Farm Stay USA Team

This site has had many co-creators, from the college students and farm women who began the original research to identify our farm and ranching partners, to several passionate young women with their own visions for promoting the farm stay culture in America.

We couldn't have pulled off this project without all of them and continue to rely on their efforts and resourcefulness, great ideas and total conviction that what we offer in the way of farm and ranch vacations is vital, and important, and even educational (in an ever-so-much-fun, not boring way!).


Founder, Executive Director

Alsea, Oregon


U. S. Farm Stay Association (aka Farm Stay USA) founder Scottie Jones and her husband Greg raise grass-fed lamb at Leaping Lamb Farm in the green hills of Oregon's Coast Range.  Since 2006 they have also operated a thriving farm stay, where they've hosted guests from near and far.

Scottie brings years of entrepreneurial experience to Farm Stay USA, having been the Arizona franchisee for the socially-responsible British company, The Body Shop, and having worked in retail services and marketing at the Phoenix Zoo, where species survival and conservation were critical components of zoo education.

Now through Farm Stay USA, she hopes to provide an economic, educational, even spiritual bridge for rural and urban Americans eager to renew a healthier food and farm system, and access to memorable and wonderful guest experiences.

In her own voice: from KATU and Edible Portland


Communications Manager, Assistant in All Things

Monroe, Oregon

Kate Rivera 2Kate, a photographer and writer, grew up in the beige suburbs of Southern California and moved to Oregon nine years ago, despite the existence of giant house spiders.

In an effort to reduce her own reliance on the industrialized food system, Kate began blogging and writing about local food and farms in the Willamette Valley. She and her husband now raise chickens and bees, and have recently added sheep to their backyard, slowly converting it to a farm.

Kate is the Communications Manager for Farm Stay USA and assists with the daily business of the website. While she has 20+ years of administrative professional experience in various industries, this is the first time she's able to visit with actual turkeys during her lunch hour.


Board of Directors


Penny Leff, UC SAREP, Agritourism Coordinator President

Mike Porcaro, Dell Boomi, Director Corp Communications Vice President

Michael Johnson, Intuit, Director of Finance Treasurer

Greg Jones, Leaping Lamb Farm, owner/operator Secretary

Karen Searle, Montana Bunkhouses Working Ranches, Executive Director past-President

Bill Beckler, GDPR/Cybersecurity Consultant

Jodi Benoit, White Oak Pastures, Farm Events Manager

Melissa Fery, Oregon State University Small Farms, Instructor

Scott Shappell, Netherfield Natural Farm B & B, owner/operator

Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farm, owner/operator


Quick Farm Finder


Farm/Ranch Stay Maps