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DOs & DON’Ts for a Farm Stay

Jun 08, 2017 03:04AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

By Mary Syrett


Do take old clothes and an extra pair of shoes. 

Do plan to take in visits to nearby sites.  

Don’t be upset if you experience inconveniences.  

Do be willing to experience a new way of life. 

Do visit a farm with the expectation of learning about farming from the host family. 

Don’t bring a pet unless you have permission.  

Do live by the host’s house rules. 

Do wipe your feet before coming into the house. 

Don’t keep your hosts up too late. 

Do bring a supply of games, books and rain gear in case of inclement weather.

Don’t forget your camera--there will be many “firsts” to record. 

Do make your reservations early and plan on having a great time.  

Do keep in mind:  this isn’t Six Flags or Disney World.  You need to accept a farm vacation for what it is—opportunities to experience a way of life that has, for many people, all but vanished.


If you go

Farms that put people up for a learning experience include:

Mountain Dale Farm, Ken and Sally Hassinger, McClure, PA (570) 658-3536,,

Owens Farm, Caroline and David Owens, Sunbury, PA (570) 286-5309,, 

The PA Farm Vacation Association has a list of member-farms that provide vacation opportunities at

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