Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Horn Farm Happenings – February 14, 2020

We just added these new classes to the Horn Farm calendar. Check them out!

On March 21st, we’ll be exploring Vinegar Making. Why make vinegar at home? It’s cheap, delicious, and adds nuances of flavors to food. It is made using a “mother” so you get all the probiotic health benefits. It’s a wonderful way to utilize scraps from your kitchen that would either be thrown into the garbage or the compost.  And best of all… It’s easy!


Bring your children to the farm! We are excited to offer these four sessions for children, aged 6-12, in our Children’s Discovery Series.

Children’s Discovery Series
May 24: Nature Exploration

Children will be led on a short hiking exploration where they will be encouraged to observe, hear, and feel the natural environment and their existence as a part of it, while engaging in a nature scavenger hunt that teaches about some local wildlife and plants! Play an investigative game of what things in our environment might be trying to tell us and with which ones we can safely interact. Learn about edible flowers and how/where to safely harvest and enjoy a homemade Violet Strawberry Popsicle harvested with respect to the plants. Through investigative and creative play, children will learn about the interconnected web of life, where we fit in it, and how we can work together with our environment.


Children’s Discovery Series
June 7: What Impact Are You Leaving?

What does it mean to leave no trace and why is it even important? What does it take to sustain life and how can we support it? Examine what seemingly small things in our environment could actually be full habitats and how we can interact with them in a non-disruptive way. Learn what things to consider to monitor our impact and work as cooperatively as possible with the environment through a role-playing outdoor ethics game and test what you’ve learned through a creative ball throwing game. Build a small self-sustaining ecosystem and learn how it survives (children will be given choices and asked to consider what and how they are creating). There will be some dirt sifting, possible mud searching, and seed planting involved so please dress appropriately.


monarda and echinacea in palms

Photo: Michelle Johnsen


Children’s Discovery Series
June 14: The Healing Power of Plants

Explore the healing powers of nature: trees, flowers, and plants! Be prepared, you might be asked to hug a tree! Children will be encouraged to experience the vibrational energy of the flowers that grow on Horn Farm in a variety of colors and shapes! A role-playing-game will illustrate how this energy affects us and how we can share it with one another as we interact! We will also explore the healing nature of herbs, learn how to make an instant plantain poultice for stings and bites, and even create an herbal salve. We take care to harvest all herbs in a way that is life-sustaining to the plant and children leave with the understanding that we can use these natural resources without depleting them.

Children’s Discovery Series
June 28: Seed to Table
Come harvest and prepare some yummy and nutritional snacks for yourself! Kimber will use her skills as a former Executive Chef to guide kids through the preparation of a snack they will enjoy! All ingredients will be freshly harvested in a way that is careful not to harm the plant, and we will talk about how nurturing the plants comes back to us. We will make Zucchini Pasta with Chive & Dandelion Lemon Pesto and Chocolate Zucchini Cookies. (Nut, sugar, artificial sweetener, dye, and gluten free – and trust us, they will like it!)


Let’s go Exploring the Inner Landscape! We focus on the outer landscape most of the time. What about the inner landscape? 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.

Learning to read an astrological chart is a tool for exploring the inner landscape that can help you to understand yourself and other people in new ways. Though knowing your sun sign is important, it’s not the only predictor of the challenges and opportunities you may experience in your life. As with any ecosystem, it’s the relationships between and among the inhabitants that are most important. Click here to find out more about Exploring the Inner Landscape!


Upcoming events:
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 21 – Home Vinegar Making
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 4 – Exploring the Inner Landscape
April 11 – Community Gardens Orientation Day
April 11 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Shelter Building and Finding Water
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
April 27 – Woodland Steward Training Program
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
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!

Horn Farm Happenings – February 7, 2020

We have so much to share with you this week. Read on!

On Wednesday, we held a full day workshop called Designing a Regenerative Farmscape as part of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) annual conference. We shared the process we used to create the Land Use Management Plan and implementation strategy for the Horn Farm. People came from as near as York County and as far away as Walla Walla, Washington to be part of the workshop!

After listening to the story of the Horn Farm design process, we spent a few hours touring the farm and looked at ways we have begun to reconnect the farm fields and the semi-wild spaces on the farm. We also share the growing methods we are using to protect and improve soil and water quality and to increase habitat for the missing plants and other creatures who would naturally make their homes on the farm.

Then the 25 participants spent time applying the design process to their own farms.

Thank you to everyone who made such a wonderful day possible!


We are recruiting for the April to October session of the Woodland Steward Training Program! Learn to transform degraded woodlands into healthy, biodiverse, productive habitats through hands-on, ecologically sound techniques. This training provides foundational knowledge and practical skills for those interested in learning how to manage wooded and semi-wild areas in ways that can meet human needs, improve biodiversity, restore woodland health, and regenerate degraded landscapes. Find out more: Woodland Steward Training Program!


2019-farm-interns

The Horn Farm CSA has been an important way for us to connect with you, our local community, since 2016 when we began our farming internship. The internship was designed as a way for people with little to no farming experience to learn to grow a wide range of vegetables for themselves or for market.

Each year, we look back on the season and make changes where needed. As we’ve begun to weave together the fields and forests with the introduction of perennial crop systems, we are redesigning the internship once again. Because we’re expanding the scope of topics we are teaching program participants, we will be offering fewer CSA shares for the 2020 season to make time for an enhanced learning experience.CSA pick up day

While we may be shrinking the number of CSA shares, we will be expanding the range of share items to include things that grow in the woods and other semi-wild spaces on the farm. Here’s what you can expect….

Seasonal produce – You’ll find a selection very much what you’ve come to expect. There will be plenty of greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and potatoes, for example, but, in some cases, these will be available in fewer varieties or for a shorter period of time, but all the seasonal favorites will be present.

Wild foods from the edges – As a way to showcase the vast abundance and nutrition of the landscape we’ll be incorporating the occasional wild greens, roots, berries, and more. This will give our training program participants the opportunity to learn about the identification and harvest of wild plants and give you the opportunity to try some things that may be new to you. We’ll be sure to include details in our CSA newsletter on what you’re receiving and how to use them.

Powdered greens mixes – Occasionally you will receive a dried, powdered mix of both cultivated and wild greens. These can be added to soups, smoothies, and breads as a way to incorporate flavor and nutrition.This preservation method extends the length of time we can enjoy the mid-season abundance.

Forest products – In the process of regenerating our woodlands, we create byproducts like firewood, bio-char (an amazing fertilizer!), charcoal, etc. that you may find valuable.

Flowers – We’ll be incorporating the occasional bouquet to brighten your home. These bouquets will consist of both cultivated and wild flowers.

If you’re up for this adventure, there are only a few spots left, so sign up today! More information and registration here!


For meat and eggs, the Horn Farm is a pick up location for Rising Locust Farm. Their spring CSA meat pick ups begin next week. Other pick up locations are available. Check out the Rising Locust website for all the details!


Registration is open for the Community Gardens! The Community Garden program at the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education offers soil lovers and aspiring farmers the opportunity to grow fresh, chemical-free food on prime farmland in the company of other enthusiastic and dedicated gardeners. Garden plots are rented annually from April 1st through March 31. Each plot measures approximately 20 x 20 feet. Plots are assigned on a “First Come, First Served” basis. Returning gardeners will retain their previous plots unless otherwise requested.


Upcoming events:
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 4 – Exploring the Inner Landscape
April 11 – Community Gardens Orientation Day
April 11 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Shelter Building and Finding Water
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
April 27 – Woodland Steward Training Program
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 23 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
June 2 – Horn Farm CSA

Custom Classes & Workshops

See you at the farm!

Horn Farm Happenings – January 31, 2020

Come learn about the land by looking through the eyes of the species that inhabit wild spaces! Join us tomorrow, Saturday, February 1, from 9 to 11 for an ecological adventure walk through the woodlands and the meadows of the Horn Farm Center. Time on the farm will spark your sense of wonder and teach you about all aspects of the land we call home. This month’s focus will be tracking, bird identification, tree identification, and winter survival skills. Find more information and register here: The Living Landscape


We believe that individual actions in great numbers are the way we will make make a difference in these uncertain times. That’s why we focus on sharing the skills and knowledge that empower people to be stewards of the land. We are offering three classes in February and March aimed at people interested in being better stewards of the yards and gardens where they live. On February 29, join us for Native Plants for Winter Interest and Wildlife.


On March 14, we will look at ways to save time and money by integrating native plants as groundcovers in your home garden! Check out:  Green Mulch: Native Plants as Groundcovers


Then we will look at ways to manage water during Stormwater Management 101 for Homeowners on March 28.


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 ProgramThe Regenerative Farming Training Program kicks off in just one month! 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 – Community Gardens Orientation Day
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!