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. 

Horn Farm Happenings – April 1, 2022

What (or Who) is Miyawaki?

The Miyawaki Method is an incredibly effective technique for quickly transforming degraded landscapes into thriving forest ecosystems.  First originated in the 1950s by Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist, this planting method mimics natural forest ecosystems and has many benefits over more traditional approaches.

High biodiversity and density are key components of Miyawaki forests. In addition to intensive soil preparation, the process involves planting a wide variety of native species in close proximity. Trees planted using the Miyawaki Method grow very fast, jump starting the forest creation process and capturing more carbon.

In 2018, the Horn Farm Center began experimenting with the Miyawaki Method in a small demonstration plot on the farm. Using species native to our bio-region, our team established one of the first deciduous Miyawaki plantings in the United States. The project was designed and led by Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez.

We discovered that the trees and shrubs planted using the Miyawaki Method grew 8 to 10 times faster than those using traditional methods. Since the success of this first planting, we have utilized the Miyawaki Method for a number of tree plantings, including our multifuntional riparian buffer project.

In the past 4 years, our work has doubled the biodiversity on the farm and created new habitat for a multitude of bird and insect species. And, our original demonstration plot is now beginning to produce seeds that will spread that biodiversity across the entire landscape!

Want to learn more about this cutting-edge technique and tour the Miyawaki demonstration plot at the Horn Farm Center? Join us for “Miyawaki 101” with Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez on Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Click here to learn more and register. 


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.


A Huge Helping Hand & A Small Step Toward Rebuilding

This past weekend, thanks to The York Water Company, the Rotary Club of York Preserve Planet Earth Committee, and a few hardworking volunteers, we took a few small steps towards rebuilding!

In order to construct an access road for heavy construction equipment at the Lake Williams Dam project site, some mature evergreens needed to be timbered. The York Water Company generously donated some of this timber to help rebuild at the Horn Farm Center. On Saturday, we spent the day milling the donated timbers into dimensional lumber that will be used for our new building and other projects around the farm.

The positivity and excitement in the air was inspiring. Thank you York Water Company, Rotary Club of York, and our dedicated volunteers!


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!