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Horn Farm

Jeff with Ramps
Location
6706 Allegheny Road
Manns Choice, PA
County
Bedford
Description
Business improvement
Total Project Cost
$190,000
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I just didn’t believe the help that [The Progress Fund] gave us. If they didn’t, we would probably be a year or two behind. … We just keep going back to them.

- Jeff Horn, co-owner, Horn's Farm

People

“When my dad died, I started realizing that life does end, and you might as well be doing something that you love,” says Jeff Horn. So he left the insurance industry and returned to his family’s farm. He and his wife, Mandi, won organic certification and later began selling produce through her new restaurant. They wanted to consolidate debt and improve grazing capacity, but getting a bank loan proved a hard row to hoe.

Progress

With U.S. Department of Agriculture help, the Horns divided the farm into 17 pastures with water tanks and troughs. The Progress Fund, which supports local agriculture, loaned $190,000 to address the debt and improvements.

Impact

“Organic farming,” says Jeff, “really is a new way of farming, and it takes a lot of research to do that.” Accordingly, he used local lumber to fence off the pastures, and pipe from area vendors to distribute water. Now the Horn’s Farm cattle and sheep drink from troughs rather than sullying streams, and each pasture gets time to recover between grazing periods. The farm supplies organic food to Horn O Plenty: A Farm to Table Restaurant. “It’s not uncommon for people to come here who might have a food allergy or be taking chemotherapy,” Jeff says. “We started farming for ourselves, and ended up helping other people.”

News about Horn Farm

We’re diggin’ farm-to-table!

Grand Opening of Horn O Plenty, Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Bedford, PA Congratulations to Mandisa and Jeff Horn, owners of Horn O Plenty, Bedford’s first and only Farm-to-Table Restaurant. Horn O Plenty offers fresh, local food from their farm located just 3 miles away from their restaurant. They champion the idea of preparing good food with big flavor, seasonally and simply … Continue reading Read the full post »

Horn’s Farm beefs up organic meat, vegetable production

Manns Choice, PA – Sept. 4, 2012 – September is Local Food Month in Pennsylvania, and few routes from field to fork are more direct than the one between the newly improved Horn's Farm and the recently opened Horn O Plenty: A Farm to Table Restaurant. Continue reading Read the full post »