We are delighted to announce that 2020 marks the first year that the whole 186 acre Horn Farm will be managed organically! The Horn Farm subleases 95 acres of the farm to the Flinchbaugh family. For the past 30 years, they’ve been raising corn, wheat, and soybeans on the farm. During that time they’ve implemented many soil conservation practices such as grass swales, contour planting, and no-till farming. Starting this year Andy Flinchbaugh has decided to begin the transition to certified organic production. He is committed to maintaining soil health by using a no-till system, so he is among the first farmers to implement an organic, no-till system in Pennsylvania!
Among other things, organic farming methods prohibit the use of herbicides or GMO seed. Most no-till farming relies on using crops bred to withstand the application of herbicide to kill weeds. This organic, no-till system involves planting cover crops in the fall. In the spring they will continue to grow, and prior to planting, these crops will be flattened. Done properly, this flattening with a roller crimper kills the cover crop which dies and acts as a mulch on the soil. Seeds are then planted through the mulched cover crop using a drill seeder.
The mulched cover crop acts as protection for the soil, prevents the growth of weeds, prevents erosion, and feeds the soil organisms all of which improve soil health which increases crop yields. Win, win, win!
In doing his research on transitioning to organic production, Andy worked with Heidi Myer an agronomist at Penn State Extension – York, John Wallace a weed scientist for Penn State, and Sam Malriat an Organic Crop Consultant at the Rodale Institute.
February 1 – The Living Landscape
February 5 to 8 – PASA Conference
February 29 – Native Plants for Winter Interest and Wildlife
March 2 – 2020 Regenerative Farming Training Program
March 7 – The Living Landscape
March 14 – Green Mulch: Native Plants as Groundcovers
March 28 – Stormwater Management 101 for Homeowners
March 28 – Foraging Intensive
March 28 – WIldlands – Primitive Skills: The Art of Seeing and the Art of Observation
April 1 – Community Gardens open (weather permitting)
April 11 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Shelter Building and Finding Water
April 25 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: The Ancient Art of Fire by Friction
May 9 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 23 – Wildlands – Primitive Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
Custom Classes & Workshops
See you at the farm!