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Natural Awakenings

Touch Nature: Vacation Down on the Farm

May 31, 2011 08:07AM

With the family farm an endangered institution, urbanites have a growing desire to reconnect with America’s rural countryside. Farm Stay U.S. founder Scottie Jones, of Leaping Lamb Farm, in Oregon, is showing the way with a directory of farms that welcome visitors.

Jones and her team have seen firsthand how guests are nourished by their farm-stay experiences, reaping indelible memories of the lost rhythm of farm life. They return to their daily lives with an appreciation for farming and a greater likelihood of supporting local farms and food production through their everyday purchases.

Jones hopes that Farm Stay U.S. will provide an economic, educational and even spiritual bridge for both rural and urban Americans eager to expand their stewardship of the land with their newfound friends.

Search a wide range of farm types, activities and amenities by state at

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