Alyson Earl – Executive Director
Alyson Earl grew up on a 100-acre farm in rural New York State. Her grandparents showed her ways to garden that were based on robust soil health. As a teenager, when she wasn’t helping her parents to restore the buildings and woodlands on their 100-acre property, she could be found on horseback exploring nearby state game lands. After graduating from Cornell University and completing her military service, Alyson spent years wandering through many towns and jobs honing her skills and looking for a way and a place where she could work to facilitate positive changes in our food system. In 2015, Alyson found such a place. She was hired to lead the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education ‘from concept to impact’–to create a farming model based on soil health, biodiversity, and mutually beneficial relationships. Alyson considers herself to be a practical visionary with the soul of a poet. She is currently researching the interrelatedness of inner and outer landscapes. Contact Alyson
Jonathan Darby – Education Director
Jonathan is dedicated to educating people about the intersection of farming and ecology and to building community resilience in uncertain times. Jonathan is a wild foods enthusiast and educator, former owner and operator of Sterling Farm, and has been active in the local farming community since 2006. He has been involved at the Horn Farm since 2008. Jonathan holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, Permaculture Teacher Certificate, and Edible Forest Garden Design Certificate. Jonathan Darby currently works as Education Director at the Horn Farm Center where he oversees the Incubator Farm Project, Beekeeper Training Program, the Regenerative Farming Internship, and all the farm’s classes and workshops. Contact Jonathan
Andrew Horn – Field Manager contact Andrew
Born in York County, Andrew earned his Business Management degree from Shippensburg University. After graduation, Andrew traveled with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) to New Zealand, where he lived and learned on organic farms. Captivated by his experience, Andrew wanted to continue his journey in small-scale agriculture and sought to find a place where he could apply, develop and learn new skills. He found the Horn Farm Center through an Introduction to Permaculture class. Since successful completion of the Farming Internship, Andrew has pursued his exploration of a career in farming as the Field Manager at the Horn Farm Center. He runs the Community Supported Agriculture Program and guides participants through hands-on instruction in the Regenerative Farming Training Program.
Pamela Moore – Executive Assistant contact Pam
Born and raised in York County, Pam earned her Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from York Technical Institute. Since 2000, Pam has worked for Metso Minerals, where she is currently contracted as an Instructional Designer and Learning Management System Administrator. In 2017, she found the Horn Farm Center through a series of classes on Foraging and Wilderness Skills. Drawn to the Horn Farm’s philosophy, Pam began sharing her talents as an Executive Assistant in July of 2018.
Wilson Alvarez – Woodland Steward
Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the past fourteen years, he has taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, tracking, and wilderness survival. Wilson has studied through the Wilderness Awareness School via the Kamana program, and he received his Permaculture Design Certificate via Susquehanna Permaculture.
[color photos: Michelle Johnsen]