The NHS chose Horn Farm Center as the organization to benefit from the change wars because they wanted to help us recover and restore our farmhouse.

We are absolutely honored to accept this donation. And, we are INSPIRED by Eastern York High School students for their incredible generosity and leadership.

We hope that you are inspired too! You can make difference by donating to the Horn Farm Center and supporting our efforts to Transform Horn Farm, starting with Give Local York.

Join us on May 6, 2022 for York County’s biggest day of giving. Together we will Transform Horn Farm!

Click here to learn more and help to Transform Horn Farm.


10th Annual Plant Sale on May 7th

Get your garden growing this spring by shopping at the Horn Farm Plant Sale on May 7, 2022 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.

The 10th Annual Plant Sale will be held at the Horn Farm and features a wide variety of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower starts for home gardening. Newly added this year are grasses, herbaceous perennials, vines, trees, and shrubs.

Unlike last year’s contact-less pick-up, customers can shop for their favorite garden plants on-site. While we are no longer offering online pre-sales, we have an online catalog available for those of you who enjoy planning your garden purchases ahead of time.

The sale features plants grown by the Horn Farm Center and our on-farm partners: Kilgore Family Farm, Betsy’s Flowers, Calyx Native Nursery, and Future Forest Plants. The event will also host local vendors: Ort Family Farm, Zari Herbal, Visual Design Arts, and more!

May 7th is a great day to pick up the plants you need for your garden. In addition to the Horn Farm Plant Sale, you can shop at the Penn State Master Gardener’s Native Plant Sale in Rudy Park.

Click here to learn more and browse online.


Save the Date: May 06, 2022

Mark your calendars for Give Local York. May 6th is York County’s biggest day of giving – and your opportunity to support your favorite non-profits, like the Horn Farm Center!

The real success of Give Local York will not be how much money we raise but the tremendous impact those dollars will have when nonprofits across York County put them to work. Join the movement by supporting the Horn Farm Center on May 6th.


Claim Your Share: Horn Farm CSA

Your weekly box of organically-grown, farm-fresh produce awaits you!

The Horn Farm CSA runs 20 weeks from June through October. Each week offers seasonal, organically-grown produce. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Spring: lettuces, spinach, kale, swiss chard, spring onions, beets, herbs
  • Summer: kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, beets, summer squash, watermelon, cataloupe, onions, herbs, and more!
  • Fall: garlic, beets, turnips, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, swiss chard, spinach

Pick-ups are at the Farm Stand located at 4945 Horn Road on Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30pm. 

Full Share:  $750
Half Share: $400

Click here to register.


   

Over 2,000 New Trees Planted Thanks to Volunteers

Thanks to our friends at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, York College, YCSCT Enviro Club, Watershed Alliance of York, York Master Watershed Stewards, and several other volunteer groups this month, we made signficant progress on our spring tree planting. Volunteers helped to clear brush, remove invasives, and plant trees in our new 4 acre riparian buffer project. We are so thankful for their hard work, enthusiasm, and generous spirit. Together we are protecting York County’s waterways!

This project is funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PennVest, The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Healing the Planet grant program. This project is also supported by the Keystone 10 Million Tree Partnership.


Wanted: Plant Sale Volunteers!

On Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 9:00am-3:00pm we are hosting our 10th Annual Plant Sale at the Horn Farm Center. We need a few helping hands to make sure the event runs smoothly. Volunteer activities include:

  • Set-Up Before the Event
  • Direct Traffic & Parking
  • Restock Plant Tables
  • Clean-Up After the Event
Are you up to the task? We would love to have you on our team! Sign up to volunteer today!

Click here to Volunteer!


Cycle the Solstice is Back!

After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, the 6th Annual Cycle the Solistice benefit bike ride has returned! Join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for Cycle the Solstice, hosted by The Cycle Works of Wrightsville to benefit The Horn Farm Center.

Cycle the Solstice is a 30- or 62-mile bike ride through York and Lancaster counties that showcases the beauty and the bounty of the Susquehanna river valley. Riders will depart from the Horn Farm Center in the morning, riding their chosen loop at their own pace. Along the way, riders will stop at local small business farms and markets for refreshments produced at the farms and other local food and agriculture businesses.

Upon completion of the ride, participants will enjoy a catered lunch and musical entertainment by Bend the Rails, a soulful blend of gutsy folk, blues, and country music. A limited number of lunch tickets are available for those who prefer not to ride but want to enjoy the celebrations at the Horn Farm. Lunch tickets are $15/person and can be purchased on the registration page below.

Click here to register.