Not a farmer, but want to play one on vacation? All across the country, organic farms are opening their barn doors to overnight visitors for a "haycation."
Our writer took a trip to Stony Creek Farm in Walton, New York, for one of these hands-on trips with her family. Read her story here, then check out these other farms for more options.
Champlain Valley Alpacas and Farmstay
Help feed and care for the dozens of alpacas on the farm and learn how to spin fiber. From $25 per night for the bunkhouse or $150 per night for the one-bedroom cottage; champlainvalleyalpacas.com
Agarita Creek Farms
Agarita Creek has heritage livestock, fruit and pecan trees, and an heirloom garden. Choose the amount of farm work you're up for, and stay in a luxurious two-bedroom cabin. From $175 per night; agaritacreek.com
Leaping Lamb Farm
Stay in a quaint, private, two-bedroom cabin stocked with a few provisions. You can eat the eggs you help collect and the produce you help harvest from the 114-year-old farm. From $125 per night; leapinglambfarm.com
Turtle Mist Farm
Learn how Turtle Mist uses sustainable principles to grow vegetables and raise chickens, turkeys, Muscovy ducks, and grass-fed sheep and cattle. From $100 per night for a three-bedroom guesthouse; turtlemistfarm.com
Serenity Sheep Farm Stay
Spend nights in a 1920s sheepherder's wagon (with a tiny solar energy system!) and days in the fields with the sheep, turkeys, cattle, pigs, chickens, and goats. $99 per night; serenitysheepfarmstay.com