Horn Farm Happenings – August 11

Food - From the Ground UpLearn about food, from the ground up! What does healthy soil have to do with a healthy body? Everything! notes Dr. Daphne Miller in her book, Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up. York County Libraries invite readers to visit the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education on Saturday, August 19 from 10am – 12pm to discover the importance of having good, healthy soil to produce the food we need to thrive.

The morning’s activities include a 1-hour farm tour at 10 am. Meet at the corn barn (small barn). Produce will be for sale at the Farm Stand until noon. Children’s activities with Kreutz Creek Library include a story time and craft, a scavenger hunt, and then Music and Movement with Mark DeRose at 11 am. Admission is free.

Libraries throughout Central Pennsylvania are reading Dr. Daphne Miller’s Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up as part of A Summer Read, a partnership with Wellspan Health and WITF’s Transforming Health. Dr. Miller notes that agriculture has everything to do with medicine. She is convinced that a farm internship should be a required part of medical training, and vice versa. “My time spent learning from farmers and researchers has made me think beyond food as medicine to farm as medicine.” In her book, Miller discovers how healthy soil can produce a healthy immune system. Copies of Farmacology are available to borrow at participating libraries and will be available to purchase at the event. For more information on A Summer Read, visit http://transforminghealth.org.

This week two new Eagle Scout projects were installed at the Horn Farm.  Dalton Keller built and installed this purple martin house.

purple martin houseLiam Skroly built and installed two bat boxes. Each box can house up to 400 bats! Bats are welcome at the farm because they eat insects which like to eat our vegetables.Liam Skroly Bat Boxes
bat box install
bat box installation crewDalton is the boy second from the left, and Liam is the boy in the red shirt. Thank you Boy Scouts!

Horn Farm farm stand 2017The Farm Stand is open Saturdays from 9 to noon. In addition to tomatoes, we’ll have onions, potatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, green beans, cantaloupe, fresh cut flowers, and more! All grown here at the Horn Farm using better than organic methods.

Upcoming events:
Foraging – August 12
Food from the Ground Up – August 19
MicroHerding Invertebrates – August 26
Hugelkultur – September 9
Cooking Venison – September 9
Roasted Vegetables – September 12
Foraging – September 18
Tending the Susquehanna Riverlands – September 22/23
Pawpaw Festival _ September 23/24
The Art of Seeing and the Science of Observation – September 24
Edible Ecosystems Emerging: Food Forestry for the 21st Century – October 13 – 22

See you at the Farm!