Horn Farm Happenings – July 21, 2023

Tickets On Sale August 1st

Amazing local food, one-of-a-kind crafts, and a shared love for nature: we’re thrilled to once again bring these things together for the 2023 York County Pawpaw Festival, taking place on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th from 10am to 3pm at the Horn Farm Center!The Pawpaw Festival is entering its 19th year and has truly become an annual attraction. Last year, we welcomed over 2000 visitors from near and far to enjoy the wild and uncommon flavors of the York and Lancaster regions. This year, we’re enhancing the visitor experience with ONLINE TICKETS – available beginning August 1st, 2023 at hornfarmcenter.org/pawpawfest/

Purchasing a ticket in advance will guarantee your admission to this year’s festival. We’re offering two levels of admission:

  • Premium Pass: includes admission to one day of the Pawpaw Festival, a t-shirt designed by a local artist, and automatic entry into a door prize drawing for Horn Farm Center class vouchers.
  • General Pass: includes admission to one day of the Pawpaw Festival.

Stay tuned for updates about NEW educational programs, vendors, and other details about the 2023 Pawpaw Festival presented by Horn Farm Center and Explore York.

Mark your calendar to purchase your tickets, going live on August 1st!

The Pawpaw Experience

Can’t get enough of that delicious pawpaw flavor? This year, the Horn Farm Center has partnered with John Wright Restaurant to offer a wild and uncommon culinary adventure on Friday, September 22, 2023 – the evening before the Pawpaw Festival.

The Horn Farm’s Pawpaw Experience at John Wright Restaurant will feature a 3-course pawpaw-themed dinner with two drink pairings.

Stay tuned! Tickets and more information will be announced in August. 

Restoring land and reviving ecosystems takes time and a team. That’s why the Horn Farm Center’s new volunteer program offers more ways to engage with nature and regenerative land stewardship.

The Horn Farm Community Crew program provides hands-on volunteer training with Horn Farm staff.

Perks of membership include ongoing training and education with experienced staff, a free t-shirt, volunteer social events, and the ability to log hours spent volunteering to redeem free class vouchers and other perks.

Interested in becoming a member of the crew?
Join us this Sunday, July 23rd for our 2nd Training Day!  Click here to Sign-Up for the Community Crew.

New “Wild Lands” Primitive Skills Intensive & Weekly Series

Are you ready to reconnect to the land and develop essential survival skills? Horn Farm Center’s “Wild Lands” programs explore primitive skills and invite us to connect more closely with both nature and our human ancestry.

This fall, we are offering our Wild Lands series in two formats:

  • Weekly Workshop Series: 5 full-day workshops starting on October 1st and ending on October 29th.. These classes take place each Sunday in October from 9AM to 4PM. Register for individual days or the entire weekly session.
  • 4-Day Intensive: Runs Sunday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 4th from 9AM to 4PM. This format provides a more immersive deep dive into primitive survival skills.

Students will gain hands-on experience with basic, pre-industrial, woodland-style survival skills. This includes gathering wild foods, building debris-huts, animal tracking, fire-making techniques such as hand-drill and bow drill, making basic hunting implements such as a survival bow and simple traps, and much more!

Whichever format works best for you – join us for our fall Wild Lands programs starting October 1st at the Horn Farm Center!

Click here to learn more.

Become the Beaver!

Beaver-y excited for the Horn Farm Center’s NEW youth education program, Becoming the Animal, for children ages 9 to 12!

This three day series, taking place from Monday July 31st to Wednesday, August 2nd from 9am to 12pm is an opportunity for children to learn about animal behavior and ecology through the lens of three unique and important animals—one of which is the beaver!

Among very few animals to redesign their habitats, beavers play essential ecological roles: the dams they build foster habitat for countless aquatic species, prevent erosion and flooding, and sustain water table levels.

But why would beavers build such complicated structures in the first place? Aside from their need for comfortable lodging that stores their food and protects them from predators, researchers have found that beavers’ motivation to build arises from their aversion to the sound of running water!

Discover more about our friend beaver as well as squirrel and mastodon during Horn Farm Center’s Becoming the Animal Youth Program Series!

Click here to learn more