Farm vacations are growing in popularity in the United States. Families pay to stay overnight in a farmhouse and milk cows and harvest crops. Here’s how to choose the right farm vacation for your family.
Step 1: Determine the specifics of your farm vacation Decide whether you want an educational farming experience for your family, a B and B style rural getaway, or a farm vacation with outdoor activities like hunting, hiking, or fishing.
TIP: Educational farming experiences can include cow milking, cheese making, or a start-your-own-farm course for city slickers.
Step 2: Search the internet Search the internet for farm vacation venues throughout the United States.
Step 3: Visit a state's farm-stay association web site Visit a specific state’s farm-stay association web site.
Step 4: Leave the country Search farm vacations in another country. Europe and Australia are both popular farm-vacation destinations.
FACT: As of October 2009, the number of milk cows in the 23 major milk-producing states numbered at 8.32 million a head.