About Hungry Hook Farm

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

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. Plants are priced between $4.00 and $10.00, depending on the species and its age. Discounts are available for non-profit organizations and orders over 50 plants. Advice on the right plants for your site is always free.

About Growing Local Ecotypes

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

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:

+The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual: Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block
+The USDA PLANTS Database
+The Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
+Go Botany: New England Wildflower Society

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.