Forty-five acre, Tipping Bucket Farm, Door County, Washington Island, is home for Rev. Valerie Fons and family, where hospitality, adoption and accommodation are celebrated with passionate commitment.
The radical welcome experienced at Tipping Bucket Farm is the practice of hospitality defined as “making room for the other,” by theologian Henri Nouwen. Accommodation is lived while following the mandate of John Wesley, founder of Methodism: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” Adoption is the gathering practicum on the farm where family is blended, ethnically diverse and cross-cultural. Animals come by way of rescue, 4H Pet Swap, breeders, and farm birth.
In addition to the ten bedroom, century-old Main House with Yamaha Grand Piano, Direct TV, laundry, and WiFi, Tipping Bucket Farm offers a Farm Apartment with kitchen, living room Futon, private bath, queen-size bedroom, and stone porch overlooking mammoth fir trees and a sky-lighted, electrically complete, animal barn named “Manger,” home to horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, peacock, and pig. An Artist Studio which one guest named “the Sanctuary,” sleeps two.
Both Farm rentals include wood stoves, air conditioning, baseboard heat and hard wood floors. Box stalls, out door arena, pasture, barn space and trailer parking is available. Wheelchair, handicap accessible bath is available at Bread & Water lodging on the main campus, three-miles into town.
The farmstead includes three barns, one with wood floor for indoor events. Hay field, orchard, pastures, gardens, woods, and lawn encompass the Main House.
Tipping Bucket Farm is located on the 35-square-mile, Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin, surrounded by Lake Michigan and accessible by the Washington Island Ferry across Death’s Door passage, small plane landing at the Town of Washington grass runway airport, sail or motor boat with numerous protected harbors to anchor. Beaches, parks, playgrounds, Recreation, Art & Nature, and Performing Arts centers are within five minutes of the Farm. Summer music festivals, jams, performances and Scandinavian dance are scheduled throughout summer-season. Sievers, an international school of textiles and craf,, offers a full schedule of classes throughout the year.
The Island is home to 650 year ‘round residents. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour. There are no stoplights within the rural and forested landscape. The history of farming and fishing on Island is documented at the Farm, Jacobson, and Maritime Museums, and the Historic Washington Island Dairy.
Tipping Bucket Farm partners with Bread & Water, LLC, café, lodging and kayak tours, and Lake Adventures Uniting Nature & Children With Hospitality, (L.A.U.N.C.H.), Inc., with the Butterfly House, a not-for-profit environmental education center forming extension ministry in a specialized site approved by the West Michigan and Wisconsin Board of Ordained Ministry and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Breakfast, Restaurant, Self preparation, Desserts, Lunch, Snacks, Vegetarian, Packed Lunches, Farm Fresh Eggs
Full kitchen, Linens provided, Laundry facilities, Internet, Fire pit, Stabling for horses, Ground-floor bedroom, High chair, Baby sitting, A/C, Private Bath, Free WiFi, Barbeque/Grill, Dog kennel, Fireplace(s), Woodstove, DVD/VCR, Library, Piano, Refrigerator, Bicycles, Microwave, Fishing Boat, Dishwasher
Activities & Animals
Animals, Chickens, Biking, Gardening, Planting / harvesting, Bird Watching, Canoeing/kayaking, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Horses, Boating, Orchards, Berry picking, Rabbits, Kayaks, Board games, Artists' studios, X-Country Skiing, Help with Chores, Bonfire/Campfire, Egg Gathering, Flower Fields