Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Horn Farm Happenings – January 24, 2020

Become a skilled steward of the land! Learn to feed yourself and your community using farming practices that restore ecological balance to the land.

Program participants in the Regenerative Farming Training Program2020 marks the fifth season of our Regenerative Farming Training Program! Over the years we’ve tweaked the name and the curriculum, but this eight month program has been valuable to all who’ve participated.  We teach farming practices that restore damaged ecosystems while producing food for our community. Emphasis is placed on learning to see the farm as a whole, highly integrated, agricultural ecosystem. We have started interviewing for this program which begins March 2. Click here to get the details or forward this newsletter to someone you feel might be interested!


Upcoming events:
February 1 – The Living Landscape
February 5 to 8 – PASA Conference
February 29 – Native Plants for Winter Interest and Wildlife
March 2 – 2020 Regenerative Farming Training Program
March 7 – The Living Landscape
March 14 – Green Mulch: Native Plants as Groundcovers
March 28 – Stormwater Management 101 for Homeowners
March 28 – Foraging Intensive
March 28 – WIldlands – Primitive Skills: The Art of Seeing and the Art of Observation
April 1 – Community Gardens open (weather permitting)
April 11 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Shelter Building and Finding Water
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 23 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – January 17, 2020

We are delighted to announce that 2020 marks the first year that the whole 186 acre Horn Farm will be managed organically! The Horn Farm subleases 95 acres of the farm to the Flinchbaugh family. For the past 30 years, they’ve been raising corn, wheat, and soybeans on the farm. During that time they’ve implemented many soil conservation practices such as grass swales, contour planting, and no-till farming. Starting this year Andy Flinchbaugh has decided to begin the transition to certified organic production. He is committed to maintaining soil health by using a no-till system, so he is among the first farmers to implement an organic, no-till system in Pennsylvania!

Farmer Andy Flinchbaugh (left) and Horn Farm Executive Director, Alyson Earl are excited to bring organic farming to the entire farm!

Farmer Andy Flinchbaugh (left) and Horn Farm Executive Director, Alyson Earl are excited to bring organic farming to the entire farm!

Among other things, organic farming methods prohibit the use of herbicides or GMO seed. Most no-till farming relies on using crops bred to withstand the application of herbicide to kill weeds. This organic, no-till system involves planting cover crops in the fall. In the spring they will continue to grow, and prior to planting, these crops will be flattened. Done properly, this flattening with a roller crimper kills the cover crop which dies and acts as a mulch on the soil. Seeds are then planted through the mulched cover crop using a drill seeder.

Rye grass planted on fields to be planted with wheat then soybeans

Rye grass planted on fields to be planted with wheat then soybeans.

The mulched cover crop acts as protection for the soil, prevents the growth of weeds, prevents erosion, and feeds the soil organisms  all of which improve soil health which increases crop yields. Win, win, win!

hairy vetch and triticale

Hairy vetch (a plant that transforms atmospheric nitrogen into soil borne nitrogen available to crops) and triticale were planted on fields where corn (a heavy nitrogen feeder) will be planted.

Roller crimper in action

A roller crimper in action

In doing his research on transitioning to organic production, Andy worked with Heidi Myer an agronomist at Penn State Extension – York, John Wallace a weed scientist for Penn State, and Sam Malriat an Organic Crop Consultant at the Rodale Institute.


Upcoming events:
February 1 – The Living Landscape
February 5 to 8 – PASA Conference
February 29 – Native Plants for Winter Interest and Wildlife
March 2 – 2020 Regenerative Farming Training Program
March 7 – The Living Landscape
March 14 – Green Mulch: Native Plants as Groundcovers
March 28 – Stormwater Management 101 for Homeowners
March 28 – Foraging Intensive
March 28 – WIldlands – Primitive Skills: The Art of Seeing and the Art of Observation
April 1 – Community Gardens open (weather permitting)
April 11 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Shelter Building and Finding Water
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 23 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – January 10, 2020

Become a skilled steward of the land! Learn to feed yourself and your community using farming practices that restore ecological balance to the land.

Program participants in the Regenerative Farming Training Program2020 marks the fifth season of our Regenerative Farming Training Program! Over the years we’ve tweaked the name and the curriculum, but this eight month program has been valuable to all who’ve participated.  We teach farming practices that restore damaged ecosystems while producing food for our community. Emphasis is placed on learning to see the farm as a whole, highly integrated, agricultural ecosystem. We have started interviewing for this program which begins March 2. Click here to get the details or forward this newsletter to someone you feel might be interested!


Upcoming events:
February 1 – The Living Landscape
February 5 to 8 – PASA Conference
February 29 – Native Plants for Winter Interest and Wildlife
March 2 – 2020 Regenerative Farming Training Program
March 7 – The Living Landscape
March 14 – Green Mulch: Native Plants as Groundcovers
March 28 – Stormwater Management 101 for Homeowners
March 28 – Foraging Intensive
March 28 – WIldlands – Primitive Skills: The Art of Seeing and the Art of Observation
April 1 – Community Gardens open (weather permitting)
April 11 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Shelter Building and Finding Water
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 23 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!