Heydenrych 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.
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.
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
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 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 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
B and B
Fly Creek, New
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
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
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 Goat Cheese
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 Guesthouse and
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
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
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.
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.
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
Earthrise Farm, Madison, Minnesota
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
Country Cousins Farm, Evans Mills, New York
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
The Farm in Whitewright, Whitewright, Texas
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.
Rock Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada
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
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.
Pond Farm, Greenfield, Indiana
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.
We are glad to welcome three new members to the Farm Stay U.S.
Dogwood Hills Farm,
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
The Williams Farm,
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
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
Guest post by Kevin Pearia, USDA Loan Program.
While 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
make landfall on certain states in over a hundred years, and
left many communities under feet of water and battered from wind
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
"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."
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
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:
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
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!)
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