Each year, we aim to open the seasonal community garden plots on or around April 1–depending on the weather. Yesterday, Jon got the plots tilled, but since we are replacing the stakes with the plot numbers on them, the gardens won’t be open until next Saturday, April 8. Once again, all 102 plots have been rented.
In the field of mental health, horticulture therapy is something that is used in many types of care settings. The thinking behind it is that growing plants teaches us something about ourselves, about our relationships with others, increases our self-esteem, reduces stress, and allows us to pursue healthy activities which contribute to our overall well-being. This year, we are welcoming the staff and children from a local therapeutic after school program who will be gardening here at the Horn Farm. The farm is close enough to their York city program that the Horn Farm can be the “green space” experience these kids so very much need today. Thank you to Rutter’s Farm Stores which has generously granted the funds needed for seeds, equipment, and transportation costs for the entire season.
Permaculture is a practice that is steeped in deep observation, understanding relationships, and designing systems that meet our needs while simultaneously caring for the Earth and providing for future generations. Using nature as our guide and mentor, we can interact with the world in ways that are regenerative, fun, and fulfilling. Permaculture principles form the basis for everything we do here at the farm–whether it is the design of the farm internship or the field map we use for planning when and where crops will be grow throughout the season. On April 9, we are offering Introduction to Permaculture. This six hour class will provide a foundational understanding of what permaculture is (and isn’t) – the history, ethics, principles, and design process. The class is filled with opportunities to interact, be creative, and spend time indoors and out.
Mark your calendars for our Heirloom Plant Sale taking place on Saturday, May 6. The list of plants we plan to have can be found here.