Horn Farm Happenings – May 31, 2019

This summer, we are very excited to be offering two ecological design courses for kids interested in becoming ‘Junior Naturalists’!

Junior Naturalist Training: Building Community Habitats for ages 12-14.

In this three day adventure, we will design a simulated “Horn Farm village” community master plan that meets the habitat needs of wildlife and the people that call it home. Conduct a bioblitz scavenger hunt on the Horn Farm grounds to gather baseline biodiversity
data of the area. Then, propose a solution for improving the ecological health of the property, while also meeting the humans’ food, water, and shelter needs for the simulated village. Learn skills that budding city planners, landscape architects, naturalists, and dedicated community members will need to reshape how our communities coexist with the needs of wildlife. Come ready to think deeply and solve real-life problems facing today’s communities!milkweed with monarch caterpillar

And for kids 9 to 11, Building Backyard Habitats In this three day adventure, explore the Horn Farm Center through the eyes of your favorite critter (mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, etc.). Will a Red-backed salamander or Monarch butterfly be able to find food, water, shelter, and places to raise young for their survival? Through gathering found materials on the Horn Farm grounds, you’ll design a model of all the needed elements of your critter’s habitat. Then, take the skills you learned from this week to start supporting wildlife in your own backyard!

Photo from: “Eat Well, Be Well: Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living” by Lois Leonhardi

Starting June 29, we are offering a series of monthly classes at the Horn Farm: The Ayurvedic Kitchen. Ayurveda is an ancient form of healing developed in India and has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It is a system of daily living which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

In Ayurveda, the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) are present in each individual but the proportions and combinations vary from person to person. When these elements are in balance, the result is good health. When these elements are out of balance, the result is illness or disease. Ayurveda treats the whole individual, not the illness or disease in isolation.

In these classes, you will learn how to cook seasonally, how to use the six tastes in your daily cooking and how to make simple, but tasty and satisfying meals. All recipes are vegetarian, gluten and lactose free. Even though Ayurveda originates from India, this is not an Indian cooking class. Find out more and register here: The Ayurvedic Kitchen.

Upcoming events:
June 1 – Introduction to Plant Communication
June 4 – Tuesday Evening Farm Crew
June 5 – Wednesday Woodland Workers
June 6 – Thursday Woodland Workers
June 22 – Cycle the Solstice
June 29 – Foraging – June Plant Walk
June 29 – Raising Insects for Food and Farm
June 29 – The Ayurvedic Kitchen
July 13 – Mushroom Cultivation
July 13 – The Ayurvedic Kitchen
July 18 – Where the Wild Things Grow (Youth Program)
July 23 – Introduction to Canning: Peach Jam
July 29 to 31 – Building Backyard Habitats (Junior Naturalist Training)
July 29 to 31 – Building Community Habitats (Junior Naturalist Training)
August 8 – Introduction to Canning: Tomato Sauce
August 10 – The Ayurvedic Kitchen
August 20 – Roasted Vegetables
September 7 – The Ayurvedic Kitchen
September 10 – Introduction to Canning: Applesauce
September 28/29 – Pawpaw Festival
October 12 – Bread: Rising to the Next Level

Woodland Steward Training Program

See you at the farm!