Horn Farm Happenings – March 4

Brandon Sprenkle mounting display case he made for his Eagle Scout projectBrandon Sprenkle with Eagle Scout Project
Last Saturday, Scoutmaster George Gayman supervised his 70th Eagle Scout project. Not all 70 projects are at the Horn Farm! One you’re all familiar with is the Horn Farm sign that you can see from Route 30. That sign has introduced the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education to thousands of people. We are delighted to have had Boy Scout Brandon Sprenkle design and build the two display cases on the front porch wall. We plan to fill these beautiful cases with examples of the plants and animals that live on the Horn Farm. Thank you!

Do you ever wish you could make your own bread? It’s easier than you think. On Saturday, March 11, join master bakers Ellen Gibb and Gary Jones in our summer kitchen for a full day bread baking. Step by step hands on instruction– from recipe selection to knowing when it’s time to take the bread from the oven, you’ll learn it all. Space is limited. More information and registration…

Calling all wild food enthusiasts! Ramp up your skills by taking our 9 month Foraging Intensive. You’ll learn:
Foraging basics and precautions
Ethics of foraging and other considerations
Plant observation
Basic botany & ecology
Plant identification – meadow and woodland species
Foraging for mushrooms
Medicinal and culinary uses for wild plants
Harvesting, preparation, and preservation
Making plant medicine
Utilitarian uses – cordage, basket making, tools
The first monthly class meets Saturday, March 25. More information and registration…

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Craving some farm time?

Bread Baking Class in Horn Farm Summer Kitchen

Here are a few ways you can get some Horn Farm time:

  1. Learn to bake bread – By popular demand, we’re hosting another bread baking workshop, this time a full day of baking on Saturday, March 11. Come and enjoy a full day of baking bread- all the steps from recipe selection to enjoying a slice of just baked bread.
  2. Volunteer Work Day – we are looking for a few people who want to put on their work gloves to get the farm ready for the season. March 4th marks the first monthly volunteer work day to take place the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up here!
  3. More volunteer opportunities–new this year we have volunteer opportunities listed on our website. You can sign up for the March 4 work day, or perhaps you’d like to help out at the Pennsylvania Garden Show of York (PAGSY) at the York Fairgrounds. We need people to work the Horn Farm table–sharing stories of what we do at the Horn Farm and distributing class calendars. Time slots are available on March 3, 4, and 5.
  4. Love the work we do at the Horn Farm? Join the community of people who make our work possible by donating today! Thank you!

Thinking Like an Ecosystem

first day in the greenhouse

We believe in working cooperatively as part of Nature.  This belief is at the core of permaculture design. Learn the basics of thinking like an ecosystem in our popular Introduction to Permaculture class on April 9th.

In March, join us for a two-day Land Regeneration workshop on ways to restore ecosystem health by applying the principles and techniques of disturbance-based forest management. We can expedite environmental restoration by increasing variability in forest structure and habitats. Learn ways to guide land toward health and biodiversity with thoughtfully chosen disturbance events. A wooded area with an eroded stream bed overgrown with ‘invasive’ plant species will be our classroom. Click here for more information or to register.

We started planting in the greenhouse this week! We’re getting ready for the Heirloom Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6 as well as growing plants for our CSA members. We still have shares available for pick up either at the Horn Farm as well as at Seventh & George near the intersection of routes 30 and 83.

Calling all wild food enthusiasts! Our monthly Foraging and 2017 Foraging Intensive classes start in March. Find out more and register here.

Love the work we do at the Horn Farm? Join the community of people who make our work possible by donating today! Thank you!