Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Horn Farm Happenings – September 20, 2019

We started harvesting wild pawpaws last week. Some went home with CSA shareholders, some went to Locally Seasoned, but most of them will be available at the Pawpaw Festival here at the Horn Farm next weekend, September 28 and 29! We are still looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you’re interested please contact us!

mike with pawpaws

We’ll have multiple varieties including the wild pawpaw available for tasting for a $5 fee.

Also present will be vendors selling native plants including pawpaw trees.
Gino’s Nursery
Heartwood Nursery
Ort Family Farm
River Hills Plants

Other vendors will be:
BeeBee’s All Naturals
Betsy’s Flowers
Locally Seasoned
Noble Earth Kombucha
Rebel Garden Tools
Rising Locust Farm
Susquehanna Apothecary

Come join us on the farm, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 10 to 3. On Sunday, be sure to check out the Pawpaw Food Fest at John Wright Restaurant from 4 to 6!


Upcoming events:

Every week: Farm Stand – Tuesdays 1 to 7 and Saturday 9 to noon at the farm and the Online Farm Stand – pre-order vegetables and flowers for pick up at the farm on Tuesday afternoon.
September 21 – Foraging Plant Walk
September 28/29 – Pawpaw Festival
October 5 – Cooking with Flowers
October 5 – The Living Landscape
October 7 – Kombucha Making
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level
October 15 – Woodland Steward Training Program
October 19 – Foraging: Soups
October 26 – Holiday Harvest Table I
November 2 – The Living Landscape
November 9 – Foraging: Roots
November 9 – Holiday Harvest Table II
November 19 – Bread Baking
December 7 – The Living Landscape
December 14 – Foraging: Winter Offerings
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – September 13, 2019

One month from today, our next cohort of Woodland Stewards will begin their training on the farm!  This program is designed for anyone who wants to learn practical skills in woodland restoration and maintenance, to gain an understanding of ecological succession, and to develop the knowledge and skills to implement regenerative land management practices.

Wilson explainsDo you want to learn to transform degraded woodlands into healthy, biodiverse, productive habitats by using hands-on, ecologically sound techniques? This part-time program is designed to be useful to the professional and the layperson, to landowners and land stewards, activists, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. No previous experience required. We have one space left in our Fall/Winter session which runs from October 14, 2019 to April 13, 2020. Find out more about the Woodland Steward Training Program.

We can expedite environmental restoration by increasing variability in forest structure and habitats. By understanding our role as stewards of the land, and by using techniques based on the behavior of animals that used to inhabit this area, we can expedite increases in biodiversity and the carrying capacity of our semi-wild lands. By restoring our relationship with the land, we can remember the true meaning of what it is to be human–that we are a part of nature, not outside of it. Our future, and the future of this planet, depend on the choices we make today. Find out more about the Woodland Steward Training Program.

heather-planting-treespawpaws planted along stream


Upcoming events:

Every week: Farm Stand – Tuesdays 1 to 7 and Saturday 9 to noon at the farm and the Online Farm Stand – pre-order vegetables and flowers for pick up at the farm on Tuesday afternoon.
September 21 – Foraging Plant Walk
September 28/29 – Pawpaw Festival
October 5 – Cooking with Flowers
October 5 – The Living Landscape
October 7 – Kombucha Making
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level
October 15 – Woodland Steward Training Program
October 19 – Foraging: Soups
October 26 – Holiday Harvest Table I
November 2 – The Living Landscape
November 9 – Foraging: Roots
November 9 – Holiday Harvest Table II
November 19 – Bread Baking
December 7 – The Living Landscape
December 14 – Foraging: Winter Offerings
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – September 6, 2019

Cooking with edible flowers adds another dimension to a dish. Their beautiful colors and delicate flavors can truly take a dish from good to magnificent! On October 5th, from 9:30 to noon, join us for Cooking with Flowers.

Betsy Dorbian operates Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm and will be sharing her knowledge about pairing food and flowers as the instructor of this workshop. We’ll take a walk through the rows of flowers on her farm (located at the Horn Farm) and pick flowers for cooking recipes such as Lavender Blueberry Soup, Flower Embellished Goat Cheese, Savory Flower Spread, and Candied Flower Blossoms. See and taste what lavender, calendula, anise hyssop, nasturtium, and flowering basil can do for your food!
Class size is limited to ten, so register early!


On October 7 from 6 to 8, we’re exploring the art of fermentation during Kombucha Making.

Homemade Fermented Raw Kombucha Tea Ready to Drink

Kombucha is a naturally fermented, delicious beverage filled with probiotics and antioxidants which are known for their many health benefits. Dozens of varieties are available in stores, but kombucha can easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost. In this class we will discuss the origins of kombucha, the magic of the SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), the simple equipment needed to brew kombucha, and the varieties of teas and sugars that result in the best tasting kombucha. We will sample homemade kombucha and store brands for comparison. Each participant will make kombucha in class and leave with a kombucha SCOBY and recipe to continue making their own kombucha at home.
Class will be led by Jolene Smith. Jolene was first introduced to the kombucha SCOBY by her great aunt in 1999. She immediately took an interest in making kombucha, thinking that the SCOBY was the strangest organism she had ever seen. Jolene lives in York, Pennsylvania with her family, two dogs, two cats, and a fish. Her formal education is in Art & Design and Environmental Science.
Class size is limited to ten, so register early!


Tomorrow, Saturday, September 7 from 9 to 11, we’ll be exploring the fields and woods on the lookout for the plants and animals that make their home at the Horn Farm. The Living Landscape is a fun opportunity for adults and children to explore the farm with Woodland Steward Wilson Alvarez. Each month’s class is different based on what the land presents and what questions you ask. Topics covered may include:
Animal and insect tracking
Identification of wild plants
Tree and bark identification
Macro-invertebrates
Soil analysis
Reading the landscape
Nature observation
Bird language
Topography
Understanding water flows
Primitive skills
the living landscapeCome prepared for all weather, to get dirty, wet, and sometimes hot and sticky! This class is family and child friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is per person, regardless of age. Our next The Living Landscape session is Saturday, September 7. See you there!


Upcoming events:

Every week: Farm Stand – Tuesdays 1 to 7 and Saturday 9 to noon at the farm and the Online Farm Stand – pre-order vegetables and flowers for pick up at the farm on Tuesday afternoon.

September 7 – The Living Landscape
September 7 – The Ayurvedic Kitchen
September 10 – Introduction to Canning: Applesauce
September 21 – Foraging Plant Walk
September 28/29 – Pawpaw Festival
October 5 – Cooking with Flowers
October 5 – The Living Landscape
October 7 – Kombucha Making
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level
October 15 – Woodland Steward Training Program
October 19 – Foraging: Soups
October 26 – Holiday Harvest Table I
November 2 – The Living Landscape
November 9 – Foraging: Roots
November 9 – Holiday Harvest Table II
November 19 – Bread Baking
December 7 – The Living Landscape
December 14 – Foraging: Winter Offerings
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!