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.

Archive for tag: Kansas

Don't miss our previous list of farm stays to follow on Instagram!

It can be difficult to say goodbye to your new "farm family" when vacation is over. You want to hang on to that feeling - the connection and quietude.

Farmers are sharing their daily lives with increasing frequency via social media, and one of our favorite ways to see what they're up to is to follow on Instagram. Here, in no particular order, are six more farms or ranches (with farm stays) to follow on Instagram right now!

1. ABC Acres in Hamilton, Montana

ABC Acres uses their Instagram feed to show off their gorgeous land, from endless skies and mountain vistas, right down to the earthworms in the pasture and everything between the two.

abc_acres Instagram

See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: ABC Acres

 

2. Blind Buck Valley Farmstead in Salem, New York

Blind Buck Valley Farmstead provides lots of little glimpses into life on their farm, like their beautiful location, the 18th century farmhouse accommodations, chickens and eggs, and happy kids (human and goat).

bbvfarmstead instagram

See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Blind Buck Valley Farmstead

 

3. Hillside Homestead in Suttons Bay, Michigan

Food historian Susan Odom has created something unique at Hillside Homestead. Follow along on Instagram for photos of farm animals, woodstove cooking (and bread baking!), and projects around the farm.

Hillside Homestead Instagram

See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Hillside Homestead

 

4. Dogwood Hills Guest Farm in Harriet, Arkansas

Here's a farm that's proud of their state - check out one of the hashtags they use, #wonderfularkansas. Dogwood Hills shares a mix of photos from around the farm and various activites relating to agritourism.

Dogwood Hills Instagram

See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Dogwood Hills Guest Farm

 

5. The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, New Hampshire

East Hill Farm has a long and fascinating history in New Hampshire. Of all the farm stays listed here at Farm Stay U.S., they can accommodate the most guests (140) and their inn has been a destination for families since cottages were built after World War II. Their photos provide a glimpse of activities and inquisitive animals.

Inn at East Hill Farm Instagram

See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: The Inn at East Hill Farm

 

6. Serenity Sheep Farm Stay in Belgrade, Montana

Another one from #bigskycountry! We love the photos of the covered wagon guest accommodations, but all the shots of animals and wool-related activities are equally enjoyable.

Serenity Sheep Instagram

See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Serenity Sheep Farm Stay

 

Hope you've discovered some new favorites here! Also, be sure to follow Farm Stay U.S. on Instagram. We mostly re-gram from our farm stay members, so it's a great way to find new places to add to your must-visit list.

Netherfield Natural Farm, located in Fontana, Kansas, offers two types of stays in their restored 1882 Victorian farmhouse. You can opt for a traditional B&B style stay (which includes breakfast, of course), or a farm stay with all family style meals included while you're on the farm.

Up on a hill, with great views and plenty of privacy from neighbors, this rural farm has 14 acres, a fishing pond, two story barn (check out their BAR/N - a saloon inside their working barn!), fire pits, picnic areas, and walking trails.

Netherfield Barn

 

Innkeepers Scott and Matt have honored the history of the original homesteaders by naming the farm's four guest bedrooms after the Vance family. The accommodations are cozy and inviting, giving travelers plenty of private space while the shared living room and dining room spaces offer opportunities for visiting. The bedrooms have either queen or full-size beds; two with private baths and two sharing a bath.

Netherfield Farm Bedrooms

Netherfield Farm Interior

 

Other amenities include a full kitchen, laundry faciliites, library, internet with free wifi, fire pit, bbq, and a pond. During the summer months, enjoy the new swimming pool!

Netherfield Farm Activities and Animals

 

Netherfield Farm HouseAt Netherfield Natural Farm, guests can enjoy interacting with cows, free-ranging chickens, a turkey, a livestock guardian dog (LGD) and a "house dog", and barn cats. When there are animals that need to be bottle-fed, guests are welcome to pitch in and lend a hand.


Same goes for other chores around the farm, including the garden, where you can potentially help with planting or harvesting, depending on what's needed during your stay.

The farm's stated goal is to be, as much as possible,  a self-sustaining place for vacationers who are looking for a temporary rural agrarian experience.

Children under 12 are welcome at Netherfield, as well as parties, family reunions, corporate retreats, and weddings or elopements. If you want to bring pets or your own horses to ride, they can accommodate you! Check out their listing here on Farm Stay U.S., and start planning your Kansas getaway!

Netherfield Farm American Gothic Poses

Photos courtesy Netherfield Natural Farm

This month we feature an interview with a very dynamic duo, ranch stay members Ron and Chris Wilson of Lazy T Ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

FSUS: Ron and Chris, you both have quite the bios! You are both 5th
generation ranchers, plus Ron has been (in his words):

A 4-H member, FFA officer, farm radio broadcaster, college lecturer,
Congressional staffer, association executive, rural development
director, corporate vice-president, small business co-founder, rodeo
ticket-taker, Sunday School teacher, diaper changer, bottle washer,
tractor driver, posthole digger, thistle chopper, haybale stacker,
fence fixer, calf holder, manure scooper, and tail twister.

And Chris has served as the President of the American Agri-Women and as Kansas
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture! family


How and why did you two decide to host a Ranch Stay amidst all of this?

Ron & Chris: Five years ago we moved back to the ranch and built a new home.  Mom moved up with us two years ago, leaving her house empty so it was available to remodel and serve as a guest house.

FSUS: What's the setting of your ranch like? What's the landscape like,
and the climate?

Ron & Chris: You've heard of flat, treeless Kansas?  This is the exact opposite.  We are nestled in a region called the Flint Hills, with tall hills, deep draws, plenty of native stone, and lots of trees and brush.  We have four distinct seasons, each of which has its appeal.

FSUS: What do guests typically do during their stay at your ranch?

Ron & Chris: Guests can enjoy their privacy if they like, because we are in a secluded spot although close to Manhattan, but usually our guests choose to visit our historic stone barn, feed horses and goats, and enjoy the landscape.  Sometimes a family will gather eggs from our chickens and have them for breakfast.

ranch-houseFSUS: Since both of your families' roots in ranching go way back, and you are involved with many facets of ranching and ag policy, I expect you have some insight into ranching history and trends. How has ranching changed or stayed the same in this country over time?

Ron & Chris: This is generally cow-calf country, with herds of brood cows populating the rangeland.  Cattle feeding is not predominant here, although there are some feedyards.  Cattle feeding has become concentrated, particularly in western Kansas where several large packers have located.  Beef is our state's largest single ag industry, still dominated by decentralized groups of producers (as opposed to pork and poultry, which have become more unified or vertically integrated).  In addition to ranchers, there are lots of farmer-stockmen raising grain and cattle.

FSUS: Ron was dubbed the "Poet Lariat" of Kansas in 2003 by then-governor Bill Graves. Ron, why did you start writing Cowboy Poetry? Do your ranch stay guests get to see you perform? ridinginparadecloseup

Ron: I grew up here on the ranch and have always been a cowboy at heart.  Years ago I was at a conference in Colorado where they had a cowboy poet as entertainment.  I had never heard or seen such a goofy thing, but it was definitely entertaining.  Years later I tried my hand at writing and performing it myself, and have had a great time since.  Overnight guests don't get cowboy poetry as such, but they do if they schedule one of our beef barbecue suppers.

FSUS: Could you tell us about the special events you have at your ranch throughout the year? Like the fall festival and National Day of the Cowboy?

Ron & Chris: Most of our activities are done by appointment, such as when tour groups or organizations book an evening for supper and entertainment.  However, during weekends in October, we hold our Fall Festival which is open admission for pony rides, pumpkin patch, hayrack ride, kid activities, etc.  In 2012, for the first time, we hosted a National Day of the Cowboy celebration and had about 50 people come out for speakers, picnic supper, and western entertainment.  It was a lot of fun and would hope to do it again.

FSUS: What are the accommodations like at your ranch?

Ron & Chris: The guest house is a remodeled and expanded family farm home, with three bedrooms and a large common living room.  It has satellite television, but it also has card games and marks on the wall to mark the kids height on their birthdays through the years.  The front porch is native stone and the house is nestled into our corner of the river valley, surrounded by the Flint Hills.

FSUS: What meals do you offer, and what's on the menu?

Ron & Chris: We offer lunch and supper but supper is our most common offering: beef barbecue with all the trimmings.  See http://lazytranchadventures.com/lazy-t-ranch-beef-bbq.htm

FSUS: Anything else you'd like to highlight?

barn-w-horsesRon & Chris: A friend of ours has a saying:  Horses are magic.  We have had visitors who apparently have never seen a horse up close and personal, and they seem to find them fascinating.  People love to pet and feed them.  The goats will eat feed right out of kids' hands, which tickles their palms and causes them to have a blast.  Kids have described their birthday parties here as their best ever.

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For more information on Lazy T Ranch, visit their Farm Stay U.S. listing or their website: http://www.lazytranchadventures.com/

Welcome New Members - January 2012

We are glad to welcome three new members to the Farm Stay U.S. family! Introducing...

 

Dogwood Hills Farm, Harriet, Arkansas

dogwood-hills-bnb-farmhouse

The cozy cottage at Dogwood Hills Farm is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Visitors are invited to help the owners with their morning chores of gathering eggs, feeding animals, and checking on babies as they arrive. Animals on the farm include cows, horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, and ducks -- and dogs and cats, too!

Dogwood Hills Farm can accommodate up to 8 people in the 3 bedroom cottage, and meals can be self-prepared in the full kitchen. They welcome children under 12, family reunions, and other special events.

 

The Williams Farm, Newborn, Georgia

The Williams Farm Rooster

The rustic farmhouse at The Williams Farm is located just an hour from Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors will experience what it's like to live on a farm with chickens and goats, a garden, and 300 acres of fields and woods to explore. Enjoy picnics, stargazing, rocking on the front porch, or picking pecans (in the fall).

The farmhouse has one large room upstairs that can accommodate up to 8 guests, and a main level suite to accommodate two. Meals can be included and served family-style, or may be self-prepared in the full kitchen. They welcome children under 12, pets, weddings, and other parties or special events.

 

Asgaard Farm and Dairy, Au Sable Forks, New York

Asgaard Farm Goat

The Emmerson House at Asgaard Farm and Dairy is the historic estate of Rockwell Kent, a well-known artist, writer, adventurer, political activist, and farmer. Located in the Adirondacks, the house was originally built in the 1930s. This diversified family farm has a goat dairy and creamery at its core, with grass-fed and grass-finished beef, pastured pork, poultry and eggs. Visitors may be able to help with some of the chores during their stay, or they may choose to relax and just observe.

The house can accommodate up to four guests. Meals are self-prepared in the full kitchen. Children under 12 are welcome.