Homefields Incorporated

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Residential Mission:

To create financially secure, long-term homes in safe, family-like settings where there is respect for the individual in a holistic sense, and fun and creativity are revered as basic human needs.

Vocational Mission:

To provide agricultural facilities for individuals who prosper with supported employment; to nurture integration through community interaction; and to cultivate a spirit of volunteerism within our community.

Homefields is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)3

EIN: 23-2744180

Talks in the Fields

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From cheesemaking to beekeeping, the Talks in the Fields series connects local experts to residents, shareholders, and families in the community, promoting healthy living by providing information.



Portrait of smiling Katrina#20 Storybook Reading

June 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Author and illustrator Katrina Morse read from her recent books “At Home with Books” and “It Began with a Song”.

Marisa, smiling in front of row of mason jars#19 Canning and Preserving

August 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Food blogger, cookbook author, and canning teacher Marisa McClellan showed how to make a batch of Plum Jam with Vanilla, sweetened with honey and set with Pomona’s Pectin, and demonstrated the boiling water bath method for safe, shelf-stable preservation. Attendees went home with their own jar.

Line of Mason jars filled with brightly colored foods: peaches, asparagus, and beets#18 Field Good Yoga

July 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Elizabeth Swope led a beginner yoga class with a brief talk, light farm-fare veggie tasting, and cucumber water.

Line of Mason jars filled with brightly colored foods: peaches, asparagus, and beets#17 Canning and Preserving

July 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Marisa McClellan, author and blogger, demystified canning for beginners and offered tips and short cuts for seasoned preservers.

apples#16 Pollination

August 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Lydia Martin, an educator with the Lancaster County Conservancy, conversed about natural pollinators and our insect hotels were dedicated.

Mason jars full of tomatoes#15 Pressure Cooking

August 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Lisa Sanchez, Park Naturalist with Lancaster County Parks, demonstrated pressure canning.

Crayons#14 Fun with Art

July 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m.

A spontaneous and free-form event in the fields with art materials supplied and no limits implied.

Ruby beef on the cutting board#13 Grass-fed beef

November 16, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Liz Martin, owner of Ironstone Spring Farm and fifth-generation cattle farmer, discussed grass-fed beef.

Maple Trees#12 Maple Syrup

September 27, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Mary Lee Zechman spoke on maple syrup, cream and sugar, with tasty samples.

apples#11 Lactofermentation

October 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Lydia Martin, an educator with the Lancaster County Conservancy, presented on natural pollinators.

apples#10 Applesauce & Canning

October 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

PSU Extension Master Food Preservationists Vickie Swiontek and Tammy Collier talked about apples and how to hold onto that fresh taste! They illustrated how to safely prepare and freeze applesauce, with a bit about canning and dehydrating apples.

oils#9 Oils & Vinegars

September 27, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Tim Balshi of Seasons Taproom conveyed the basics of oils & vinegars, and then paired samples of this week’s harvest—vegetables, fruits, breads and cheeses—with those oils and vinegars for delicious results.

Seven chakras#8 Yoga in the Fields

August 10, 2013, 9:00 a.m.

Daina Savage, a 200-hour RYT instructor, led yoga under the willow, realizing awareness of breath, movement, and mindfulness.

Tomatoes and peppers#7 Salsa in the Fields

August 3, 2013, 4:00–7:00 p.m.

A picnic dinner and blanket . . . we provided the chips and fresh ingredients and you whipped up some fresh salsa to share.

Plate of food#6 Healthy Eating

July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Susan Hohendal, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, spoke about healthy eating and provided take-home recipes.

Five spices on teaspoons#5 Cool Foods/Hot Days

July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Margot Green, Executive Chef for a nationally-known, upscale grocer, shared recipes for turning your harvest into delicious meals, without adding any more heat in the kitchen.

Bee on sunflower#4 Belle’s Bees Apiary

June 29, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Danielle Frederick-Rhoades, Backyard Bee Keeper and owner of Belle’s Bees Apiary, shared information about bees, hives and colonies, and bee gardens, with mention of the bees here at Homefields.

Baking bread#3 Abendessen Breads

June 8, 2013, 10:00–1:00 p.m.

Stephanie Breneman brought samples and answered questions about home bread-making and the bread share available through the CSA program.

Luscious cheese#2 Hill Acres Pride Farm

May 18, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Mandy Arrowsmith introduced cheese-making and the cheese share available via Homefields.

peaches#1 North Star Orchards

May 4, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Ike & Lisa Kershner described backyard fruit-growing and the fruit share available via Homefields.