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Wow, what a great month we had in July for new members! Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to these newly listed farms. Here are some quick highlights from their profiles:

Chantilly Ridge Alpacas

Chantilly Ridge Alpacas

Port Orange, Florida

We are a family run full service Alpaca Farm (meaning we do all the work), located in beautiful Port Orange, FL. Come and help out on the farm, feed and play with the Alpacas, chickens, bunnies. Relax by a beautiful pool (get a wonderful massage, optional ) or visit the many interesting places Daytona Beach and surrounding areas have to offer.

Pholia Farm

Pholia Farm Goat Cheese Dairy

Rogue River, Oregon

Go glamping in a charming, refurbished 1970 Airstream Land Yacht in a private setting on a real goat cheese farm. Participate in milking and farm chores if you like, feed baby goats in the spring, or hike our forest trails. The farm is completely off the power grid and nestled on 24 acres of forest and farmland. It is family run, sustainable, and organically managed.

Sweet Retreat

Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and Sugarworks

Northfield, Vermont

The guesthouse is perfect for short or extended vacations. To get you started, we stock the guesthouse with ample breakfast fixings for your first morning meal. We invite you to help yourself to fresh veggies from our lush garden in summer, and to complimentary maple syrup from our sugarhouse year round throughout your stay.

Harvest Village

Harvest Village

Leroy, Michigan

Harvest Village, an organic, centennial farm features natural meat products from grass fed cattle and sheep; pastured heritage pigs; free range heritage turkeys; and free range chicken eggs.

Spiritwind Farm

Spiritwind Farm

Lebanon, Maine

Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine. I raise English Shire horses, Nubian and Nigerian goats, chickens, and pigs. Delicious Chevre cheese and luxurious goat milk soap are products from my goats. Almost everything I serve is from the garden or from my animals. The animals are all treated humanely and they live happily and freely on the farm.

Flamig Farm 2

Flamig Farm

West Simsbury, Connecticut

Over the past 30 years, driven by Nevin Christensen's Eco-environmental vision, Flamig Farm has grown from a small egg, organic vegetable, and strawberry operation to a richly varied, education and entertainment, farm complex and petting zoo.

Newton Farm

Newton Farm

West Kill, New York

Set in a high mountain valley, in the heart of the Catskill Region, Newton Farm Collective is a small market garden organic farm on 50 acres of rolling pasture and woodland.The farm dates back to the 1840's and retains all of its charm and curiosity, the setting is truly tranquil and peaceful.

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Liberty Hill Farm forms a lovely bucolic picture: a 102-cow dairy and inn nestled along the White River between the steep hills in Central Vermont. There's a tall red barn where guests can try milking a cow or feeding the calves. There's a cozy 1800s farmhouse where guests sleep, eat two home cooked meals a day, and relax, either in the comfy sitting room or on a rocker on the roomy porch. There's also an abundance of nature to enjoy - swimming, tubing and fishing along the White River, hiking and biking through the Green Mountain National Forest, and berry bushes and flowers growing on the wild pieces of the property. In winter, opportunities abound for both cross-country and downhill skiing.

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Beth and Bob Kennett have owned Liberty Hill Farm since 1979. Their two grown sons have recently come back to work on the farm as well. The farm is a proud member of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, makers of "The World's Best Cheddar" according to a spate of cheese competition awards. Liberty Hill Farm itself has also garnered a suite of awards: in 2008 it was designated as "Vermont's 1st Green Agritourism Enterprise." In 2010, the farm was among the few destinations selected for an Editor's Choice "Best of New England" award from Yankee Magazine. The farm has been consistently highlighted in the media, including USA Today, The Boston Globe, and ABC News.

These accolades are well deserved: Beth Kennett is an incredible hostess, and a pioneer of and charismatic spokeswoman for Vermont agritourism -- she's been hosting guests in her farmhouse since 1984.

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I chatted with Beth as she and her friend Lois danced around the kitchen cooking up dinner for 15 guests. Beth regaled me with fascinating tidbits about the history and challenges of the dairy industry and about the incredible impact her farm stay has had on some of her guests. She told me about one man who arrived with serious doubts about spending time on a farm again, having grown up on one. This man, Beth told me, hugged her tightly and literally cried with gratitude as he left, as if the farm stay at Liberty Hill had allowed him a true emotional release. Another guest has visited every year since she was a small child, and now brings her own children for summer vacations to the farm.

Beth loves to cook, and she treats guests to two homemade meals a day featuring Cabot dairy products and food from her neighbors' farms. The dinner menu includes mouthwatering fare like cheddar biscuits, maple cranberry chicken, rice pilaf with wild ramps, and maple pumpkin ice cream for dessert.

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Liberty Hill Farm also hosts wonderful knitting retreats oriented towards cancer support and charity - knitted items are often donated to local hospitals and organizations.

Liberty Hill Farm can host up to 17 guests in the farmhouse. Rates (includes lodging, breakfast, and dinner) are $98 per adult, $75 per teenager, $54 for children under 12, and kids 2 and under stay free. For more information on Liberty Hill Farm, visit their Farm Stay U.S. page.

Fun in Vermont

Shearer Hill Farm

Vermont has a long history of inviting folks to visit their family farms.  The state even has a site called Vermont Farms! that lists activities on farms and farms that offer lodging.

So it is not surprising to see a wonderful video on YouTube that highlights one of our member farms, Shearer Hill Farm.  This video walks you through a day on their place from breakfast to tapping maple trees for syrup.  There's even a side trip you can take to Adams Farm to milk the goats!

Probably longest in the business, and one of the best known stays not only in Vermont, but also in the country is Liberty Hill Farm, where they raise prize-winning Holstein cows, allow kids to interact with calf feeding, and sit you down to farm family meals. We think Lareau Farm also sounds fun with its flatbread oven and history as a farm since 1794 (gosh, right after the Revolution!).

There are working dairy farms, alpaca farms, maple sugar, and sheep farms throughout Vermont.  It's impossible to list all the wonderful farm stays here, so check out Farm Finder on the Farm Stay U.S. site, search Vermont, and you will find at least 30 choices for your next trip.  You can even hit the 'Map These Results' button to plan your route. This (obviously) works for other states you might be planning to visit.

Come out to the country.  Stay on a farm!