Horn Farm Happenings – August 12, 2022

Photo: George Kurzik

Nature Photography: Butterflies & Flowers

In order to connect on a deeper level with our natural surroundings, we must take the time to pause, and notice. Nature photography invites us to notice in new ways –disclosing the vivid intricacies of life that might otherwise pass us by.

Take a journey into noticing with us tomorrow, Saturday, August 13th from 10am-12pm at the Horn Farm Center. Local photographer George Kurzik will lead an interactive session focused on capturing the abundant floral and insect life at the Horn Farm.

This class is suitable for photographers and hobbyists of all skill levels. Join us!

Click here to register!

Hellam Township National Night Out

We had a great time this month participating in Hellam Township’s National Night out! In addition to sharing our mission and upcoming programs, we offered foraged tea samples (wildflower and staghorn sumac tea) to our friends and neighbors. These simple teas were a small glimpse into the bounty and nutrition that our local landscape can provide. To learn more about the hidden edible landscape in Hellam Township, join us for one of our upcoming foraging programs.

A big thanks to Hellam Township and the Hellam Township Police Department for hosting this wonderful community event and for supporting the Horn Farm Center.

Volunteers Wanted: Pawpaw Festival

The 18th Annual York County Pawpaw Festival is right around the corner and we could use your help.  We are looking for volunteers to help with many activities during the event including setting up, parking, and helping at the registration table. The York County Pawpaw Festival benefits regenerative agriculture and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center. Please join us to volunteer on September 24th & 25th! Sign up using the link below.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

Sponsor Highlight: 7group

7group is a long-time supporter of the Horn Farm Center! From Cycle the Solstice and Pawpaw Festival to our facilities and rebuilding efforts, 7group has been a partner in accomplishing our mission. This year, 7group is ensuring that you can enjoy delicious pawpaws by sponsoring the York County Pawpaw Festival!

7group began more than 20 years ago to help to change how American builders, designers, architects, and owners understood the built environment as sustainable. When they worked on creating the U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification program, they knew that it was the first step towards true sustainability, but not the last.

Together with their clients and colleagues, 7group has been imagining a different way to understand how humans, their built environment, and the natural world around us all live and breathe with each other.

Click here to learn more about 7goup

Growing Your Garden Knowledge Q&A 

“Stop thinking like a gardener, start thinking like an ecosystem.” 

When we begin to understand the most basic processes at play in the garden, we can begin to shift not only the lens through which we see our soil, plants, and the food we eat, but we can transform the role we play in the garden, and the role the garden plays in our life.

Join us for a special interactive program led by Farmer and Forager, Jon Darby. This session (and future Q&A sessions) will consist of conversations around the topics and questions brought or submitted by those participating. We’ll spend time looking at relevant spaces on various areas of the farm – Bring your walking shoes, water bottle, and plenty of questions.

Potential topics covered may include:

  • Soil biology
  • Botany and plant health
  • Weed and insect identification
  • Garden design, techniques and management
  • Watering and irrigation practices
  • Harvesting and processing
  • End of season practices
  • So much more…

Click here to learn more

Celebrate Pawpaws on September 24 & 25

Join us for the 18th annual York County Pawpaw Festival – an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating York County’s beloved pawpaw! This year’s Pawpaw Festival, presented by the Horn Farm Center and UPMC, will be held on September 24th & 25th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center. Things will be a little different this year, due to the 2021 farmhouse fire. However, the festivities will go on! Horn Road will be closed to local traffic at the intersections of Millstone Road and Tracey School Road. Festival-goers will be asked to enter at Millstone Road only. As a fundraiser for the Horn Farm Center, we are requesting a $5.00 donation at the door. All proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and education programs at the Horn Farm Center as we recover from the farmhouse fire. The York County Pawpaw Festival is part of York County Watershed Week in partnership with the Watershed Alliance of York.

Click here for more information.