Horn Farm Happenings – June 26, 2020

betsys-flower-bouquets“Flowers lift the spirit and refresh the soul.” -Martha Lever
Our resident flower farmer Betsy believes we could all use a bit of a “Flower Lift”, so she is offering a 5-week Bouquet CSA beginning on July 7. Pick up day and time is Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Horn Farm. Find more information here: Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm.

bed preparation at the farm

Join Field Manager Andrew Horn for some time in the farm fields! Every Tuesday from 4 to 6 starting June 30, Andrew will be holding an ‘open field day’ called Tuesday Afternoon at the Farm. There will be time for getting to know each other, discussing what’s happening in the fields and on the farm, plus there will be opportunities to help with the farm work.
Planting, harvesting, weeding, and mulching are always needed on the farm, and many hands make light work! Join us for any or all of the two hours. Depending on the week, we may have projects with which children could help. If you plan to bring a child younger than 12, please contact Andrew in advance, at fieldmanager@hornfarmcenter.org, to make sure we will be able to provide a positive experience for you and your child(ren). Thanks! The event is free, but pre-registration is requested so that we know to expect you.

York County has moved into the green phase, so we are resuming some on farm classes with some modifications. Classes will be held outside and are limited to 10 participants per class. If more than one class occurs on the same day, start times will be staggered to reduce the number of individuals arriving at the same time. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change. Participants are required to bring a mask and wear when proper social distancing cannot be maintained.
Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained except in case of family members.

Registration is now open for The Living Landscape! Come learn about the land by looking through the eyes of the species that inhabit wild spaces! On the first Saturday of each month (the second Saturday in July because of the holiday, this ecological adventure walk through the woodlands and the meadows of the Horn Farm Center will spark your sense of wonder and teach you about all aspects of the land we call home. We’ll focus on broad patterns of landscape as well as diving deep into the details of the micro-ecosystems under rocks, inside dead trees, beneath the soil, and beyond. Every month’s class will be different in response to what the land presents and what questions you bring to the group. Classes will be led by Horn Farm Center Woodland Steward, Wilson Alvarez.

Foraging for Wild Edibles at the Horn FarmRegistration is now open for foraging classes! Foraging is the act of finding and gathering wild foods. For the majority of our existence on this planet, human beings lived as hunter-gatherers. By engaging in this age-old practice, we can provide ourselves with healthy and free food and medicine, become more self-reliant, and connect on a much deeper level to the landscape in which we live. Classes are led by Horn Farm Education Director, Jonathan Darby.

The Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education is seeking a new Executive Director to continue our important work and to move the organization into the next chapter of its life.  The best candidate will have a regenerative mindset and will have had experiences with stewardship of natural spaces, the growing of food, and the management of non-profit organizations.  We are looking for someone who is more than familiar with sustainable and regenerative philosophies when it comes to agriculture.  You’ll be open to observing what the organization and its home has to tell you.  From those observations and through collaboration with employees and board members you’ll help to shape its future.  Our new Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead an organization that is composed of thought leaders in the regenerative movement and is an active and significant player in changing the way humans view and interact with the community of life that supports them. Our new Executive Director will have the opportunity to work within a site that is living proof that the damage done to our land and water can be changed for the better and you will have the opportunity to provide the philosophies, skills, and wisdom for MANY others. If you feel invigorated by this opportunity and want to know more about the position, please find it on our website: https://hornfarmcenter.org/job-postings

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, June 30: Tuesday Afternoon on the Farm
Tuesday, July 7: Tuesday Afternoon on the Farm
Thursday, July 9: Summer Foraging – July Plant Walk
Saturday, July 11: The Living Landscape
Saturday, July 11: Oil Infusions and Salves
Saturday, July 25: Tincture Making
Saturday, July 25: Summer Foraging – July Plant Walk
Saturday, August 1: The Living Landscape
Saturday, August 8: Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
Saturday, August 8: Summer Foraging – August Plant Walk
Thursday, September 3: Foraging for Wild Teas & Drinks
Saturday, September 5: The Living Landscape
Saturday, September 12: Foraging for Wild Teas & Drinks
Saturday, October 3: The Living Landscape
Saturday, October 10: Foraging Wild Roots for Coffee and More
Saturday, November 7: The Living Landscape
Saturday, December 5: The Living Landscape

See you at the farm!