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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Horn Farm Center to Rebuild

The nonprofit Horn Farm Center’s historic farmhouse was struck by lightning on October 25, destroying the second and third floors, but no one was injured. Executive Director Alexis Campbell is soliciting donation by check or online at She states, "There is something innately powerful about fire. It can destroy and create in an instant. In a forest ecosystem, fire can be the clearing energy that builds soil for incredible growth. While this tragic event is unbelievably challenging and we are still grieving what was lost, we are choosing to accept that fire is a gift. We trust that this disruption will lead to extraordinary growth for the Horn Farm Center."


Over the past two years the Horn Farm Center has adopted new leadership, grew its staff, engaged more than 160 volunteers and launched its signature land steward training program. This year, they set out to plant 10,000 trees and achieved that goal in October.


Future plans include launching a new edible forest garden demonstration project, planting another four acres of riparian trees and working with community partners such as the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the York County Conservation District.


Location: 4945 Horn Rd., York. For more information, call 717-757-6441 or email [email protected] Read the annual appeal letter from Alexis Campbell in its entirety, here.