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heydenrych-sceneHeydenrych Farms is a 130-acre farm in Canajoharie, New York, 50 miles west of Albany and a four hour drive from New York City. Farmers Magda and Andre Heydenrych moved to Canajoharie from their native South Africa in 2004, with a strong understanding of how they wanted to farm. Magda and Andre raise 100% grass-fed beef and lamb; the sheep and cattle are never given feed, unecessary antibiotics, or growth hormones. The Hydenryches also raise horses, chickens, and one special zebra named Chaka! The animals are all given the opportunity to express themselves in their natural environment. These farming practices earned Heydenrych Farm an Animal Welfare Approval and American Grassfed Certification for beef in 2009.

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In addition to the grass-fed meat, handcrafted, tallow-based soaps are also a Heydenrych Farm specialty. The soap comes in appealing varieties like "Avocado & Strawberry," "Autumn on the Farm," and "Divine Cocoa Butter Vanilla." Magda and Andre have boosted their farm's business by offering their meat and soap for sale by mail in addition to local drop offs.

Heydenrych Farm offers a farm stay in a private, 3-bedroom 1880s farmhouse that sits on its own two acres with a great mountain view. Guests have access to all the house's amenities, including a full kitchen and outdoor grill where guests can prepare the farm's own grass-fed meats and fresh-picked vegetables -- guests are welcome to pick in-season vegetables from the farm's gardens. Many guests also enjoy walking around the nearby pond and helping care for the animals, though helping with chores is optional. Magda will also teach custom soapmaking to interested guests.

Off the farm, there are miles of trails, plus canoeing, golfing, apple picking, and plenty of museums.

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Rates for the farmhouse, which sleeps up to six, are $125/night for two guests, plus $15/night for each additional guest/night. High-speed wireless internet is available for an additional charge.

For more information, visit the Farm Stay U.S. Heydenrych Farms listing or the Heydenrych Farms website.

Photos courtesy Heydenrych Farms.

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Earthrise Farm, Madison, Minnesota

Earthrise Farm

Originally purchased in 1944, this 240-acre family farm near Madison, Minnesota is run by sisters Annette and Kay Fernholz. The gardens here are comprised of a four acre portion of the farm, and the remainder is farmed organically by their three brothers.

Earthrise Farm can accommodate up to 4 guests in their Pacific yurt. Breakfast is provided. Children under 12 are welcome, as are family reunions.

 

 

 

Country Cousins Farm, Evans Mills, New York

Country Cousins Farm

Located in the village of Evans Mills, New York, the Country Cousins dairy farm invites guests to partake in some hands-on experiences and find out what life is like as a farmer. Guests can help with morning milkings, evening feedings, and other chores.

Up to 8 guests can be accommodated in the private cabin. Meals are served family-style, and guests are welcome to relax in the farm's family room and play games. Children under 12 are welcome.

 

 

The Farm in Whitewright, Whitewright, Texas

The Farm at Whitewright

Situated on 30 acres, The Farm in Whitewright, Texas invites you to get away to a quiet place for a night or two. Help out with frolicking goats or milk a cow.

Up to 6 guests can be accommodated in the private suite, and horses are welcome too -- there is plenty of space to park a trailer. Meals are to order. Children under 12 are welcome.

 

 

 

Red Rock Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Valley Ranch

Stay in Red Rock Country! Guests have the option of staying in the ranch's guest room, or bringing their own RVs and horses. Endless riding in every direction lead to vistas and petroglyphs.

The queen guest room accommodates 2, or guests may bring an RV for the single RV parking space. Refreshments are provided, but otherwise guests are responsible for their own meals. Children under 12 are welcome.

 

 

Tyner Pond Farm, Greenfield, Indiana

Tyner Pond Farm

This new, modern farmhouse is located just east of Indianapolis, Indiana. Take part in some of the farm activities (if you choose), or just enjoy the hundred acres of farmlands and free-ranging farm animals.

Groups of up to 9 will have exclusive use of the farmhouse. There is a farm store to purchase eggs, chicken, pork, and beef to make up your farm-stay meals. Children under 12 are welcome, as are weddings, parties, reunions, and special events.