Working Hand-in-Hand on the Land
- Producing chemical-free produce
- Teaching sustainable agriculture & land stewardship
- Encouraging a yearning for learning
Heritage Creek is a small-scale vegetable farm that produces chemical-free food. Rooted in the simplicity of nature, HCFC also offers a variety of farm-based programs for children and families. Care-taking of the environment, learning about food origin and producing vegetables and small fruit through sustainable growing practices are fundamental elements at Heritage Creek .
Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides farm-fresh produce to our members. The food grown on our farm is also sold to community partners and distributed at mobile markets as part of farm-to-school activities.
Family Farm provide opportunities for adults and youth to visit Heritage Creek to experience a sampling of life on the farm together!
We offer a variety of farm-based programs for students of all ages. Contact us for more information. We are happy to design a farm-to-school activity to meet your curricular goals.
We are offering 5 weeks of summer camp during 2021 for children ages 7-12. Enrollment is by a lottery-style process. Applications will be received through March 5th. Campers selected by the lottery will be notified by March 15. Enrollment must be accepted or declined by March 19. All applicants not selected by the lottery will be placed on the waiting list. See Farm Camp for more details.
Field trips to our farm can be scheduled throughout the year. During summer 2021, we will have a limited availability to host field trips groups.
We offer farm programs for home-school students ages 10+ during the school year and for teens ages 13+ during the summer. This program is designed for youth that are interested in delving more deeply into the various aspects of agriculture.
Heritage Creek is a small-scale vegetable farm in Mount Joy, PA. It is also an educational initiative that encourages a healthy lifestyle, models socially responsible ways to positively impact today's society and teaches environmental stewardship. Our farm is committed to producing chemical-free food for the community and offering farm-based education programs.
Through teaching a broad approach to farming we hope people will see food production through a new set of eyes and understand the way food is grown has a direct correlation to food quality and nutritional value.
Our intention is to sow the seeds of a new generation of farmers and consumers that value the way food is grown; bringing further awareness to how farming practices impact the environment and the health of our society. The fruits of our labors are evident in the bountiful harvest that creates a strong sense of community. Our success are measured in teachable moments that connect people to the earth and to the origin of their food.
Through various events offered on the farm, participants develop an understanding of the plant and animal kingdoms. Children and families help plant seeds, learn about farming in the production garden as they develop an appreciation for the work that goes into growing food.
Inspired by the wonders of nature and the joys of discovery, our learning stations are designed for children and families to explore the great outdoors on the farm and in the forest.
“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”
― Luther Burbank
HCFC provides an authentic farm experience. Our farm is a popular destination for field trips for local public and private schools. Our summer camp primarily serves children in Lancaster, York, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties and also welcomes children from other areas of the country that are visiting family.
Organic farming dwells deep within my soul. My youthful memories are filled with walking barefoot in the warm soil, nurturing crops to ripeness, harvesting produce for our daily meals and preserving food for winter storage. I am a prodigy child of the organic movement that was locally inspired by Rodale Institute and Gene Logsdon. From seedling to adulthood, I have been nourished by wholesome food and have been steeped in the love of caretaking the land.
We live in a face paced age of technology where a lifestyle rooted in the simplicity of farm life is like finding a pearl in an oyster. Our children are growing up without experiencing the wonders of nature and the joy of discovery. The art of producing our own food is becoming a lost tradition that is in need of revitalization. Heritage Creek's programs provide an opportunity for children and families to participate in the growing of food while learning to become better stewards of the earth.
Our farm's mission is to plant the seeds of learning. Teaching sustainable agriculture provides the opportunity to spark meaningful conversations, light the fire for environmental awareness and model how individual actions can make a difference in our world. We hope to cultivate a new generation that values a healthy lifestyle and understands the local and global responsibilities of taking care of the environment. Our mission is two-fold in nature - raise wholesome food and also educate and encourage people to grow their own food!
Darby Schock is a former high school teacher turned farmer who loves the outdoors. He completed a regenerative farming program at Horn Farm Center, York County, in fall of 2020. As a trainee, he learned all aspects of farming as well as land stewardship. He also learned foraging skills and cultivating gourmet mushrooms.
Darby is very excited to be a farming at HCFC to share what he has learned with others. He looks forward to helping support HCFC’s mission by providing good quality produce to our local community and teaching agriculture to youth and adults.
He spends his free time camping and hiking all around the United States with his wife and son.
Our curriculum and activities are designed to give a wide variety of experiences at the farm. Here are some of the areas we strive to provide throughout our programs:
Heritage Creek Farm camp & education center
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