Horn Farm Happenings – June 25, 2021

The Horn Farm Team is Growing this Summer

We are pleased to welcome two college student interns to the Horn Farm Center this summer.

Lee Matthews (pictured left) is a senior Environmental Studies and Public Policy major at Franklin & Marshall College. Raised in Philadelphia, Lee has gained strong interests in agriculture, sustainability, and community development while residing in Lancaster for the past three years. On campus, she is actively involved with the Environmental Action Alliance, Asian American Alliance, and F&M Orchestra.

Lee joined us earlier this month and will be serving as our Research & Development Intern until the end of July. In addition to learning about regenerative agriculture, agroforesty, and the ins and outs of a small non-profit organization, Lee is helping to develop agroforestry products while researching target markets within the Susquehanna bio-region. Lee is interning with the Horn Farm Center as part of F&M’s Public Service Summer Institute (PSSI) program.

Tess Wilson (pictured right) is a senior at College of the Atlantic where she studies Human Ecology. She has an interest in pursuing Environmental Education and recently completed a senior project focused on developing educational materials on the Eastern Coyote. During her time with us at the Horn Farm, Tess will be working with us to (among other things) give a talk about eastern coyotes and their history with humans, create a new visitor map, and assist our Woodland Steward in his research, education, and ongoing restoration projects on the farm.

Early Tomatoes from the Kilgore Family Farm

At the end of last year the Kilgore Family Farm embarked on a new project at the Horn Farm Center. Thanks to a grant from the USDA, the Kilgore Family was able to purchase and install a new high tunnel aimed at extending their growing season this year.

With much hard work and attention the detail, the project has been a success! The hoop house is now bursting with an abundance of early tomatoes, summer squash, and more. We congratulate the Kilgore Family on their accomplishments and we are enjoying the fruits of their labor! Horn Farm CSA members have already received delicious ripe tomatoes in their weekly shares.

Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm: CSA Now Open

Betsy’s Flowers will once again be offered as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), much the same as a vegetable CSA, but instead of vegetables you will receive beautiful flower bouquets! By purchasing a “share” upfront, Betsy is able to buy seeds and supplies. In return, you will receive 5 weeks of organically grown, fresh cut flower bouquets along with a Victorian “Language of Flowers” interpretation of your bouquet.

A few of the flowers growing this year are: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Lavender, Cosmos, Lisianthus, and Snapdragons, and a variety of herbs. Your bouquet will arrive in a Kraft paper sleeve, all ready for your favorite vase or jar!

There will be two pick-up locations for your flowers: TMC Wellness through Movement in Harrisburg from 3:00 pm until 6:30 pm on Fridays, and The Horn Farm Center in York after 12:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Weather permitting, the first 5-week Flower CSA will run from7/21 – 8/18/21.

After the first 5-week CSA, additional shares will be offered every 5 weeks with sign-ups on her website.

The cost for each 5-week Flower CSA is $100

The Dream Tree Team – Nearly 7,000 trees planted, 3,000 more to go!

You are looking at the Tree Planting Dream Team of 2021 – Alyssa Swartz, Keegan Rahman, Annette Arnold, Cindy Pizziketti, Emily Neideigh, and HFC Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez (pictured above)! These six land stewards have planted hundreds of trees since the beginning of April and we can’t thank them enough for their dedication and hard work.

We thank ALL of our volunteers who have come out week after week, rain or shine, to make a huge impact on the health of our local waterways! To date we have had over 100 volunteers help us with planting trees this year. Collectively these hardworking volunteers have planted nearly 7,000 trees!

We are nearing the last leg of our race to plant 10,000 trees – for now anyway. Our goal is to plant all of our remaining seedlings by the end of NEXT WEEK, before the weather gets too hot for planting. We will pick up the project again in the fall once conditions are safe.

Our final spring volunteer days are this coming Sunday, June 27th from 11am-3pm and Wednesday, June 30th from 12pm-4pm. We hope to see you on the farm!

Save the Date: Pawpaw Festival at the Horn Farm Center

Mark your calendars for the 17th Annual York County Pawpaw Festival at the Horn Farm Center! Join us on September 18 & 19, 2021 for an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating York County’s beloved pawpaw – the largest edible fruit native to the Eastern United States that grows in abundance in the Susquehanna River region.

  • Rain or Shine. Free Admission. $5.00 Tasting Fee
  • Pawpaw fruit and trees available for purchase.
  • Proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and education programs at the Horn Farm Center.

Click here for more information!

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.