Rob Wood, who owns the farm with his wife, Lucy, said the festival will include demonstrations and activities centered on the theme Fresh Local Approaches to Fun and Healthy Living.
"We feel like things need to happen at the local level," said Wood, who's involved in the York County food movement.
Spoutwood Farm operates a CSA and had 100 participants this year.
The fair will feature food canning, freezing, drying and fermenting; green drinks, such as smoothies made with lettuce or kale; farmers and farmers markets; the Watershed Alliance of York; and a healthy mind, body and spirit tent, among other activities. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors are expected.
As for entertainment, kids can have fun in Children's Village, petting animals, doing yoga and making scarecrows.
Musicians Megan and the Wheelmen and Morgan La Fave will perform, and Lara Vracarich will teach creative rhythm and dance.
Participants from Teen Battle Chef - an eight-week program at the farm that aims to empower kids to become ambassadors for healthy eating - will face off in a quesadilla cook-off.
"We want to get the idea out that teenagers can make a big difference in the community," Wood said.
He said he expects about 1,000 people to attend, but he hopes for 1,500 to 2,000 people to help spread the farm's mission of reconnecting humans to nature.
Wood said harvest is the perfect time to celebrate and thank the land for what it provides.
"I hope that being out on a beautiful day and in a beautiful setting will rekindle people's connection to the harvest," he said.
If you go
WHAT: Eighth Annual Mother Earth Hands-On
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Spoutwood Farm, 4255 Pierceville Road, Codorus Township
COST: $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger
DETAILS: Visit www.spoutwood.org or call 717-235-