About HHF

Hungry Hook Farm is dedicated to promoting the indigenous plants of Pennsylvania and the Eastern Woodlands. Every backyard and each landscape has the potential to contribute to plant and animal biodiversity in a positive way. Indigenous plants are an integral part of biodiversity because they are the building blocks of healthy and sustainable local ecosystems. Genetic diversity is also important for the continuation of indigenous plant species. We work to ensure this diversity by growing plants from open-pollinated seed collected from local ecotypes.

Hungry Hook Farm makes a conscious effort to grow all plants from seed--this means you may find, on rare occasion, a genetic surprise! Our potting soil is peat-free and all plants are organically-grown. Discounts are available for non-profit organizations. Advice on the right plants for your site is always free.

About Growing Local Ecotype Plants from Seeds

Seed collection is an integral part of our work because plant community restoration, to both small gardens and large meadows, is best done with local ecotype plants. If you would like plants grown from an existing population on your property, we are happy to help with everything from seed collection, to germination, to the final product.

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About the Website

The information included in these pages is a compilation of observations by the author, as well as information from trusted sources. Sources referenced may include the following:

Jenkins, J. (2019). Sedges of the Northern Forest: a photographic guide. Ithica: Cornell University Press.
Monroe, J.L., & Wright, D.M. (2017). Butterflies of Pennsylvania: a field guide. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Rhoads, A. F., & Block, T. A. (2007). The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Rhoads, A. F., & Block, T. A. (2011). Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania: A Complete Reference guide. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Wagner, D. L. (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Online Resources
Burnham, R.J. (2008-2014). "CLIMBERS: Censusing Lianas in Mesic Biomes of Eastern RegionS." http://climbers.lsa.umich.edu.
'eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Hilty, J. 2020. "Illinois Wildflowers." https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
Native Plant Trust. 2021. Go Botany website (https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/). Framingham, MA 01701 USA.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension. 2021. Plant Toolbox (https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants)
USDA, NRCS. 2021. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 1 February 2021). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

About the Name

North of Manheim, Pennsylvania is an area the erstwhile locals named "Hungry Hook." In his book, "Wayside Tales of Lancaster County," Hungry Hook resident John Kendig wrote, "Various folklore tales concerning [Hungry Hook] say that it is a place so poor that if a rabbit wants to cross it, or a crow tries to fly over it, they must take sandwiches along or starve to death before they reach the other side." Kendig was wise, and instead of planting traditional crops on his property, he pronounced it a tree farm. A young girl spent years exploring those trees. There were patches of White pine--dark, quiet and full of poetry. There were Skunk cabbage swamps that begged to be sloshed through and holly trees that grew like royalty. All that sloshing and poetry lead to the creation of this Hungry Hook Farm and to the hope that we always respect, preserve and create wild places in our own neighborhoods.