Horn Farm Happenings – September 15, 2023

Next Weekend: Discover the Wild & Uncommon of York, PA!

Get your ticket to celebrate the wild and uncommon of our region at the 2023 York County Pawpaw Festival, presented by the Horn Farm Center and Explore York on September 23 & 24, 2023 from 10 am-3 pm at the Horn Farm Center

The 19th Annual York County Pawpaw Festival is an outdoor, family-friendly event that brings together local food vendors, artisans, native plant nurseries, and educational nonprofits in a celebration of the wild and uncommon in scenic York County, PA.

The centerpiece of the festival is the pawpaw: the largest edible fruit native to the Eastern United States, which grows naturally right here in York County’s bountiful Susquehanna Riverlands! Similar in taste to tropical fruits, the pawpaw is a unique, nutritious, and ecologically significant delicacy that ripens for a short period of time from mid-September to mid-October.

In addition to sales of pawpaw fruit and pawpaw-inspired items, this year’s Pawpaw Festival features new educational experiences, including pawpaw talks and free, family-friendly tours, orchard walks, and outdoor programs on the Horn Farm Center’s regenerative landscape.

Purchase your tickets in advance to ensure your admission to the festival. Admission is $5.00, children under 12 are free. Tickets are available for purchase online while supplies last. All proceeds support regenerative land stewardship and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center.

The 2023 Pawpaw Festival is supported by local businesses who believe in our mission to foster ecological learning through land stewardship, community partnership, and hands-on experiences.

We thank the following sponsors for supporting regenerative agriculture and education at the Horn Farm Center:

  • Explore York
  • Hayman Studio
  • UPMC
  • 7group
  • Natural Awakenings – Lancaster/Berks & South Central
  • John Wright Restaurant
  • Rutters Children’s Charities
  • Richards Energy
  • Atlas Rubber Stamp & Printing
  • Holla Spirits

More Than Just Pawpaws: 2023 Vendors

From small farmers and unique plant nurseries to culinary crafters and skilled artisans, the vendors at the Pawpaw Festival embody York County’s maker spirit.

Discover the wild and uncommon flavor of our region at the Pawpaw Festival, thanks to the following vendors

Food & Food Trucks

  • Character Coffee
  • 2Delicious – Gyro Fusion
  • Stoney’s Burgers and Fries
  • Brotherly Love Scratch Kitchen
  • Locally Seasoned
  • Historic Wrightsville
  • Safe and Sweet

Plant Vendors

  • Ort Family Farm
  • Gino’s Nursery
  • Swallowtail Forest Farm
  • Calyx Native Nursery
  • Heartwood Nursery
  • Future Forest Plants

Food Products & Goods

  • 4 Herb & 7 Spices Ago
  • Simply Ghee
  • Holla Vodka
  • Kilgore Family Farm
  • Burning Hell Hot Sauce

Goods, Arts & Crafts

  • Nomadic Inspirations with Hexbotanicals
  • Virtue Local Art Market
  • Seek The Light Creations LLC
  • Heart and Hands Homemade
  • Wildwood Lavender Farm
  • The Gardener of the Owl Valley
  • BeeBees All Natural
  • Alpacas of York
  • Nodding Onion

Community Vendors

  • West Shore Wildlife Center
  • Watershed Alliance of York
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • York Audubon Chapter
  • York County Solid Waste Authority
  • Native Roots Farm Foundation
  • Pawpaw Project
  • The Junior League of York
  • Kreutz Creek Library
  • Native Habitat Team: Penn State Cooperative Extension

Cash & Credit Cards will be accepted dependent upon individual vendors. No ATM on site. CASH IS RECOMMENDED.

Click here to learn more & purchase tickets!

Parking & Traffic Volunteers Needed!

As the Pawpaw Festival weekend draws closer, we’re looking for a few more folks to help manage entry and exit at the event.

Volunteer shifts are divided into 3-hour segments, allowing volunteers to provide support while having the chance to enjoy the festival before or after their shift!

Take advantage of FREE Pawpaw Festival admission and other perks by sparing some time to help this year’s event run smoothly.

Sign up to support our road block and parking crews!

Sponsor Highlight: Natural Awakenings

Each month Natural Awakenings magazines across the country take a practical look at the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living.

In Lancaster, Berks, and South Central. PA, Natural Awakenings offers global news and views while highlighting healing arts practitioners and resources in our area – mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life.

As a champion of healthy, sustainable living, Natural Awakenings is expanding their impact by sponsoring the 2023 York County Pawpaw Festival. We thank Natural Awakenings – Lancaster/Berks and South Central – for supporting our work and mission at the Horn Farm Center.

Sponsor Highlight: UPMC

In Central PA, UPMC has 7 hospitals, more than 12,000 employees, and 260 primary care and specialty practices, including UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC Magee-Womens, and UPMC Express Care.

UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable health care. And, UPMC is broadening their impact by supporting regenerative agriculture and education at the Horn Farm Center. We thank UPMC for supporting our mission by sponsoring the 2023 Pawpaw Festival!

Bow Making 4-Day Intensive 

Over four consecutive Sundays in November, we’ll take to the forest for an intensive workshop on crafting your own, fully-functional bow and arrows using primitive materials. All four classes will take place from 9am to 4pm at the Horn Farm Center.

Our time together will span all elements of the bow making process including: stave selection, initial shaping, curing, crafting arrows, tillering and string construction, advanced tillering, and shooting.

Students will learn how to craft a hunting-quality wooden bow suited to their own height and strength along with a handful of arrows. Due to the fact that potentially dangerous tools will be utilized, tool safety will be taught and strictly followed for the well-being of all participants. Additionally, students will be given their own tool set, covered in the class cost, for ease of instruction.

PLEASE NOTE: participants must be able to hike one mile into uneven, wild forest terrain and work using fine motor skills and small hand tools for an extended period of time.

Bow making is a process of longevity and though it requires strenuous work, honing the skills of bow craftsmanship can be very rewarding. Whether you’re a hunter, woodworker, or explorer, we hope you can join us for this intense and fulfilling experience!

Get Back to the “Wild”

Are you ready to reconnect to the land and develop essential survival skills? Horn Farm Center’s “Wild Lands” program explores primitive skills and invites us to connect more closely with both nature and our human ancestry.

Join us for our Fall Wild Lands serieswhich runs Sundays from October 1st through October 29th during 5 full-day workshops from 9AM-4PM. You can register for individual workshops or the entire series!

Gain hands-on experience with basic, pre-industrial, woodland-style survival skills. This includes gathering wild foods, building debris-huts, animal tracking, fire-making techniques, making basic hunting implements, and much more!