Nestled in the rolling landscape of York County, PA close to the Maryland line are Spoutwood Farm's 26 acres, only 45 minutes north of Baltimore. There is a sense of abundant life here amidst the variety of rolling hills, fertile bottomland, steep wooded hillsides, and old meadows, orchards and pastures. In this richly diverse setting, it is our mission to help people come alive to nature all around us as well as to our own creative natures. We invite people to nurture a sense of wonder, to respect and befriend all living beings, domestic and wild, as well as the environment that supports us all.
Rob Wood on the bridge -photo by Roland Rode
Just a few of the things that happen in these magical surroundings are the May Day Fairie Festival the first weekend in May, where fairies from all over the country (and the world) gather together to celebrate the coming of summer with dance, song, food, drums and more! Mother Earth Harvest Moon Fair celebrates the spirit of the Fall season but most importantly, it is a celebration of healthy living, promoting wellness and respect for the Earth.
The Evenings of Wonder at the Spoutwood Observatory are nights filled with the magic of the unfolding universe. Imagine looking into the heart of a globular cluster while surrounded by 26 acres of countryside, these evenings are a definite don't miss for the whole family. Spoutwood Farm is dedicated to various Educational Programs that teach young people where it is exactly that our food comes from ... it does not come from a store, it comes from the Earth, and all that we put into the Earth comes back to us eventually. The Community Supported Agriculture garden is the crowning jewel of the farm. We grow enough food on just three acres to support 100 families, and we do it *Organically! We can't imagine a better way to influence the lives of those we care about more than feeding them in a healthy manner, combining the wellness of body, mind and spirit.
*Organically : Spoutwood grows everything using organic methods as perscribed by the USDA for compliance with the National Organic Program and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Guide 65. Spoutwood Farm CSA is not certified "Organic" (now a trademark), as the expense at this time is prohibitive. Organic certification is not a guarantee of quality or purity of the product. Rather, it is evidence of the operation's adherence to a prescribed system of agriculture and food production that involves the building and enhancing of the soil naturally, protection of the environment, humane treatment of animals and avoidance of toxic synthetic substances, all of which Spoutwood Farm CSA has been doing for years.
Foursquare herb garden -photo by Roland Rode