This week the Horn Farm Board of Directors learned more about how a woodland restoration is a key component of regenerative agriculture.Woodland Steward Wilson Alvarez shared information about forest ecology and the progress being made clearing and building trails. The bulk of the work is being done by students from Columbia High School who are part of a vocational training program. In the fall, when the students first started coming to the Horn Farm they acted withdrawn and unenthusiastic and were reluctant to participate. As they learned about the ecology of the forest and how to restore it with proper use of simple hand tools, both they and the woodland were transformed. For example, one student named Jerry now reads the landscape and decides where the next stretch of trail should go. His confidence in his own abilities has soared and he eagerly welcomes and trains new volunteers. We recently learned that school attendance rates have gone up since these students began volunteering at the Horn Farm each week.
This project is good for the woods, good for the farm, and good for the people who reconnect to the land!
We’ve been as busy as bees! There’s so much work to do that we’re excited to announce that we are hiring! The Horn Farm is growing and we are looking to hire our first ever Executive Assistant. This is a part-time position. We seek applicants who share our passion for regenerative agricultural practices. Preference is for applicants interested in transitioning to full-time employment as the organization grows. Click here for a complete job description and application instructions.
Volunteers! Have you got a few hours to spend telling people about the Horn Farm? We are looking for volunteers to represent the Horn Farm Center at these upcoming events:
Sunday, April 22 — Pachamama Alliance Earth Day Event: Awaken the Dreamer: 2-6pm at 1031 Sprenkle Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
Saturday, June 2 — Riverlands Trail Festival: 10 am to 3 pm at Columbia Crossing
Saturday, August 11 — York County Master Gardeners’ Open House at Rudy Park 9 am to 12:30 pm
We will supply you with information to display and brochures to share. To volunteer or for more information, please email us!
The Community Garden season kicks off tomorrow! Orientation for new gardeners takes place at 10 am. We still have some plots left, so reserve your space today and start gardening tomorrow!
April 14 – Community Gardens Open/Orientation 10 a.m.
April 14 – Wilderness Skills: Shelter & Water
April 21 – Wilderness Skills: Fire
April 21 – Monthly Foraging
April 28 – Garden Planning
April 29 – Low-tech Mushroom Cultivation
May 4 – Give Local York
May 4 – Horn Farm Pizza Night at John Wright Restaurant
May 5 – Heirloom Plant Sale
May 5 – Wilderness Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 9 – Making Bone Broth
May 12 – Raising Insects for Food and Farm
May 12 – Wilderness Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
May 13 – MAEscapes Native Plant Sale
May 15 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew (begins)
May 17 – Monthly Foraging
May 19 – Insect Identification and Management
June 2 – Introduction to Permaculture
June 16 – Monthly Farm Tour – Third Saturday
June 16 – Introduction to Plant Communication
June 23 – Cycle the Solstice
See you at the farm!