Horn Farm Happenings – June 28, 2024

The 20th Annual Pawpaw Fest is Going to Be Wild & Uncommon!

Like pawpaw fruit in the summer sun, Horn Farm Center’s Wild & Uncommon Weekend is growing rapidly!

We’re only 3 months away from the Horn Farm Center’s 20th annual Pawpaw Festival, the signature event of a NEW weekend-long extravaganza featuring local flavors, nature-based learning, and so many opportunities to connect with the land and people who make our Lower Susquehanna Riverlands region so special!

Save the date for September 26th to 29th, 2024, and check out our calendar of events to see how you would like to plan your weekend!

The Horn Farm Center’s signature Pawpaw Festival will take place ONE DAY ONLY on Saturday, September 28th from 9am to 5pm.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they’ll be available starting Monday, August 1st!

We can’t wait to share an educational, creative, and flavor-filled weekend with you and our community partners, including: Locally Seasoned, Susquehanna National Heritage Area, Lancaster Conservancy, White Clover Farm, Firefly Hollow Wellness, Lavender Acres Winery, and Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market

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Celebrating 20 Years of Learning, Community & Connection

Bountiful food, lively music, and jovial community: the perfect recipe for welcoming the summertime!

This past weekend’s Summer Solstice Celebration brought together the past and present of the people who make the Horn Farm whole. What a wonderful occasion to commemorate our 20th anniversary!

The atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful as we enjoyed fresh-baked treats from our wood-fired oven, folksy tunes of local musicians Still Limber, a sunset tour of the farm, and a moving dedication for the Evans Memorial Garden–a pollinator paradise planted at the entrance to our Corn Barn by the 2022 Ecological Gardener Training Program. We’re grateful for the stories and memories of June and Warren Evans shared by many in attendance, helping us pay true homage to some of our most influential founding members.

Brought together by the transition of the seasons, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate our past and look forward to our future! Don’t worry, we are still celebrating our 20th Anniversary throughout 2024.

Join us for our special Homesteading series this summer and fall:

A big thanks to our team of board, staff and volunteers who helped to organize and coordinate our 20th Anniversary events!

Our Team is Growing Regeneratively

Thanks to our new seasonal land steward, Sarah Womack, the Horn Farm grounds and gardens look beautiful this year!

With a BA in Anthropology, she began her career on Capitol Hill working for organizations advocating for public health and early childhood development and education. In the early 2010s Sarah felt the call to begin a fine art practice, and quickly found her penultimate medium in ornamental gardening.

In 2021, Sarah left her job at a corporate distribution center to begin her green industry career, with the ambition of designing, installing and maintaining ecologically beneficial ornamental gardens for a living. Sarah is thrilled to learn and grow at Horn Farm and we’re grateful to have her on our team!

WE ARE HIRING: We are seeking a creative, motivated full-time Farm & Agroforestry Manager to join Sarah and our talented team of land stewards and educators to innovate on-farm learning experiences and lead cutting-edge regenerative farming projects.

The Farm & Agroforestry Manager will have the opportunity to collaboratively design and lead a new demonstration forest garden project, reshaping the way our community thinks about agriculture and helping to achieve Horn Farm Center’s strategic vision.

Interested in learning more? Check out the full position details linked below. To apply send a resume and letter of interest to Executive Director, Alexis Campbell at executivedirector@hornfarmcenter.org by July 24, 2024.

Supporting Our Mission & Work

We’re grateful for UPMC’s ongoing support of regenerative land stewardship and nature-based learning at the Horn Farm Center.

Beyond uplifting our work, UPMC promotes healthy living in all aspects of patient care by providing access to nature’s medicine. Did you know that UPMC Memorial Hospital in York includes nearly three miles of paved nature trails? The UPMC Memorial Wellness Trail includes apiaries, exercise equipment, pollinator gardens, ponds, and forested areas for the enjoyment of patients, the public, and wildlife.

Now that’s what we call Live Changing Medicine!

A Forager’s Feast!

Last week, members of our first Forager Training Program sat down to a bountiful foraged potluck! This unforgettable feast marked the culmination of 8 weeks learning how to safely and ethically forage in a variety of landscapes. Foragers also fostered a deep appreciation for the ecology of our region, studying plant allies from the garden edge to the forest canopy.

Our foraged potluck helped our students put all their new skills to the test, and everyone delivered! We enjoyed a diverse menu of delicious foods all incorporating wild-gathered ingredients (pictured above).

Many more foraging programs await this summer and fall. See if you can join us for our upcoming adventures:

  • Historic Wild Foods of the Lower Susquehanna – June 30th (part of Riverfest Weekend)
  • Bountiful Berries: Early Summer Foraging Walk – July 7th
  • Making Natural Cordage — July 14th
  • Foraging First Aid – July 14th
  • Elderberry: From Harvest to Syrup — July 20th
  • Wild Abundance: Mid-Summer Foraging Walk – August 4, 2024
  • Wild Abundance: Late Summer Foraging Walk – September 1st
  • Foraging for Roots — October 5th
  • Teas & Trees: Early Fall Foraging Walk — October 6, 2024
  • Fall Foraging Foundations (weekend intensive) — November 9-10th

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