Horn Farm Happenings – December 22, 2023

Cheers to You!

It’s hard to believe another year is soon gone by. We’re looking back with gratitude for all of the program participants, volunteers, donors, and community partners who supported the Horn Farm Center in 2023! Thank you for your curiosity, your care, and your commitment to our mission of connecting folks to the land.

Like our daily gratitude for soil, water, and biodiversity, we cherish the people who make this work possible.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season, and we’ll see you at the Horn Farm in 2024!

– Horn Farm Center Board of Directors & Staff

A Call to the Wild Ones

To the ones who love to get their hands dirty, the ones who come alive in wild spaces, the ones who know there is more to learn and want to make a difference… we are saving a place for you at the Horn Farm.

Uncover your true power to become an agent of positive change. Discover how to transform degraded landscapes into healthy, biodiverse, productive habitats through ecological learning and hands-on training.

Become a skilled steward of the land at the Horn Farm Center next year: The program runs once a week from February 11 – May 21, 2024.

Now is the time to submit your application and become a 2024 trainee! Apply between now and New Years Eve (12/31/23 at midnight) for $100 OFF the program cost!

SCHOLARSHIPS are also available and given out on a rolling basis. Apply soon to make the most of available scholarship funding AND this extended discount!

Click here to learn more & apply.

The Season for Making a Difference

In the spirit of giving this holiday season? You can make an impact by sharing your talents and offering new or used gifts to the Horn Farm Center!

Here is our “wish list” of items and services that will help further our mission to foster ecological learning through land stewardship, community partnership, and hands-on experiences. 

Expertise & Services

  • Seeking an IT professional who is able to offer occasional technical support
  • Seeking an active or retired mechanic, who would like to offer their time to occasional volunteer projects on our farm equipment and vehicles

Equipment & Materials

Can you help out? To donate your time, talents, equipment, or tools, please contact Project Manager, Anna Echo-Hawk at anna@hornfarmcenter.org.

Want to support our mission in other ways? Consider offering a year-end financial donation to the Horn Farm Center.
All contributions are tax-deductible! Click here to donate to the Horn Farm Center. 

Learn the Art of Beekeeping

Don’t miss you chance to become a beekeeper in 2024! Taught by Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries, the Horn Farm’s Beekeeper Training Program explores beekeeping from its scientific underpinnings to keeping a hive at home.

Over the course of this two year program, participants will work side by side with Mark and other program participants to learn all aspects of keeping bees.

Register soon! The Beekeeper Training Program starts on January 17th. The class meets monthly for 1.5 hour sessions from January until October.  

Click here to register. 

Give the Gift of Learning Experiences

Looking for last minute gift ideas? We offer gift certificates for Horn Farm Center classes and workshops!

Give the gift of a unique learning adventure this year. For more information please contact us at education@hornfarmcenter.org or call 717-757-6441.

Also, don’t forget we have our signature “What Would Nature Do?” t-shirts and limited edition Pawpaw Festival merchandise available for purchase online!

Shop today to support the mission of the Horn Farm Center!
Please note: We cannot provide priority shipping or guarantee that HFC swag will arrive before Christmas.  

Winter Willow Workdays

Last week, we were gifted with a pleasant sunny morning to greet the first Winter Willow Workday of the season!

Volunteers helped to prune, sort, and bundle hundreds of fresh willow rods for the benefit of the land and our community of learners. We grouped together the straight and consistent rods by length and stored them to dry for future basket-weaving ventures. With the surplus rods, we tied together bulky “brushwood bundles” that will be placed along unstable stream banks to reduce sediment loss and provide erosion control.

Interested in helping out with the basketry willow harvest? Join our community Winter Willow Workdays in 2024 at the Horn Farm Center! 

Learn more about agroforestry, coppicing and multifunctional riparian buffers while lending a helping hand this winter!