Horn Farm Happenings – August 26, 2022

Say It With Flowers: Farewell to Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm 

“Everything must break open in order to live. The seed must break open in order for the tree to grow. The egg must break open in order for life to emerge. The Earth must be turned and the cloud must burst. You were never meant to stay in your shell.”  ― Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen

Betsy Dorbian first became a part of the Horn Farm in 2016 as participant in the Horn Farm Center’s internship program. As she grew her knowledge of regenerative and sustainable farming practices, so did her dream of owning a flower farm. Betsy’s dream became a reality in 2018 as an incubator farmer. Since then, Betsy has been providing beautiful, organically-grown flower bouqets through a weekly CSA and the HFC Farm Stand, along with her interpretations of “The Language of Flowers” to her customers.

As a participating farmer in the Horn Farm Center’s Annual Plant Sale, Betsy has provided local gardeners with an array of specialty flower varieties over the years. Beyond her service to her customers and HFC visitors, Betsy has been an integral part of the Horn Farm Center community. Her warm, generous nature has contributed to the success of the farm over the years.

This year, Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm is in its final season at the Horn Farm Center. To say that we will miss Betsy and her beautiful flowers at the farm is an understatement. However, we are wishing her the best in this new leg of her journey! Betsy will continue to provide flower bouquets at the HFC farm stand through the end of this season.

A Message from Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm: 

“I have made the difficult, but necessary decision to compost Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm. I saw my dream through from conception to maturity, and I loved every moment of the journey. As Thomas Lloyd Qualls says in the above quote, “You were never meant to stay in your shell.” It is time for me to shed my shell and move on to my next dream!

I thank you all for your support this season and over the past 5 years. You have all been so kind with your words, emails, texts and Facebook posts!

For those of you who come to the Horn Farm Center, I plan to still show up there – to visit or to volunteer.  The Farm is too much a part of my heart to just walk away.

I do have some ideas for the future in my “compost” pile. I plan to stay focused on my love of the earth and all of her wondrous gifts. I will stay in touch and keep you posted on my next “emergence”.

A special thanks to Laura Desautels. Laura has been an incredible asset to Betsy’s Flowers as well as an awesome friend. Laura brought her knowledge of native and perennial plants to our fields, and enhanced our bouquets in so many ways. Thanks and love to you, Laura!

I send you all much love and gratitude. Please feel free to stay in touch.” – Betsy


From Volunteering to 19th Century Cooking

Ellen Gibb’s journey with the Horn Farm Center began over 12 years ago in 2010 when she answered the call to help with Tomato Fest, one of the Horn Farm’s founding community events. Little did she know that her volunteer service with the Horn Farm Center would lead her to discover a new passion.

Ellen shared her story on August 8, 2022 at PechaKucha Night York.

Click the video link above to watch her presentation and learn how her passion for 19th Century Cooking was first ignited at the Horn Farm Center!


Volunteers Get Perks!

With less than a month to go until the 2022 York County Pawpaw Festival, we’re excited to share how we’ll be thanking this year’s volunteers! Our complimentary Pawpaw Fest goodies for volunteers include:

🌿 Lunch at the event
🌿 A bag o’pawpaws
🌿 A pawpaw cookbook
🌿 Pawpaw stickers

As of now, we could really use some help on day two of the festival, Sunday, September 25th! Let us know how and when you’d like to volunteer by signing up today using the link below.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar and help us spread spread the word!: hosted by the Horn Farm Center and UPMC, the 2022 York County Pawpaw Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!


Sponsor Highlight: UPMC

UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable health care. As the largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 92,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 4-million-member Insurance Services Division.

In central Pennsylvania, UPMC has seven hospitals, more than 12,000 employees, and 260 primary care and specialty practices, including UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC Magee-Womens, and UPMC Express Care.

The York County Pawpaw Festival is presented by Horn Farm Center and UPMC. UPMC is proud to be the title sponsor of our annual fundraising event and to support the mission of the Horn Farm Center.

Learn more about how UPMC serves the community at UPMC.com/CentralPa.

Click here to learn more about UPMC

 

 


Nutrient Dense Gardening 

This Saturday – Let’s look at how gardeners can enhance living soils, encourage robust microbial soil food webs, and grow tastier crops!

Science has taught us that humans have indispensable microbiomes that primarily support our immune and digestive systems, and it turns out that plants are really not so different. We will explore strategies to ramp up plant health and vigor beginning with a presentation and then moving towards a more hands-on investigation of tangible ways to keep your crops happy!

Join us this Saturday, August 27th at 1:00PM for Nutrient Dense Gardening with Dale Hendricks. 

Click here to Register

Horn Farm Happenings – August 12, 2022

Photo: George Kurzik

Nature Photography: Butterflies & Flowers

In order to connect on a deeper level with our natural surroundings, we must take the time to pause, and notice. Nature photography invites us to notice in new ways –disclosing the vivid intricacies of life that might otherwise pass us by.

Take a journey into noticing with us tomorrow, Saturday, August 13th from 10am-12pm at the Horn Farm Center. Local photographer George Kurzik will lead an interactive session focused on capturing the abundant floral and insect life at the Horn Farm.

This class is suitable for photographers and hobbyists of all skill levels. Join us!

Click here to register!


Hellam Township National Night Out

We had a great time this month participating in Hellam Township’s National Night out! In addition to sharing our mission and upcoming programs, we offered foraged tea samples (wildflower and staghorn sumac tea) to our friends and neighbors. These simple teas were a small glimpse into the bounty and nutrition that our local landscape can provide. To learn more about the hidden edible landscape in Hellam Township, join us for one of our upcoming foraging programs.

A big thanks to Hellam Township and the Hellam Township Police Department for hosting this wonderful community event and for supporting the Horn Farm Center.


Volunteers Wanted: Pawpaw Festival

The 18th Annual York County Pawpaw Festival is right around the corner and we could use your help.  We are looking for volunteers to help with many activities during the event including setting up, parking, and helping at the registration table. The York County Pawpaw Festival benefits regenerative agriculture and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center. Please join us to volunteer on September 24th & 25th! Sign up using the link below.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!


Sponsor Highlight: 7group

7group is a long-time supporter of the Horn Farm Center! From Cycle the Solstice and Pawpaw Festival to our facilities and rebuilding efforts, 7group has been a partner in accomplishing our mission. This year, 7group is ensuring that you can enjoy delicious pawpaws by sponsoring the York County Pawpaw Festival!

7group began more than 20 years ago to help to change how American builders, designers, architects, and owners understood the built environment as sustainable. When they worked on creating the U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification program, they knew that it was the first step towards true sustainability, but not the last.

Together with their clients and colleagues, 7group has been imagining a different way to understand how humans, their built environment, and the natural world around us all live and breathe with each other.

Click here to learn more about 7goup


Growing Your Garden Knowledge Q&A 

“Stop thinking like a gardener, start thinking like an ecosystem.” 

When we begin to understand the most basic processes at play in the garden, we can begin to shift not only the lens through which we see our soil, plants, and the food we eat, but we can transform the role we play in the garden, and the role the garden plays in our life.

Join us for a special interactive program led by Farmer and Forager, Jon Darby. This session (and future Q&A sessions) will consist of conversations around the topics and questions brought or submitted by those participating. We’ll spend time looking at relevant spaces on various areas of the farm – Bring your walking shoes, water bottle, and plenty of questions.

Potential topics covered may include:

  • Soil biology
  • Botany and plant health
  • Weed and insect identification
  • Garden design, techniques and management
  • Watering and irrigation practices
  • Harvesting and processing
  • End of season practices
  • So much more…

Click here to learn more


Celebrate Pawpaws on September 24 & 25

Join us for the 18th annual York County Pawpaw Festival – an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating York County’s beloved pawpaw! This year’s Pawpaw Festival, presented by the Horn Farm Center and UPMC, will be held on September 24th & 25th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center. Things will be a little different this year, due to the 2021 farmhouse fire. However, the festivities will go on! Horn Road will be closed to local traffic at the intersections of Millstone Road and Tracey School Road. Festival-goers will be asked to enter at Millstone Road only. As a fundraiser for the Horn Farm Center, we are requesting a $5.00 donation at the door. All proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and education programs at the Horn Farm Center as we recover from the farmhouse fire. The York County Pawpaw Festival is part of York County Watershed Week in partnership with the Watershed Alliance of York.

Click here for more information. 

Horn Farm Happenings – July 21, 2022

New Summer & Fall Learning Adventures

We have an exciting line up of classes and workshops designed to get you out of your regular routine and into the natural world at the Horn Farm Center.

Starting with our August Foraging and Guided Nature Walk on August 7th, Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez will take adventurers through the wilder space on the farm to explore the edible, medicinal, and alternative uses of plants.

In addition to our monthly forgaging and woodland walks, we have a new series of farm & garden programs.

On August 20th, Jon Darby of Wallicks Farm Project is inviting gardeners to bring their gardening questions to Growing Your Garden Knowledge Q&A . Together we will explore your questions about soil biology, plant health, weeds and insects, garden design and more! And, on October 1st Jon will teach a new Hugelkultur Workshop.

On August 27th, Dale Hendricks from Green Light Plants will share his experience with Nutrient Dense Gardening and discuss how gardeners can enhance living soils, encourage robust microbial soil food webs, and grow tastier crops.

Later in the fall, Dale Hendricks will present the fascinating history and story of pioneer agroforester, John Hershey, Friend of Trees.

And don’t forget our fall Backyard Composting classes, which are led by Farm Manager, Andrew Horn in partnership with York County Solid Waste Authority.

Beyond the farm fields, we will discover the creative side of nature appreciation with Butterfly & Floral Nature Photography led by George Kurzik on August 13th.

Back by popular demand, Calyx Liddick of Northern Appalachia School will be leading Women’s Intro to Foraging on August 12th. Led by a woman, for women only, this plant focused class will discuss the essentials of foraging, including plant identification, terminology, safety, medicinal and edible uses of plants, and honorable harvest.

Finally, for those who want to take a deep dive into foraging skills please join us for Foraging Foundations Weekend with Jon Darby of Riverbend Foraging.

For a full list of summer and fall programs, view the program list at the bottom of this page or visit our website via the link below. See you at the farm!

Click here for a list of upcoming programs. 


What’s New at the Farm

What’s a day in the life at Horn Farm these days? Breaking a sweat and beautifying the new (temporary) office space donated earlier this summer by our friends at the Lancaster Conservancy! We’re grateful for the support from our community partners while we undergo the contracting process and begin solidifying plans for our farmhouse reconstruction.


Volunteers Wanted: Pawpaw Festival

The 18th Annual York County Pawpaw Festival is right around the corner and we could use your help.  We are looking for volunteers to help with many activities during the event including setting up, parking, and helping at the registration table.

The York County Pawpaw Festival benefits regenerative agriculture and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center. Please join us to volunteer on September 24th & 25th! Sign up using the link below.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!


Farm To Freezer at Horn Farm

The Horn Farm Center is a hub for local resilience. Despite its best efforts the lightning strike of 2021 did not stop us from leading the way in regenerative farming, ecological education, and community partnership this year. We couldn’t do so without our on-farm partners. After a short hiatus due to the fire, Farm to Freezer is back in the summer kitchen, running their local food business at the Horn Farm. 
The pandemic may have put an end to their popular meal prep sessions, but Farm to Freezer switched gears to a biweekly pick up/delivery service of prepared freezer meals. Customers can select items a la carte or order the whole menu. There is no commitment, order as often as you’d like and skip weeks when you care to.

Add Farm to Freezer’s delicious meals to your weekly meal planning and take the hassle out of finding recipes. The ingredients are locally sourced and freshly prepared – then offered to you as freezer meals that are easy to cook at home. This time of year much of the produce is sourced from right here at the Horn Farm!

For questions or additional information, please contact Mary Ellen Martin, info@FarmToFreezerYork.com

Click here to sign up for Farm to Freezer Mailing List


Celebrate Pawpaws on September 24 & 25

Join us for the 18th annual York County Pawpaw Festival – an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating York County’s beloved pawpaw!

This year’s Pawpaw Festival, presented by the Horn Farm Center and UPMC, will be held on September 24th & 25th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center.

Things will be a little different this year, due to the 2021 farmhouse fire. However, the festivities will go on! Horn Road will be closed to local traffic at the intersections of Millstone Road and Tracey School Road. Festival-goers will be asked to enter at Millstone Road only.

As a fundraiser for the Horn Farm Center, we are requesting a $5.00 donation at the door. All proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and education programs at the Horn Farm Center as we recover from the farmhouse fire.

The York County Pawpaw Festival is part of York County Watershed Week in partnership with the Watershed Alliance of York.

Click here for more information.