Horn Farm Happenings – March 18, 2022

Welcome Calyx Native Nursery!

You can expect to some new faces at the Horn Farm this spring. We welcome Calyx Native Plant Nursery to the Horn Farm Center’s network of on-farm partners.

Owned by Shawnna Lockwood and her husband Davis, Calyx Native Nursery is a newly established plant nursery that specializes in species native to the Mid-Atlantic region, including rare Threatened and Endangered Pennsylvanian species.

“We encourage responsible environmental stewardship to protect humans and wildlife alike,” says Shawnna. “We want to encourage others to plant native plants for our native pollinators and to assist in repairing delicate ecosystems and food webs with which they’ve co-evolved.”

We are pleased to partner with Calyx Native Nursery and to add to the diversity of offering at the Horn Farm Center. Their focus on environmental stewardship nicely complements the Horn Farm Center’s mission and values.

As part of our mission to connect soil, food, and people in ways that improve the health and resilience of our community, theHorn Farm Center supportsbio-regional economic development through our on-farm partnerships.

It began in 2010 with our Incubator Program, which provided land, infrastructure, marketing resources, and farm business training for new farm businesses. As our programs and organizational vision evolved, we transitioned our focus to hands-on training and education. Since then, we continue to partner on-site with a number of local farm-focused businesses, including:

For more information on On-Site Partnerships at the Horn Farm Center, please contact our Farm Manager, Andrew Horn at farmmanager@hornfarmcenter.org.


Join the Team: Now Hiring

Are you eager to contribute your talents to a mission that you are passionate about? We might have the right position for you! 

We are seeking enthusiastic, cooperative, and hard-working individuals to join our regenerative team. We are currently accepting applications for two positions:

  • Community Engagement Coordinator (Full-time or Part-Time)
  • Land Steward Assistant (Seasonal, Part-Time)

Click here to learn more.

Healthy Local Produce All Season Long

Your weekly box of organically-grown, farm-fresh produce awaits you!

The Horn Farm CSA runs 20 weeks from June through October. Each week offers seasonal, organically-grown produce. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Spring: lettuces, spinach, kale, swiss chard, spring onions, beets, herbs
  • Summer: kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, beets, summer squash, watermelon, cataloupe, onions, herbs, and more!
  • Fall: garlic, beets, turnips, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, swiss chard, spinach

Pick-ups are at the Farm Stand located at 4945 Horn Road on Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30pm. 

Full Share:  $750
Half Share: $400

Click here to register.

Learning & Growing Together

On February 28th, we kicked-off the 2022 Land Stewardship and Ecological Gardener Training Programs with our “ecological core” classroom curriculum. Topics covered a broad history of the Earth, ecological succession and change over time, and an introduction to natural movement, observation skills, and base mapping.

Next week we will host our final classroom session before students begin their immersive hands-on training. We have an amazing group of participants and we are eager to spend 15 weeks learning and growing with them at the Horn Farm Center!

A special thanks to Hellam Township Administration for providing a clean, comfortable learning space for the classroom portion of the program.

Love the Land in Hellam Township

On Thursday, February 17, 2022,  Horn Farm Center’s Executive Director, Alexis Campbell and Board President, David Dietz, spoke out against the proposed development of 4974 Lees Lane, a property adjacent to the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, at the Hellam Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

The proposal by Love’s Travel Stops includes developing and paving the 34.05 acre lot for the purposes of a truck convenience and travel stop in the northeast corner of U.S. 30 and Kreutz Creek Road, which would include a convenience store/fast-food restaurant building, a three bay tire shop, eight diesel fueling bays, six car fueling islands, 96 truck parking spaces and 75 car parking spaces.

The Horn Farm Center cited a list of concerns about the proposed project, particularly regarding the establishment of impermeable surfaces and fuel pollutants within close proximity to the Kreutz Creek, an area which regularly suffers from flooding and stormwater management issues, including major storm events in August 2018, August 2020, and September 2021.

Click here to read our official statement.

New Classes with Northern Appalachia School

Learn how to build cooperative relationships with plants that will enhance your well-being! We are pleased to welcome guest instructors, Calyx Liddick and Jaybird Tignor to the Horn Farm Center for an engaging series of plant walks and herb classes:

Plants as Teachers: Intuitive Communication – March 26, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
Plant Walk: Spring Plants – April 23, 2022 from 10am-12pm
Plant Walk: Herbal First Aid – May 21, 2022 from 10am-12pm
Foraged Tincture Making – June 18, 2022 from 10am-12pm

Our friends from Nothern Appalachia School will also be hosting a Spring Series of Botany for Foragers. In this series, instructors will discuss the form of plant parts (morphology), anatomy, terminology, and how to apply this information in the field to improve your plant identification skills.

Botany for Foragers: Leaves –  April 23, 2022 from 1pm-3pm
Botany for Foragers: Flowers – May 21, 2022 from 1pm-3pm
Botany for Foragers: Fruits – June 18th, 2022 from 1pm-3pm

Classes in the Botany for Foragers series can be taken individually or as a whole.