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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.

Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to four new site members who joined us in October! Here are some quick highlights from their listings:

Triple Creek Farm

Triple Creek Farm

Berger, Missouri

Berger Guesthouse at Triple Creek Farm is located in Franklin County Missouri in the middle of Missouri Wine Country.... We are located just a few miles east of Hermann, Missouri or a few miles west of New Haven, Missouri. We are a working farm. We have an apiary (bees), berries, vegetables, eggs and sell at the local farmers market. We have a two suite guesthouse and love to welcome visitors to the area all year round.


Territorial B and B

Territorial Bed and Breakfast and Barn

Junction City, Oregon

We have a cute and cozy 50's style farmhouse and a working stable located in the heart of Oregon wine country. Immerse yourself in country living, enjoy a morning walk in the pasture, pet the horses, play with the goats, and experience farm life. Plenty of opportunities to groom and help care for the horses, help out with barn chores, work in the garden and green house, or sit back on the deck or patio in the back yard, watch the animals, and enjoy a good book or a relaxed conversation.


Fox Haven Farms

Fox Haven Farms

Middletown, Maryland

Fox Haven is a historic farm located along the Catoctin Creek in Jefferson, Maryland. Organic gardens, hens, walking trails and wildlife make this farm a must-stay. You are likely to see nesting bald eagles, beaver splashing, great blue herons, foxes and a multitude of birds during your visit. You may choose to help in the organic gardens, gather eggs for breakfast, help plant trees in our American Chestnut research orchard, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the breathtaking landscape with a cup of coffee and a good book.


B and B Ranch

B and B Ranch

Fly Creek, New York

B & B Ranch, Guest House & Spa is a Country Inn in rural Fly Creek New York. It's also a Community Supported Farm, a producer of natural gourmet foods, a horse stable and riding center, and an exceptional Central New York vacation on 340 acres of forest, farmland and open pasture. We raise Piedmontese beef, Berkshire Pork and provide a wonderful break from the ordinary with our 5 unique guest suites and an indoor swimming pool. We can promise you rest, relaxation, and the best the country has to offer.

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.

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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.

Please join us in welcoming five new farm and ranch stay members!

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.

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

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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.

Guest post by Kevin Pearia, USDA Loan Program.

Bradley Farm NY hurricane damageWhile the damage done by Hurricane Irene may not resonate with the U.S. like the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, it has still left lasting impacts on many of our fellow farms in the Farm Stay circle. Hurricane Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall on certain states in over a hundred years, and left many communities under feet of water and battered from wind damage.

However, all hope is not lost for the farms, ranches, and rural communities in the Northeast. The USDA has recently suggested that it will be providing assistance to those in Presidentially deemed disaster areas.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have suffered losses caused by this massive storm," stated Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary. "USDA is ready to provide food, emergency assistance and other resources to the affected areas. We continue to closely coordinate with many partners to meet the immediate and plan for the long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene."

Bradley Farm NY hurricane damage 2What Types of Assistance are Available?

The USDA is currently providing a wide variety of assistance, and each are offered through different programs within the department. The basic types of assistance being offered include:

  • Food Assistance
  • Housing Assistance
  • Farmer and Rancher Assistance
  • Community Assistance
  • Business Assistance
  • Utility Assistance

Who Do We Contact for Assistance?

Although there are several types of aid offered and many are being offered through different departments, there are three key departments who should be contacted first for assistance:

  • USDA Farm Service Agency Service Center for crop and livestock loss
  • Rural Development Office for housing, business, or community assistance
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service for debris removal

Who is Eligible?

As long as you are in an area deemed a disaster area by the President of the United States you should be eligible for assistance. Call your local USDA Farm Service Agency Service Center for further details concerning eligibility.

We hope that farms damaged by Hurricane Irene will be able to fully recover so that they can join our network once again, and keep bringing the joy of the farm into the lives of others.

Photos: Bradley Farm in New Palz, NY (not a farm stay but a farmer's dream, nonetheless, that was severely damaged by the storm!)