Farmstay U.S. Blog

Created for and by travelers and the farmers, these posts will cover a variety of topics related to farm stays in the U.S.

Alternative Energy Farm Stays

Interested in alternative energy? Learn about wind and solar power as you harvest veggies and feed the goats! Check out these four alternative energy farm stays in the Northeast.


Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center, in the Catskills of upstate New York, offers a three-bedroom guest house rental, and has rooftop solar panels in addition to a wind turbine.  The farm is organic and horse-powered. Owners Dick and Sonja also raise sheep, goats, and veggies and offer classes on farming, cheesemaking, spinning, and renewable energy. Guesthouse rates start at $400 for two nights for up to five guests.

Pompanuck Farm Institute, also in upstate New York and 3.5 hours from both New York City and Montreal, is a non-profit that hosts courses, concerts, and events related to the arts, gardening, and sustainability.  The institute is located on 78 acres of fields, forests and streams, and offers personal retreats in private or shared guest houses, or primitive camping.  Some buildings are powered with solar panels. Roundhouse rooms start at $75/night, and a private guesthouse starts at $175/night.

On Warren Pond Farm & Seed Co. , in Central New York's Finger Lakes region, is a self-sufficient, off-the-grid farm with has a water wheel, windmills, and solar panels.  The farm offers tent sites and four rustic cabin rentals on 37 acres.  The Warren family raises "morganic" heritage meats like bison, elk, and deer, in addition to grains, seeds, and vegetables. Cabin rentals cost $40 per weekend.

D Acres of New Hampshire Organic Farm and Educational Homestead offers primitive camping as well as private or  shared hostel accommodations in a beautiful modern farmhouse in Central New Hampshire.  The farm is located on 180 primarily-forested acres, and has 3 acres of fruit and vegetable gardens, as well as chickens, pigs, and oxen.  Outside the farmhouse sits a freestanding solar array that rotates to follow the sun, as well as solar hot water and a solar-powered irrigation system.  Prices for camping and the hostel range from $10-65. (Disclaimer: I worked as the Garden Manager at D Acres in 2005)

In addition to contributing here at Farm Stay U.S., Michelle also blogs about farm stays and agritourism at

2 comments for “Alternative Energy Farm Stays”

  1. Posted Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 3:52:03 PM

    On Warren Pond Farm sounds awesome, and very reasonable, and I love the rustic look of that cabin. Sounds cool.

  2. Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:26:25 PM

    I am sorry to say that On Warren Pond Farm has ceased to operate as a farm stay as of September 2010 due to a death in the family and subsequent sale of the property. We have removed the farm from our listings and wish to express our deepest sympathy to the former owner, as her place was truly an example of sustainability and love for the land.

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