Horn Farm Center

is creating community resilience through education, regenerative agriculture

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About

In 2000, the commissioners of York County Pennsylvania began plans to turn 186 acres of farmland in the Susquehanna River watershed into an industrial park.

The citizens of York County had other ideas. 

A small group of concerned citizens collected hundreds of signatures on a petition and hand delivered it to the commissioner's office. They had joined together to protect the land.  Four years later, the non-profit Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education was born. 

In 2016, the Horn Farm Center was granted a land conservation easement, protecting this land from future development, and the lease with York County was extended to 99 years. 

With the farm protected, we were able to get clearer on our work as land stewards and we began to focus clearly on regenerative agriculture. We developed a land use management plan and a strategic plan, which encouraged our farmers to employ only organic and regenerative farming practices on the 186 acres of the Horn Farm Center. This transition was completed in the 2020 season but our work continues as we explore new ways to restore the land and nurture our community. 

The Horn Farm Center is part of the watershed that feeds the Susquehanna River, one of the three oldest rivers in the world. Our work as land stewards not only directly affects the ecosystem that the Horn Farm exists within, but also impacts the health of the river, and the Chesapeake Bay. In the past two years, we have been experimenting with best practices for water management on the farm. In 2020, we began the work of transitioning several acres of farm land into multi-functional riparian buffer landscapes. By planting over 20,000 new trees on the Horn Farm, our goal is to produce food and agroforestry products while protecting the health of our waterways, from the Kreutz Creek, to the Susquehanna and beyond. 

At the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, we are committed to finding ways for humans to feed themselves while also working in partnership with nature. By restoring ecosystems, cultivating healthy soil, producing abundant yields, protecting our watershed and teaching others to do the same, the Horn Farm Center is redefining agriculture. We hope you will join us and become a part of our growing community of land stewards. Become patron of the Horn Farm Center.  
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