The U.S. Farm Stay Association (USFSA) is a trade association, created to connect guests with the best authentic farm and ranch stay vacations throughout the United States. We also provide members-only resources to farmers and ranchers looking to start a farm stay on their property.
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
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