Horn Farm Happenings – June 11, 2021

The Heat is On!

Last Wednesday, June 2nd marked the start of the Horn Farm CSA. In our first 2 weeks we shared a bounty of spring greens – asparagus, cilantro, kale, spring lettuce mix, cucumber, spinach, and green garlic- all grown at the Horn Farm by the Kilgore Family and Farm Manager, Andrew Horn.

We were happy to welcome back returning members as well as some new faces this year. We are invigorated and humbled by the support of our members, who truly value our work to grow healthy food while restoring the health of our ecosystems.

As the season heats up, we are continuing to educate and inspire 11 new land stewards in the inaugural Land Steward Training program. On Mondays, future homesteaders and aspiring market gardeners are working and learning with Farm Manager, Andrew Horn. And on Tuesdays, the crew is focused on restoration work and ecological literacy with Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez.

So far this integrated learning experience has been a huge success, largely in part thanks to the incredible group of students, each of whom bring their own unique experiences and unbridled enthusiasm for learning to the group.

The new Land Steward Training program is also an exercise in building a more holistic approach to how we steward the land and provide educational programming here at the Horn Farm. Day by day we are slowly growing towards a whole systems approach where all elements of the farm work together in a cooperative ecosystem.

In addition to the CSA and Training Program, our team is hard at work tending to the land, planting trees, organizing programs and events (hint, hint – the 2021 Pawpaw Fest), and having a ton of fun with our friends and dedicated volunteers. We hope that you will join us!

Stop by and visit us at the Horn Farm. We hope to see you soon!

Thank You UNFI!

Thanks to our friends at UNFI, we made great progress building deer fencing, which will help to protect our newly planted trees! These trees are part of a 6 acre riparian buffer that will help to protect our waterways, create wildlife habitat, and produce healthy food. We are so thankful to the hardworking UNFI staff who donated their time to make a huge impact on our work here at the Horn Farm.

UNFI has partnered with the Horn Farm Center over the past several years to offer their generous associates meaningful volunteer experiences.

Over 4000 trees planted, 6000 more to go!

Our marathon to plant 10,000 trees at the Horn Farm this year continues as we near our last leg of the race – for now anyway! Our goal is to plant all of our remaining seedlings by the end of June, before the weather gets too hot for planting We will pick up the project again in the fall once conditions are safe.

Can you help us reach the finish line this month? We have several new volunteer days scheduled, primarily on Sundays and Wednesdays. We really need your help!

We thank our dedicated volunteers (Cindy P. and Keegan are two of them pictured above) who have come out week after week, rain or shine, to make a huge impact on the health of our local waterways!

Click here to help plant trees!

UPDATED: Horn Farm Center Health and Safety Policy

The Horn Farm Center is offering on-site educational programming with some modifications due to COVID-19. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, participant expectations are as follows:

  • Participants are required to bring a mask and wear it when indoors, unless you are fully vaccinated.
  • Do not attend if sick or recovering.