Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Horn Farm Happenings – May 18

cycle the solstice riders en routeThe Cycle WorksOn Saturday, June 23, The Cycle Works of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania will be hosting the fourth annual Cycle the Solstice bicycle ride to benefit the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education.  Cycle the Solstice is a fun 20, 30, or 62 mile bike ride through York and Lancaster counties. The ride will offer cycling opportunities for riders of all ages and abilities while providing information about leading healthy lifestyles and supporting ecologically sustainable local food production in the region.

Each ride will begin at the beautiful grounds of the Horn Farm Center. Riders will use road blazes and cue sheets to ride their chosen loop at their own pace. Along the way, riders will stop at local small farm businesses and markets for refreshments. Upon completion of their loop, riders will return to the farm to enjoy a lunch made with fresh, local ingredients.

Join us! More information and registration at Cycle the Solstice.


bull thistle and skyOn June 16, join us for a unique experience: Introduction to Plant Communication. Humans have an innate ability to communicate with plants, though we have mostly forgotten how to do this. In this fun and informative workshop, we will begin to remember how to communicate with the plants as we once did intuitively.

Plant communication enhances our well being, offers solutions, guides us on our soul’s path and helps us deepen our relationship with nature.
In addition, our presenter, Jen Frey, will facilitate a Music of the Plants concert. Experience the plants singing and interacting with us through the Music of the Plants device, the technology which turns the electric impulses of plants into music. You will surely have a memorable experience and will look at the plant kingdom in a different way.

Space is limited – Register now!


Wilson Alvarez Bowmaking InstructorComing in July: Bow Making with Wilson Alvarez

Maybe you’re an archer who loves hunting with a bow and arrow. Maybe you’re a woodworker who would love to learn a new skill. Or maybe you’re someone passionate about learning techniques for survival and self reliant living. Whatever the reason, this is your chance to learn how to make hunting-quality, wooden bow and arrows from scratch with your own two hands. You will leave with your own finished bow!
Over the course of two weekends, each student will craft a wooden bow suited to their own height and strength and a handful of arrows. These hunting implements will be fully functional. Materials required for this will be provided by the instructor, however there are several essential tools which the student must supply (see below under Preparedness). Also, due to the fact that potentially dangerous tools will be utilized, safe tool use will be taught and strictly followed for the well-being of all participants.
Topics covered:
1. Stave selection, initial shaping, and curing
2. Crafting arrows
3. Tillering and string construction
4. Advanced tillering
5. Shooting
Classes take place over the course of two weekends: July 14 and 15, and July 28 and 29. Register now!


May 22 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew
May 29 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew
June 2 – Introduction to Permaculture
June 5 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew
June 12 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew
June 16 – Monthly Farm Tour – Third Saturday
June 16 – Introduction to Plant Communication
June 19 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew
June 23 – Cycle the Solstice
June 24 – Insect Identification
June 26 – Tuesday Evening Work Crew
June 30 – Monthly Foraging
July 14, 15, 28, 29 – Bowmaking
July 26 – Preserving Herbs
July 31 – Knife Skills for the Home Cook
August 21 – Seasonal Eat & Meet

See you at the farm!