Horn Farm Happenings – April 27

For the first time ever, on May 4, 2018, our community will be transformed into a community-wide celebration of generosity that benefits hundreds of nonprofit organizations serving York County. This celebration is called Give Local York. We are just one week away from the first-ever Big Give Day in York County! Give Local York happens Friday, May 4 from midnight until 11:59 p.m.! The goal: 200+ nonprofits. 24 hours. $1 million. Please remember the Horn Farm Center when you give!  www.givelocalyork.org

This year the Horn Farm Center will once again offer vegetable community supported agriculture (CSA) shares. We have five CSA options at the Horn Farm in 2018. Our Vegetable CSA, Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm Cut Flower CSA., and, new for 2018, we are partnering with Rising Locust Farm to serve as a drop off location for their Egg CSA, Pork CSA, and Mushroom CSA. There are still a few shares available! Season start is weather dependent and ranges from late May to early June. Sign up today!

bone brothCollagen-rich and nourishing, bone broth is revered for it’s many uses. And it’s easier and less expensive to make than you may think. Learn about the how and the why of pressure cookers, instant pots and slow cookers. Sip your way to a whole new world of goodness. Making Bone Broth takes place Wednesday, May 9. Our instructor, Liza Naylor, is a certified personal chef. Liza expresses her joy of cooking while meeting the goals of healthy everyday eating and using fresh, local ingredients. She has cooked for York’s Farm to City Dinner, the Healthy World Café, and Leg Up Farmers Market. She now shares her talents by leading cooking classes around the region. Space is limited, register today!

tobacco hornwormRaising insects for food and farm use can be fun, entertaining and rewarding – and meet many different needs.
On Saturday, May 12 join William Padilla-Brown for discussion and demonstrations as he takes us on a journey through many different insects and invertebrates – starting with our two ancient aquatic invertebrates, Brine Shrimp and Triops, then our Subterranean Red Wiggler worms, followed by crickets, roaches, mealworms, waxworms, superworms, BSF larvae, hornworms, their beetles, moths, and flies!

Participants will get hands-on time, setting up small habitats to take home with choice of crickets, roaches, mealworms, and/or Red Wiggler Worms. The course will end with a demonstration on how to cook with edible insects and participants who wish may participate in an Entomophagy (the eating of insects). Register today for Raising Insects for Food and Farm!

HEIRLOOM PLANT SALE!! Saturday, May 5, 9 to 32017 plant saleplant-salePlan to get your seedlings at our sixth annual Heirloom Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5th from 9 to 3. More than 10,000 plants in over 300 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers will be available. Most plants are priced at $3.00.

Heirloom varieties are cultivars preserved by gardeners and farmers who hand-select seed for a special trait displayed in the parent plant. Heirlooms were commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but are rarely used in modern, large-scale agriculture.  All plants are grown from non-GMO, non-treated seed using organic methods. Come early for the best selection!

Check out this article about regenerative agriculture in the New York Times Magazine: Can Dirt Save the Earth?

Upcoming events:
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!