Farm Stay USA is the website of the U.S. Farm Stay Association (USFSA), a non-profit 501c6 trade association, created to connect guests with the best authentic farm and ranch stay vacations throughout the United States.
To fit association criteria, our farm or ranch partners must be working agricultural operations. Each listing has an accreditation badge, providing transparency to our association standards.
USFSA accreditation promises the user of the Farm Stay USA website a real farm or ranch immersion and, as one small guest remarked, an experience “way cooler than Disneyland”!
The Personal Story Behind Farm Stay USA
A long time ago now we were romantically deluded urbanites. We wanted a simpler life so we bought a small sheep farm. The delusion ended pretty immediately! Within three years, after several attempts at livestock diversification that never could compete with the big guys, we decided to copy a model from Europe and opened a ‘farm stay’ in search of sustainability. Of course there were unintended benefits we never imagined: sharing our landscape and our hard-earned knowledge being foremost.
Our success became the impetus for Farm Stay USA. It was a way to pull similar operations together under one banner because, until 2010, there was no ‘farm stay’ travel niche in America. Farm stays as a form of rural vacation lodging began to rise to prominence as early as the 1980s in Europe. It was time to introduce travelers to American farmers, instead of sending them to Italy!
We are happy to present here the best authentic farm and ranch stay destinations in the U.S.A. Our working operations are not petting zoos or amusement parks; however, we think you will create indelible memories, have fun, and ultimately see farm stays as your new favorite holiday retreat, if only for the weekend.
Scottie Jones, Leaping Lamb Farm, Alsea OR
U.S. Farm Stay Association Accreditation Standards
We are often asked about our farms and ranches and whether there are standards that we require for membership. Yes, there are. All farm and ranch members to sign off on our Accreditation Standards. For transparency, these are self-reported by our members. The badge on a farm or ranch’s listing has stars indicating how many of the standards the farm fulfills (recognizing that our farms come in all shapes and sizes and there may be a standard they cannot honestly tick off).
U.S. Farm Stay Association Accreditation Standards*
- Our farm/ranch offers an authentic look into the agricultural lifestyle of farming and ranching. We are farmers and ranchers. We are here to answer questions, demonstrate our daily routines, and provide knowledge about farming operations.
- Our farm/ranch is visitor friendly. This means we make an effort to interact with our guests young and old and to include them in farm activities where possible.
- Safety and cleanliness are paramount. We provide clear instructions about livestock, landscape, equipment, and other hazards on and around our property. We offer clean and comfortable accommodations.
- We are the face of our agricultural operation. While we may have workers to help us, we are present on the property, managing the agricultural operations, and interacting with our guests throughout their stay. Meals, when included and when possible, are made from local sources and/or from the farm itself.
*Members who sign off on these standards are acknowledging they run their operation in accordance with these guidelines.