Horn Farm Happenings – May 31, 2024

Fascinating Fungi

From their rich medicinal history to their vital roles in ecological cycles, fungi have captivated our curiosity and imagination since the earliest days of our human ancestry.

To embrace and explore this age-old relationship with the fungal world, the Horn Farm Center is partnering with educators from the Eastern Penn Mushroomers Club for a three-part series spotlighting the diversity, versatility, nuance, and significance of nature’s great recyclers.

We’ll enrich our relationships with fungi by exploring their uses and mycology, including cultivation, cooking, biology, land tending, and new frontiers of possibility. In addition, each class will involve a foray in search of fungal specimens at the Horn Farm, conditions permitting.

Join us starting on Saturday, June 8th from 1:30-4:30pm for Fungal Foundations: Spring Mycology Series at the Horn Farm Center!

Learn More about the Fungal Foundations Series

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s a New Restoration Project at Horn Farm!

We are pleased to announce the start of a new land restoration and watershed stewardship project at the Horn Farm Center!In January, Horn Farm Center was awarded $141,145 in grant funding from the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program to undertake a large-scale erosion control and restoration project – just north of our recently established 10 acre riparian buffer (funded by DCNR PennVest). The project will address major soil erosion and water runoff issues upstream on the Horn Farm property that impact the Kreutz Creek, Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

Our project goals include:

  • Stabilizing and restoring 2,100 linear feet of steam beds and banks of 3 unnamed tributaries to Kreutz Creek that are severely eroded;
  • Restoring and/or establishing 5 acres of forested riparian buffer;
  • Creating 1 acre of riparian forested wetlands;
  • And, installing 300 linear feet of a regenerative stormwater step pool conveyance system upstream to capture and infiltrate a portion of runoff during rain events.

The DEP Growing Greener grant will fund the design and permitting phases of the project, which we expect to complete by the end of 2025. Horn Farm Center has partnered with Skelly & Loy, a civil and environmental engineering firm to lead the design. The initial work of assessing the landscape began in April and will continue this summer.

A big thanks to the PA Department of Environmental Protection for valuing the health of our local watersheds and entrusting the Horn Farm Center to do our part. We are absolutely thrilled to further our efforts to build soil health, cultivate wildlife habitat and protect our waterways while continuing to develop new ways to educate our community at the Horn Farm Center.

Photo: Skelly & Loy capturing drone footage to map the project landscape.

Save the Date: Wild & Uncommon Weekend

Celebrating 20 years in 2024, the York County Pawpaw Festival has seen incredible growth. From its humble beginnings as a “Slow Food Pawpaw Dinner” organized by Dick and Judy Bono in 2004, the Pawpaw Festival now attracts over 2000 visitors from across the mid-Atlantic and beyond.

This year, the York County Pawpaw Festival continues to grow – with a new name and new visitor experiences at over 5 locations!

Say hello to the Horn Farm Center’s Wild & Uncommon Weekend: celebrating local food, art, nature…and pawpaws!

The 2024 Wild & Uncommon Weekend will take place from September 27th to 29th, 2024. This regional celebration will spotlight not just the pawpaw, but the diverse ecosystem of local foods, makers, and experiences that make this region so special.

On Saturday, September 28th from 9am to 5pm, the Horn Farm Center will host the signature event of the weekend: our Wild & Uncommon Pawpaw Festival, featuring all of the family fun, education, and local shopping many have enjoyed over the past 20 years!

Stay tuned over the coming months for announcements about the Wild & Uncommon Pawpaw Festival and our NEW Wild & Uncommon Weekend of events!

Click here to learn more.

Supporting Our Mission & Work

Lemon Street Market is an independent and woman-owned grocery store focused on sustainable and healthy living. With many local, organic, vegan, and gluten-free options, Lemon Street Market is open 7 days a week in downtown Lancaster, including their kitchen, serving coffee, tea, espresso, fresh juices, smoothies, and grab-and-go takeout items.

This spring, Lemon Street Market featured Horn Farm Center as part of their #GiveLocal program. Thanks to their ongoing commitment to our mission and the customers who rounded-up at the register, Lemon Street Market raised $2,760 to support the Horn Farm Center!

We are so thankful to Lemon Street Market for their partnership this year.

Summer Solstice: A Makers Spirit Event

Did you know that the Horn Farm Center has a restored 19th century Squirrel Tail Oven? This functional piece of history was reconstructed and revitalized in 2016 as part of our Summer Kitchen renovations – a 4-year long capital project led entirely by dedicated volunteers!At our Summer Solstice Celebration on June 22nd, we’ll be firing up the oven to share fresh-baked goods and demonstrate how things were made here in the past.

We’ll also be celebrating our 20th Anniversary with food, live music, activities, tours, and a campfire with friends, family, and longtime supporters of the Horn Farm Center! All attendees are invited to participate in a potluck meal – if you are able, please bring something to share.

This event is free to attend but please RSVP by June 19th! Click here to RSVP!

Horn Farm Center’s Summer Solstice Celebration is part of Explore York’s Annual Makers Spirit Event, which runs from June 20-22, 2024.

You can download your Passport to York County’s Makers Spirit Event Today! Behind-the-scenes tours, educational demonstrations, and tasty collaborations…the Makers Spirit Event has it all. Be sure to check in at each location to earn points for prizes!

Wellness Wednesdays at Horn Farm

Horn Farm Center’s new Wellness Workshops are designed for holistic wellbeing. As gardeners, land stewards, and outdoor enthusiasts, bringing more attention to our movement and mind can provide lifelong benefit.

In partnership with Firefly Hollow Wellness Center, we are hosting a special series of yoga classes once a month at the Horn Farm Center – at sunset!  Each class features different yoga styles and will be an opportunity to move, stretch, and unwind in the outdoors.

Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our new Wellness Workshops!

Click here to learn more.

Horn Farm Happenings – May 10, 2024

Celebrate with Horn Farm Center!

As part of our 20th anniversary this year, the Horn Farm Center is offering a free community gathering and potluck on Saturday, June 22nd.

Let’s celebrate the start of the summer season together! Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our “throwback” Summer Solstice Celebration, complete with musical entertainment, storytelling, family-friendly activities, free farm tours, and fresh-baked snacks from our historic Squirrel Tail Oven.

Stay tuned for updates as additional offerings make their way to this special community gathering – part of Explore York’s Annual Maker’s Spirit Event. We hope you can join the fun!

Learn More about the Summer Solstice


Thank You for Growing with Us!

Even with drizzle and chill last weekend, the Horn Farm Center’s annual Plant Sale was the place to be! Thank you to all who came out and purchased plants with us!

We enjoyed the warm company of both new and familiar faces in our greenhouse–all folks ready to dig into spring gardening. By purchasing plants from the Horn Farm Center, you supported not just our farm partners, but educational programs and ecological restoration across our community landscape. Thank you for buying local and uplifting our regenerative mission!

Don’t forget: leftover plants are available for self-serve pickup now through Saturday, May 11th. Simply stop in our greenhouse any time during the day and see what’s left. CASH PREFERRED, though we’re accepting checks and PayPal as well.

We’re grateful to our community vendors for braving the weather and bringing so much variety to this year’s Plant Sale!:

Thank you, as well, to our annual sponsors who helped make this Plant Sale possible!
Wishing everyone all the best for a nourishing and fruitful growing season!

You Make a Difference

To all of our supporters for Give Local York, THANK YOU! 

In just 24-hours, 192 donors, 7 matching sponsors, and Horn Farm Center’s Board of Directors raised $40,863.12 to help Perennialize Horn Farm for future generations.

We will always need a space to reconnect with the land, ourselves, and each other. Your donations serve as a financial investment in our mission and future. Just as importantly, it also recognizes our interdependence.

Regenerative land stewardship and ecological learning take a whole community, and we’re grateful to know that our community–like perennial roots–stems far and wide. If you want to see our mission in action, consider joining us for an upcoming class or event. Or, if you didn’t have a chance to support us during Give Local York, you can donate anytime online.

Thank you for valuing our work and ensuring that the Horn Farm Center can serve our community for generations to come. 

We hope to see you soon at the Horn Farm Center!

A special thanks to our 2024 matching sponsors who support our work and mission throughout the year!

How does supporting the Horn Farm Center make a difference? Check out our 2023 Annual Report & 20 Year Perennial Report!

Click here to read the Report

Move, Connect, & Embody

Humans navigate the world differently than our animal kingdom kin. We sit often – at our desks, in our cars, in our homes – and our time outdoors can be limited. Cultivating personal wellness practices can help us connect with ourselves, one another, and natural world.

Horn Farm Center’s new Wellness Workshops are designed for holistic wellbeing. As gardeners, land stewards, and outdoor enthusiasts, bringing more attention to our movement and mind can provide lifelong benefit.

Practical Movement Classes: Aimed at developing a new “movement lens” and building physical resilience by moving, breathing, and observing, this series explores natural movement, breathwork, specific body part exercises, dynamic movements and restorative stretches.

Sunset Yoga: Held once a month at the Horn Farm Center, these classes feature different yoga styles with Firefly Hollow Wellness Center.

Breathe the Biome – Guided Mediation:  Disconnect from the daily stress of life and tune inward during this facilitator-led Guided Meditation class in a natural setting on the Horn Farm! An outdoor meditation practice is sometimes referred to as the Japanese practice of “shin-yin” or “forest bathing” while others may simply just deem it “reconnecting to nature.”

Join us at the Horn Farm Center for our new Wellness Workshops!

Click here to learn more.

Horn Farm Happenings – April 26, 2024

Get Ready to Garden Next Saturday!

We’re one week away from the Horn Farm’s 12th annual Plant Saletaking place on Saturday, May 4th from 9am to 3pm! 

This one-day sale and community event is offered in partnership with Horn Farm Center and Kilgore Family Farm and features a wide variety of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower starts for your home garden.

Other unique plant and community vendors will include:

And back by popular demand, patrons will enjoy musical entertainment by Nodding Onion, an experimental band that uses sound waves from plants to create unique natural soundscapes on which the musicians will improvise.

Make a plan to visit the Horn Farm Plant Sale to get your garden started this year!

The 12th annual Horn Farm Plant Sale is sponsored by:

Learn More about the Horn Farm Plant Sale


Community in Action

What better way to celebrate Earth Day weekend than with over 50 volunteers helping regenerate the land?This past Sunday, we hosted groups from The Stone Independent School, York College Center for Community Engagement, and Paradise Evangelical Lutheran Church for a true riparian buffer marathon. Our intrepid volunteers planted over 100 trees and laid over 5 TONS of rocks around tree tubes as part of ongoing maintenance across the buffer.

Throughout April, we’ve been so grateful for folks (or better, *treeple*) from the Stone Independent School and independent volunteers for helping make ten acres of tending possible. With the added help from YCP and other folks this Sunday, we made it the extra mile! Thank you to our volunteers!

Monday, April 29th is our final tending day of the month. Learn more and sign up to volunteer for the Horn Farm Center’s riparian buffer work.

Eat, Drink, & Give Local for the River

Stop by upstairs at John Wright Restaurant any time between 5PM-9PM on Friday, May 3, to support 9 local organizations that protect and care for York’s streams and rivers. Learn about the unique and collaborative efforts of these organizations to make our community a healthier place to live, work, visit, and play.

There will be a cash bar with appetizers provided. There is no cost to attend this event, but we hope it will get you excited to support the following participating organizations through Give Local York:

  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County
  • Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
  • Master Watershed Steward Program
  • Susquehanna National Heritage Area
  • Watershed Alliance of York

The party will be held in the River Room on the second floor of John Wright Restaurant. Enter the restaurant on Front Street via the ramp. Parking is available at John Wright and on side streets.

Although there is no cost to attend this event, we do ask that you RSVP through Eventbrite so we know how many people will be attending.

Special thank you to our host and presenting sponsor, John Wright Restaurant!

Click here to register for Party for the River – FREE!

Give Local York on May 2-3

This year at the Horn Farm Center, we are seeing in 20/20 vision. 

Looking back over the Horn Farm Center’s 20-year history, we can’t help but look forward to what the next 20 will bring. We hope you’ll join us and help to Perennialize Horn Farm as we continue to foster love for the land and build a bright, blossoming, sustainable future.

We will always need a place where we can reconnect with the land, ourselves, and one another. Your support ensures we can make that happen at the Horn Farm.

This year, you can double your impact on May 2-3 during Give Local York with over $20,000 in matching funds – thanks to our annual sponsors and the Horn Farm Center Board of Directors.

Contributions will be matched online starting on May 2nd at 9:00pm. We will accept donations for 24 hours – until 9:00pm the next day, May 3rd, on the Horn Farm Center’s Give Local York page.

Relax, Rejuvenate & Support Horn Farm

We’d like to thank 1881 Salt Sanctuary in York for featuring us this month!

This month, 2% of all retail sales at 1881 Salt Sanctuary are going to support Horn Farm Center! Learn more about 1881 Salt Sanctuary’s services, events, gift store, and more at their website linked below.

You Make an Impact

How does supporting the Horn Farm Center make a difference? Check out our 2023 Annual Report & 20 Year Perennial Report

THANK YOU to the organizations, businesses, and individuals who supported our work and mission in 2023 and supported the Horn Farm Center through our 20+ years.

Click here to read the Report