Horn Farm Happenings – March 23

What’s behind this extreme weather? Changes in the planetary water cycle (hydrology). Take 20 minutes to check out the Natural History of Water on Earth. It’s a bit dense with information, but full of importance! You’ll see that there’s hope for restoring the balance in natural system, and that’s the work we are doing at the Horn Farm Center.  Together we need to restore the Earth’s soil-carbon sponge and extend the longevity of green growth. There is a lot of power for positive change to be created by changing how we manage our landscapes.spring snow farm field corn barn betsy in greenhouse with snow on roofDreaming of warm spring days? Now is a great time to pre-order plants for your garden! We are offering pre-sales until the end of March. We’ll have plants for your garden and homestead grown organically by our Incubator Farmers and Internship Program participants. Our annual Heirloom Plant Sale takes place Saturday, May 5 from 9 to 3. Plant pre-orders end March 31.plant-sale

Speaking of warmth, can you build a fire without a match or lighter? We can teach you how!wild-lands-immersionWe can build our community’s resilience by being prepared to provide for our own basic needs for food, water, fire, and shelter in the face of sudden changes in weather or economic circumstances . Our wilderness skills classes are designed to reconnect people to the land and develop essential survival skills. Students will gain hands-on experience with basic, pre-industrial, woodland-style survival skills/bushcraft. This includes gathering wild foods and medicine, building debris-huts, animal tracking, fire-making techniques such as hand-drill and bow drill, and making basic hunting implements such as a survival bow and simple traps. The spring Wild Lands series of workshops begins April 7.

yellow zinniaNo space for a garden at home? Join us at the Horn Farm and grow your own vegetables and flowers! There 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

Did you know that purchases made on Amazon 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 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!