Meet the Team

Alexis Campbell – Executive Director contact Alexis

Alexis Campbell grew up in semi-urban Berks County, just outside of Reading, PA. Before leading the Horn Farm Center, Alexis served as the Associate Director and head of Communications for the Berks History Center in Reading, PA. She also co-founded and served as the Operations Director of Permacultivate Inc. and Reading Roots Urban Farm. Alexis is a permaculture practitioner, educator, and longtime student of regenerative agriculture. She holds a B.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Pennsylvania State University where she explored human systems, politics, and ecology. She is trained in Commercial Urban Agriculture (2010) and holds certificates in Permaculture Design (2009) and Teaching Permaculture (2012).

With over 10 years of non-profit experience, Alexis is passionate about cultivating organizational systems that foster creativity, growth, and innovation. She believes that resilience begins with connection: to oneself, to others, and to the earth.  Alexis is a Master Watershed Steward, a Master Well Owner Network Volunteer, Center for Progressive Leadership Fellow and a member of the Rotary Club of York, the Junior League of York, and the St. Xenia Philoptochos Society of Reading.

Jonathan Darby, Land Manager & Educator Contact Jon

Jonathan Darby is dedicated to educating people about the intersection of farming and ecology, to growing tomorrow’s farmers, 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 for the past ten years.

Jonathan has been involved at the Horn Farm since 2008 when he volunteered on the committee that conceived and created the Incubator Farm Project. Since then, Jonathan has served the organization in varying capacities for over 15 years, including as Farm Manager, Education Director, and even as a member of the Board of Directors. Today, Jonathan serves as Land Manager & Educator. Jonathan received his Permaculture Design Certification in 2011 from Susquehanna Permaculture and in 2014 completed his Permaculture Teacher Training through Dynamic Ecological Design. 

Jonathan Darby - Education Director

Anna Echo-Hawk, Project Manager Contact Anna

Anna was born in the Midwest and grew up in the Pacific Northwest before settling in Lancaster County.  After earning a B.A. in Humanities, Anna worked in corporate and small business contexts before becoming a self-employed small business owner. As a citizen of the Pawnee Nation and grower for the Pawnee Seed Preservation Society, Anna discovered a love for gardening and an interest in regenerative agriculture.

As a Horn Farm volunteer turned Land Stewardship student, Anna joined the staff in 2021 and uses her diverse skill set in support of the organization’s team and programs. Anna also helps with Facilities Management projects, including serving as the lead on the Farmhouse Rebuild.

Avary Sassaman, Community Engagement Coordinator Contact Avary

A Pennsylvania native, Avary grew up in rural Adams County and has spent her adult life in the Blue Mountains outside of Harrisburg. After completing a B.S. in History and International Studies at Concordia University Irvine, she went on to pursue a M. A. in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia. Over the last 8 years, she has worked as an instructor in higher education, empowering students to find their voice as public speakers. In addition to her time at the college, she has worked in public media and other community based organizations, supporting local nonprofit initiatives through training and development.

Outside her role coordinating programming and events on the farm, Avary spends her time rehabilitating wildlife as a volunteer at West Shore Wildlife Center, helping to reduce feral cat populations through TNR with Steelton Community Cats, and voraciously reading in preparation for hosting her next book club.  At the Horn Farm Center, Avary is responsible for coordinating programs and outreach projects.

Andrew Leahy, Community Engagement Coordinator Contact Andrew

Growing up in a rural town called Sweet Valley, just south of Ricketts Glen, Andrew spent his life fostering a love for the PA wilds. He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown and majored in English Literature and Music Composition. As a student, he discovered an interest in nonprofit work after joining the Office of Community Engagement, where he planned events, delivered produce donations, and tutored with the America Reads program. He moved to Lancaster after graduation and spent a year as a workshop coordinator with Dickinson College’s Center for Civic Learning and Action, collaborating with local professionals to develop programs on community sustainability. All the while, he’s affirmed his intention to make environmental stewardship a professional path and lifetime passion project, spending his free time exploring local ecology, slow food, composting, gardening, foraging, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, and climate science. At the Horn Farm Center,  Andrew is responsible for developing programs, coordinating volunteers, social media, marketing, development and outreach projects.

Beyond his work with the Horn Farm, Andrew currently participates in the Lancaster Composting Co-Ops, volunteers as a land steward with the Lancaster Conservancy, and spends Saturdays selling produce at Green Circle Organics in Lancaster Central Market.

Lori Webster, Financial Assistant / Bookkeeper Contact Lori

Lori Webster grew up southern York County. After retiring from 29 years of service with Johnson Controls in their Customer Service Department, Lori spends her time exploring her passion for gardening, outdoors, traveling, and photography with her partner, three children, and dog, Joy.

At the Horn Farm Center, Lori applies her extensive background in accounting, billing, and customer service to support the Horn Farm Center’s financial administration.

Sarah Womack, Land Steward

Sarah grew up in Carlisle, PA. She earned a BA in Anthropology from the George Washington University, where her studies included the cultural impacts of public gardens and green-spaces, and culturally specific garden forms and practices.

She began her career on Capitol Hill in non-profit programming and communications, working for organizations advocating for public health and early childhood development and education at the national and state levels.

In the early 2010s she felt the call to begin a fine art practice, and quickly found her penultimate medium in ornamental gardening.

In 2021, pursuing a growing interest in permaculture, she spent an afternoon volunteering at Horn Farm to plant young trees. Reflecting on her time at the farm, she realized she was not living in alignment with her values. A short time later, she quit her job at the distribution center of a multi-trillion dollar company to begin her green industry career, with the ambition of designing, installing and maintaining ecologically beneficial ornamental gardens for a living. A permaculture novice, she is thrilled to have the chance to learn and grow at Horn Farm.

Sarah’s responsibilities at the Farm Center include mowing, trimming, weeding, watering and various other landscape maintenance tasks.