Horn Farm Happenings – March 16

soil cross section with cloverIt may not feel like spring, but winter officially ends when the vernal equinox occurs this Tuesday, May 20 at 12:15 p.m. There’s still time to register for A Gardener’s Guide to Soils taking place March 17. You can expect a conversation about soils covering what we used to know about the world beneath our feet. Exploring the forces described by folk wisdom and at work in our own gardens, our conversation will explain some of the greatest mysteries of the substance we all depend on. We’ll touch on soil formation, indicator plants, folk wisdom, the soil ecosystem, and basic soil management strategies for garden soil. Feel free to bring your soil test results if you have them.

community gardens with farm houseThere are only a few spaces left in the Horn Farm Center Community Gardens! Each plot measures 20 x 20 feet. The plots are open from mid- April through October 31. We say the mid-April because the day the seasonal gardens opens varies from year to year. We have to wait until the ground thaws and dries enough for the tractor to be able to till the soil.  Click here for more information and to reserve your space today: Community Gardens

New for 2018, you can order your plants in advance of our SIXTH Annual Horn Farm Center Heirloom Plant Sale. We will have your plant order ready to pick up at the plant sale on May 5th. Plants for your garden and homestead are grown organically by our Incubator Farmers and Internship program participants. Our annual Heirloom Plant Sale takes place Saturday, May 5 from 9 to 3. Click here for the list of plants we’re growing for the sale.plant-saleKilgore Three Generations

2018 is the third year we have welcomed people into our Farm Internship. Our interns have ranged in age from 17 to 62 and have come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some join the program to build skills for homesteading, some are making a career change and are interested in farming. This is a part time program which allows participants to continue working full or part time. Check the schedule and get more information about our Farm Internship to see if it is a good fit for you!Do you buy things on Amazon? Did you know that those purchases can generate revenue for the Horn Farm Center?! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/20-1061394 and Amazon donates to Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education.

Upcoming events:
March 17 – A Gardener’s Guide to Soil
March 24 – Bread Baking Full Day Workshop (waitlist)
March 31 – Monthly Foraging
April 7 – Spring Volunteer Work Day
April 7 – Wilderness Skills: The Art of Seeing and The Science of Observation
April 14 – Wilderness Skills: Shelter & Water
April 21 – Wilderness Skills: Fire
April 21 – Monthly Foraging
April 29 – Low-tech Mushroom Cultivation
May 5 –  Heirloom Plant Sale
May 5 – Wilderness Skills: Foraging, Hunting, Trapping
May 9 – Making Bone Broth
May 12 – Raising Insects for Food and Farm
May 12 – Wilderness Skills: Advanced Primitive Hunting Techniques
May 15 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew (begins)
May 17 – Monthly Foraging
June 2 – Introduction to Permaculture
June 16 – Introduction to Plant Communication

See you at the Farm!