Planting for Winter Interest
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Planting for Winter Interest

Our home gardens are often designed for the warm growing season, overlooking the potential of a stunning winter garden with snow-capped seed heads and hints of green to remind us of the abundance of life to soon spring forth. In this short course, attendees learned about the wildlife value of keeping their plant stalks standing in the winter and which native plants are best as a winter highlight in their home gardens. Participants practiced skills acquired in the course, on the Homefields property.

Elyse Jurgen is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and Permaculture Designer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and a Civic Ecology certification from Cornell University. She has studied ecological landscape design at Mount Cuba and has studied with Claudia West and Danilo Maffei. She is an artist in residence with the PA Council on the arts and teaches urban schoolyard habitat design in schools. Elyse works with homeowners to incorporate native plants restoration in home landscapes.

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Full Moon Tai Chi and Gentle Yoga
Sep
13
6:15 PM18:15

Full Moon Tai Chi and Gentle Yoga

Elizabeth Swope and Amy Finnegan led a Tai chi and yoga class at Homefields. Full Moon Tai chi and Gentle Yoga honor the fluid lunar nature, slowing down and practicing self-care. Gentle movements connect your mind, body and spirit to the farm and earth.

Elizabeth Swope is a 200-hour yoga teacher of gentle, restorative and slow mindful yoga incorporating season, rhythms, and poetry.

Amy Finnegan has worked for 20 years as a physical therapist assistant in outpatient physical therapy.


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Foraging for Wild Edibles and Wildflowers
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Foraging for Wild Edibles and Wildflowers

Kevin Faccenda led a group through Homefields’ property, showing them how to recognize and gather historic plants used as food and our wildflowers. He displayed core concepts of wild plant identification through hands-on demonstration along with use of materials such as field guides and plant keys. Local and in-season wild plants which are most useful and tasteful edibles was the focus of the talk.

Kevin Faccenda is a student of botany at Millersville University. He is focusing on learning the plants of Southeast PA and has been studying plant identification for 8 years.

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Spinning & Weaving Demonstration
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

Tracy Beck and members of the Lancaster Spinning and Weaving Guild displayed various spinning and weaving techniques at this Homefields "Talks in the Fields" demonstration. Participants were able to gain hands-on experience and exchange ideas on how to achieve the highest standards of excellence in the fiber arts.

Tracy Beck has been a member of the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild for a year and has learned many new skills on her spinning wheel and rigid heddle weaving loom. She participated in the 2018 PA Farm Show Sheep to Shawl competition.

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Full Moon Tai Chi and Gentle Yoga
Aug
16
6:15 PM18:15

Full Moon Tai Chi and Gentle Yoga

Elizabeth Swope and Amy Finnegan led a Tai chi and yoga class at Homefields. Full Moon Tai chi and Gentle Yoga honor the fluid lunar nature, slowing down and practicing self-care. Gentle movements connect your mind, body and spirit to the farm and earth.

Elizabeth Swope is a 200-hour yoga teacher of gentle, restorative and slow mindful yoga incorporating season, rhythms, and poetry.

Amy Finnegan has worked for 20 years as a physical therapist assistant in outpatient physical therapy.

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Using Native Ground Covers
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Using Native Ground Covers

In this short course, Elyse Jurgen showed how to integrate native ground covers amidst your perennial beds to cut down on the time and energy spent towards editing out unwanted plants. Through mimicking natural landscapes in your home garden, you can cut back on time and financial resources used to apply wood mulch and spend more time enjoying the garden you created. Participants practiced skills acquired in this course, on the Homefields property.

Elyse Jurgen is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and Permaculture Designer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and a Civic Ecology certification from Cornell University. She has studied ecological landscape design at Mount Cuba and has studied with Claudia West and Danilo Maffei. She is an artist in residence with the PA Council on the arts and teaches urban schoolyard habitat design in schools. Elyse works with homeowners to incorporate native plants restoration in home landscapes.

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Foraging for Wild Edibles and Wildflowers
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Foraging for Wild Edibles and Wildflowers

Kevin Faccenda led a group through Homefields’ property, showing them how to recognize and gather historic plants used as food and our wildflowers. He displayed core concepts of wild plant identification through hands-on demonstration along with use of materials such as field guides and plant keys. Local and in-season wild plants which are most useful and tasteful edibles was the focus of the talk.

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Storm Water Management 101 for Homeowners
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Storm Water Management 101 for Homeowners

With increasing storm intensity, do you find that you have more water on your home property than you are able to currently manage? In this short course, attendees learned how to calculate the rain runoff volume of impervious surfaces (roof, driveway, etc.) and how to best design their landscape to capture that stormwater to create a beautiful native garden.

Elyse Jurgen is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and Permaculture Designer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and a Civic Ecology certification from Cornell University. She has studied ecological landscape design at Mount Cuba and has studied with Claudia West and Danilo Maffei. She is an artist in residence with the PA Council on the arts and teaches urban schoolyard habitat design in schools. Elyse works with homeowners to incorporate native plants restoration in home landscapes.

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Lancaster Conservancy, Wildlife Habitats
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Lancaster Conservancy, Wildlife Habitats

Linda Ferich of the Lancaster Conservancy illustrated how Wildlife Habitats are crucial to wildlife corridors and the food web.

As the coordinator of the Lancaster Conservancy Community Wildlife Habitat initiative, Linda Ferich offers free National Wildlife Federation site assessments for habitat; conservation landscape design; and information on the best BMP for storm water.

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Foraging for Wild Edibles
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Foraging for Wild Edibles

Kevin covered core concepts of wild plant identification through hands-on demonstration along with using materials such as field guides and plant keys. The local and in-season wild plants which are most useful and tasteful edibles was the focus of this talk.

Kevin Faccenda is a student of botany at Millersville Uniersity. He is focusing on learning the plants of Southeast PA and has been studying plant identification for 8 years.

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Why Rotational Grazing?
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Why Rotational Grazing?

Tyler and Joella Neff of Mirror Image Farms talked about the 'hows' and 'whys' of grazing their livestock rotationally, and the benefits of permanent pasture. They brought mobile fencing that they use on their farm, to demonstrate the advantages of flexible fencing. The farmers discussed how mobile fencing allows them to be responsive to the changing conditions of their livestock, seasons and weather conditions. Tyler and Joella grilled samples of their grass fed and pastured meats, including tips on grilling some lesser-known cuts.

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Farm Share Journal
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Farm Share Journal

Master naturalist and watercolor artist Carol Welsh visited the farm to demonstrate her nature journalling technique using vegetables and herbs from Homefields.  She was joined by friends of Homefields, who made nature journal pages of their own. 

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Farm Share Journal
Sep
8
1:30 PM13:30

Farm Share Journal

Carol Welsh, a knowledgeable naturalist and accomplished artist, selected vegetables, herbs and flowers in season at the farm for rendering and offered recipes and fascinating information about each selection for inclusion in journals. 

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Gentle Tai Chi and Yoga
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gentle Tai Chi and Yoga

Find fluidity, mobility and movement.  Amy's peaceful Tai Chi will move the qi through your body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.  Maggie's gentle, flowing yoga will move you through a few standing poses and then restore you with seated and reclining poses. 

This will be an hour of gentle, flowing movement accessible for all levels, and beginners are welcome.

Suggested $5 donation, all proceeds go to Homefields

Class will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather

Contact Elizabeth with questions at community@homefields.org or, call the Farm office at 717.871.3110

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Outdoor Skills
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Skills

Matt Dilley demonstrated backpacking skills and set-up the campsite he uses when backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and out west in Yellowstone National Park.  Bonus info included knot-making, cooking on the trail, and how to sleep in a hammock.

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Applesauce & Canning
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Applesauce & Canning

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.

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Oils & Vinegars
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Oils & Vinegars

Saturday, August 10, 9:00 a.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.

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