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Elyse Jurgen guides Talk attendees through an exercise they can apply in their home projects.

Talks in the Fields

Click here for details on current and past events.
7/27 Foraging for Wild Edibles
8/3
Farm Tour: Weed Management
8/10
Using Native Ground Covers
8/16
Full Moon Tai Chi & Gentle Yoga

9/20: 23rd Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament
9/22: Picnic in the Fields, 11am–3pm (tent.)


Homefields Care Farm CSA

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Prorated amounts are offered for those starting late. Four-week sampler shares available for those who want to get (more than) a taste before jumping on board. Full- and half-sizes too. Click here to see current pricing.

We also partner with nearby organizations to offer add-ons you can pick-up right here, whether or not you’re a Homefields Care Farm shareholder. Click on the links to find out more about Bread, Cheese, Mushrooms, Fruit, Meat, and Eggs.

Don’t forget our referral discount, if you’re a shareholder and get a friend to enroll. Receive a $40 credit if they sign up for a half share and a $75 credit if they sign up for a full share. Send an email to community@homefields.org to let us know who you referred, or call us at 717.871.3110.

By popular demand, gift certificates are also available for the 2019 Season. We can deliver a hard copy or email a PDF. Click here for a secure order form. Email info@homefields.org with any questions.

How you can help / Get involved

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Your Attention

We’re a small democracy, always looking for new voices: volunteers, board members, skills, talent, and experience. . . Become a part at any level that you’re comfortable with:

  • Donate your time. Volunteer once a year, or once a week!

  • Friend us on Facebook.

  • Receive notices. Email us your addresses and we’ll keep you in the loop.

  • Attend a board meeting. Email us and we’ll let you know when the next one comes up.

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Hang Out with us

Our annual events are great ways to break the ice or be a part of the community. They’re also major sustaining fundraisers for our missions.

  • Golf Tournament: Play, sponsor, donate prizes, or volunteer your time.

  • Picnic in the Fields: Help set up and take down, or come to dine and listen to the music.

  • Talks in the Fields: Let us know if you have knowledge to share and we’ll provide the space.

  • Open Barn: Stop by our annual sociable for hayrides, info sessions, and more.

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contributions

Donations are critical to Homefields. Fortunately, there are several quick and easy ways to contribute and get a deduction!

Make a one-time or recurring donation using a credit card or PayPal account.


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The Sierra Club of Lancaster bestowed Homefields with a $500 grant that we used to purchase native plants for a new rain garden (which diverts runoff from the driveway). Shown here are Sean, Carol, Katie, Allison, Mary, Tom, Justin, Matt, Jodi and Linda. Thank you all for your hard work, and a special shout out to Matt Dilley for making it all happen.

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, has recognized our new rain garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife™ program. NWF celebrates this effort to create a garden that supports birds, butterflies, bees, frogs and other local wildlife. Every Certified Wildlife Habitat garden provides natural sources of food, water, cover and places to raise young and is maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water and doesn’t rely on pesticides.

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Homefields is happy to be one of five farms that presented at the Mid-Atlantic Care Farming Summit. Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices for vulnerable groups of people. The summit took place at Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown, Maryland, and the objective was to convey challenges and successes for the benefit of all. 

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In July, members of Friendship Heart Gallery in Lancaster dropped by for a painting session in the barn.

Don’t be surprised if you find plein air artists in the fields or around the greenhouses from time to time!

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 Amberlyn, Mark, Lauren, and David stopped by for a visit in early May. They’re from Able Services / Leg Up Farm, a horticultural therapy farm in York, and it was great to cross-pollinate! Hope you guys had fun in the new greenhouse.

Here’s Taryn Hogeland (former Homefields Farm Manager) with a team of students from the Milton Hershey School on a field trip, literally! Thanks for coming to Homefields Care Farm to hear about organically minded farming practices and a variety of produce.

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 And volunteers from the Occupational Development Center are back with us in 2019, helping with weekly projects such as propagating seedlings and preparing produce for pickup. Welcome back!

If these happy folks look familiar, then you remember Meaningful Day Academy (Friendship Community) volunteers, back for a new season of preparing seedlings and sowing crops. It’s great to be with you again!


Homefields on YouTube

It’s been over two decades since we bought the horse farm that started this all (really?!?). Yet it wasn’t until fairly recently that Tom Strauss, one of our founding fathers, created a video that distills our 25-year history into less than 5 minutes. Check it out. Click on the “Watch YouTube.com” logo at near bottom right to see in a larger screen.


Civic Leadership Award

Homefields received the 2013 Walker Center’s Distinguished Civic Leadership Award from Millersville University, recognizing “individuals or organizations that make noteworthy civic and community contributions of local, regional, national or international impact and who have been a catalyst for encouraging civic engagement on the part of others.”

Urban Preservation Award

Homefields received the C. Emlen Urban Preservation and Honor Award at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County in November 2007. The award was for outstanding effort in preserving and restoring a 140-year-old outbuilding (our current office), and is especially cherished as it was accomplished by reusing all salvageable material, primarily through volunteer labor and expertise, including donations from blueprint to timber framing, masonry, electrical, roofing, and flooring.