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" A vacation on a working farm helps youngsters cultivate a new appreciation for their rural roots."
The Baltimore Sun, May 19, 2002


"One short trip to Washington County's Weatherbury Farm in Independence is an instant lesson in the connection between the bounty of the table and the bounty of the land. "
The Post Gazette, August 1, 2004

 

 

"Looking for a family-friendly alternative to hoity-toity bed and breakfasts? Weatherbury Farm in Avella, Pa., holds the barn door wide open for little ones."
Kiplinger.com April 27, 2007

 
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Future farm hands join the Weatherbury Farm Family for breakfast in the Livery Hall.



Kids' Corner (in the Livery Hall) has
 games,  puzzles and farm toys,
books & videos.

 


Bring your troops to the farm -- whether they are girl scouts, boy scouts, or a family gathering of kids and grandkids -- they're sure to have a great time.


We're excited about our "Official Weatherbury Farm Kid" program which is in its 10th year, having debuted in 1998.

Families staying for two or more nights receive a packet (filled with coloring & activity books and educational materials) about farming and every child is invited to earn the "Official Weatherbury Farm Kid" designation.
Younger children do chores and complete a picture worksheet; older children have fun doing chores and learning with our "Official Farm Kid Workbook."

New for 2007 -- children who have completed the "Official Farm Kid  Workbook" on a previous visit are invited to complete our "Official Junior Farmer Workbook" to learn even more about farming and agriculture. 

Families who can only stay one night may, of course, help with chores. A one night stay, however is not long enough to complete the worksheet/workbook.

Children who complete the program are awarded our "Official Weatherbury Farm Kid" or "Junior Farmer" certificate (pictured above and left).

Children must be accompanied by an adult while on the farm premises.

After enjoying Weatherbury's  bountiful farm breakfast, served daily at 8:30 am, children of all ages are invited to help with morning chores. The remainder of the day you may enjoy the farm or explore the countryside.

Lodging is available in suites in the Livery.

 

Weatherbury Farm's 1st Junior Farmers!

During chores, after receiving their certificates, Farmer Dale asked the girls to tell what they had learned about farming.  Their answer: "It's fun!"

2002

2007

     Farm certificate presentations through the years 

Miranda & Erica Chang have progressed from Junior Farm Kids to Farm Kids to Junior Farmers.  One of the joys of being a farm vacation host is watching visiting children grow up.

Morning chores may include (depending on time of year):
- pumping water at the old hand pump for the animals
- bottle feeding baby animals
- feeding mature goats corn by hand
- feeding sheep corn (from a scoop or by hand )
- feeding newly hatched chicks (in spring and summer)
- feeding and watering chickens at the hen house and gathering eggs (the high point of many children's visit).
- searching for guinea hen nests and collecting eggs for the incubator (guineas are very good at hiding their nests. They are also terrible mothers, which is why we collect and incubate the eggs)
- watching the eggs in the incubator hatch (which is a real experience when it coincides with a guest's visit).

Chore time also includes an explanation of the farm equipment and is an opportunity for both children and parents to ask Farmer Dale questions.

Chores normally last about 45 minutes depending on questions. The remainder of the day may be spent enjoying the farm or exploring the countryside.

 


Drawing by Robbie Schilling, Age 14
July 2004

Congratulations to our 2007 Weatherbury Junior Farmers: Mara Cash, Carolyn Kammer, Alexis Rhoades, Erica Chang, Miranda Chang, Kevin  Schrock, Adam Balick, Hannah Balick, Mario Bosca, Camille Smith, Katje & Alena Lattik

and congratulations to our 2007 Weatherbury Farm Kids: Katy & Anne Marie McCombs; Michelle Coffel, Jamie Wedster, Andrew & Anna Llintelman; Kira Doran, Alena & Katje Lattick; Camille Smith, Paige Hammell, Alex Tottle, Nicole VanWagenen, Timothy Blodgett, Jace Long, Kayla Valentine, Alyssa Cox, Austin Lewis, Samantha Teal, Brenna Friday, Laura, Maria & Nancy Matlock; Lexi Harper, Carmen Blanco, Ariyana Sobkowiak, Caddy Harper, Lauren & Logan van Reken, Gloria Kammer, Ben Bareiszis, Jennifer & Jessica Bass; Constanze, Stefanie & Isabel Morhenn; Michael Mancini, Matthew & Nicholas Thibodeau; Katie Miller, Erika & Matt Lynn; Allison Knoll, Andi & Michael Edwards; Jenna Gallipoli, Heather Hayes, Erica Schrock, Madison O'Brien, Colin Atkari, Eileen Walsh-Rock, Sonja Olson, Julia & Matthew See; Ellie & Jane Hogan, John Compton, Amber, James & Danny Kreitzburg, Brandon Medellion, PaytonGoodrich, Sierra & Alden Bansemer, Evan Weaver, Kristina Amos

and congratulations to our 2007 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Grace McCombs, Jordan Cottrill, Ellie, Lucy & Margot King; Carter  & Owen Fry; Emma & Michael Lintelman; Johnny Doran, Hanna & Sam Jessup; Jeremiah Mason, Mackenzie Tottle, Abby Hammell, Becca & Kellan Ray; Bailey & Erin Apostolico; Gray & Liam Mulligan, Josh Budney, Gwendolyn & Olivia Sobkowiak, Zachary Ross, Cayla Gancy, Bemmett & Brooke Thompson, Sean Conforto, Christian Davin, Erica Cash, Lillian Boyd, Linus & Miles Friedman; Erika & Sierra Chagin; Kate & Luke Allen; Emilie, Madeleine & Isabelle Deadman; Maya Bareiszis, Alyssa Baldwin, Joseph & Maureen Mitchell; Anthony Mancini, Madeline Glackin, Natalie Rhoades, John Shepherd, Jessie Wolfkill, Heather Lapeyronnie, Sarah Knoll, Jasmine Edwards, Elijah & Evan Schneider; Alex Irizarry, Alex & Sebastian Di Prampero, Madeleine Chesak-Welch, Michael Gallipoli, Kayo & Erik Boeira; Ella  Rath, Madeline & Sophie Hubbard; Christa & Katie Carroll, Marie & Thomas Sweeney; Gracie Hubert, Toby Kaufmann, Georgia Chen Kaufmann, Fiona Carroll, Elizabeth, Jacob & Telah Zinoble; Christine & Julian Blackshaw; Lauren Kemp, Martin, Sofia & Victor Ritz; Ben, Dan, Jake & Rachel Glickman, A.J. & Emiliana Bohrer, Anna Compton, Noah Waldo, Madeline Smith, Grant Bansemer, Sophie Lenzo

Congratulations also to our 2006 Weatherbury Farm Kids: Emily Faith; Kevin Bonar, Patrick & John Betterman, Mary Kelleher, Orli Maia Bernstein, Lena Stasiak, Amy Lin, Sara Bizantz, Emma Khasin, Milla Kleyman, Lynnea Kraft, Gabrielle & Grayson Hillyer, Tyler Shea, Bailee Grunstra, Henry Foraker, Avery & Samantha Bartlett, Steven Obrzut, Chloe & Jake Carr, Lindsay & Quinton Dade, Aaron & Daniella Steele, Josie Landis, Bethany & Sarah Seman, Kaitlyn Boyd, Mara Cash, Adam & Hannah Balick, Geena Kloeppel, Amelia Zen, Hannah Marie Crocheron, Carlye, Max & Sam Uretta, Katie Matthews, Rachel Greiff, Stephanie Jordan, Madeline Spies, Rachel Barlund, Rosalie Daniels

& to our 2005  Weatherbury Farm Kids: Kadie Hollyfield, Davis Domagalski, Amanda & Charlotte Emily Lessa, Adrian & Nicholas Hazelton, Ryan Curtis, Samantha & Nick Green, Emma Marsland-McCann, Joanna & Olivia Weiss, Richard Szabo, Erica Chang, Alexis Rhoades, Joshua Stattel, Sonali & Pallavi Khanna, Erica & Sarah Guthrie, Logan Baker, Cas Wolanin, Claire & Emily Benco, Sarah Highland, Rebekah French, Ely & Kyle Silberstein, Jordan & Matthew Hunt, Susan Cozzarin, Amanda & Katie Warnock, Allison Hall, Senna & Zayn Dweik, Lilli Woodbury, Chloe & Jim Romaker, Kaitlyn & Nicholas Winner, Jane Marquardt, Jake Albury, Natalie Batchelor, Zain & Kelyn Irwin, Sophie Cabrera, Danielle Saboro, Michael Krizmanich, Colleen, Maggie & Samantha Weston, Anna Selph, Kira Schreiber, Krista Siar, Janavi Harlow, Araxi & Arjun Mehrotra

& to our 2004 Weatherbury Farm Kids: Catrina Abbott, Caitlin Bell, Morgan Creehan, Katey Earley, Julie Enright, Abby Gardner, Casey Gray, Emily Hutchison, Kelsey Jones, Kearston Knapp, Moira Loney, Katie McCarthy, Tresa Rentler, Rebeccca Rodgers, Taylor Tokarski, Michela Wemyss, Sophia Maria & Penelope Atsidis, Joshua Neath, Jordan Spehar, Brooke St. Clair, Abby & Kate McFeaters, Maiven McKnight, Susan Marie Cossarin, Brianna & Tashia Hummel, Margaret Patterson, Rachael Agnello, Ellyn Tomko, Jacqueline Muscat, Erica & Miranda Chang, Hayley Lowe, Natasha & Nicholas Rajakovich, Kylie & Molly Newcomb, Jason, Jessica & Robbie Schilling, James, Jesse, Justin & Natalie Furman, Jo-Aryel Nigrovic, Brad & Jeffrey Whitehurst, Kate Berger-Acheson, Barbara, Jenny & Kevin Kollman, Allison & Katherine Schmidt, Jay-Michael Brubeck, Melanie Occhiuzzo, Kelsey Garibaldi, Jono Dudek, Jessica Schraff, Luke & Nathan Guio, Mario Bosca, Nicole & Sarah Birdsong, Andrew Murphy, Eric Braun, Hunter Gray

& to our 2003  Weatherbury Farm Kids: Jacqueline Szczepanski, Rachel Myers, Taylor Wysocki, Girl Scouts Ann, Camblin, Leeanne, Kate, Elexa, Connie, Annelise, Carolinie, Alyssa, Camille, Gina, Abby & Nicole, Sadie Sweet, Jessica Pendergrass, Andrew & Shelby Douthitt, Nathaniel Schroeder, Kathleen & Natalie Newman, Amanda Conley, Jessica, Valerie & Samantha Rapp, Mitchell Craft, Trevor Scanlon, Tom Davis, Gabrielle DeRouen, Brittney Jimerson, Jennifer Smith, Gwen Meldrum, Arianna & Jocelyn Jefferson, Emily & Ryan Stephens, Haley Bougher, Megan & Steve Schmelzle, Emma & Henry Crowe, Milan Silverman, Scarlett Steele, Noell Rolland, Halle Clark, Madeleine & Veronica Dow, Daryn Reeder, Ellen Lindenmann, Brooke Weeks, Katie Ervin, Eric Brashears

& to our 2002 Weatherbury Farm Kids: Josh Jamison, Kate Hawkins, Elizabeth & Sarah Dietrich, Miranda & Jake Beers, Mary Elizabeth & Monica Keeney, Michael & Katie Doherty, Alyssa Smouse, Kaitlyn & Megan Solloway, Ian Wilson, Katryna Sleptzoff, Lauren, Meghan & Matthew Sprankle, Tim & Andrew Skundrich, Steven Lippold, Bridget Gillaspie, David Bourassa, Seth Braddock, Cristal & Cherie Tay, Rachel Noble, Kailey & Page Schmeling, Miranda Chang, Morgan Seney, Nate Smith, Daniel & Rachael Gaenslen, Grace Stover, Julie & Tara Moores, Kevin Schrock, David Paul, Mary Egebrecht, Jennie & Jonathan Pontician/Larson, Stephanie Larson, Risa Nagel,  Catherine Jay, Austin Kazmer, Ben Wheeler

& to our 2001 Weatherbury Farm Kids:
Jessica & Kaitlyn Bishop, Kaitlin Reznick-Lipina, Tyler Lipina, Christopher & Zachary Jehle, Simone Duval, Hanna Gully, Daniel Shisler, Elizabeth & Nicole Tennent, Rebekah Foster, Alisa Polzin, Natalie Sprouse, Megan Maloney, Jacob & Jessica Pursel, Lauren & Matthew Summerill, Katherine Schmidt, Courtney & Jason Derr, Willy & Abbey Ford, Katherine Krauss, Savannah Peiffer, Maxwell Kangas, Emily Stephens, Michael Vail, David & Alex Adley, Brian & Anthony Persinski, Emily Goetz, Thomas Bertrand, Noah Lafferty, Sarah & Rachel Crock, Eamon & Elijah Keefer-McGee,

& to our 2000 Farm Kids:
James & Deb Byrnes, Maggie Astor,

& to our 1999 Weatherbury Farm Kids: E.J. & Ian Van Allsburg,  Jane Van Allsburg, Jenny & John LaBarre , Katie Ryan, Brenna & Lauren McGreevy,

& to our 1998 Weatherbury Farm Kids: Carol Anne Lash, Clara Limbach, Katie Rhoades, Andrew Ezarik,  Karen Sakata. 

Congratulations also to our 2006 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Eric Bonar, Georgia & Betsy Kelleher, Ian Gourley, Caroline Schattschneider, Obadiah Bernstein, Matthew Petree, Zavier Roberts, Connor Stanley, Chris & Jessie Heidelberg, Oriel & Pace Ockerman, James Morris, Vincent Gao, Melissa & Sarah Bacho, Everett & Marcus McCarthy, Elias & Mary Grace Long, Jared Kraft, Bennett & Brooke Thompson, Alison Smith, Hannah Shea, Anna & Lindsay Johnston, Emily Grunstra, Alex & Maxwell Pilloff, Eve & Grace Palazzolo, Lance & Meryl Freiman, Brendan & Lauren Hyre, Bethany Steele, Claire Landis, Jack & Ryan Grabnar, Michael Boyd, Erica Cash, Andrea & Jack Barcia, Molly DiLauro, Rocco Russo, Ian & Jack Grieco, Freddie & Henry Bell, Ashleah & Rebecca Dailey, Samira Fitzhenry, Grady & Olivia Poleski, Quinn Kirk, Nathan Wernsing, Anna Nesbitt, Isabele Crocheron, Jack Matthews, Joshua Greiff, Sophia Jordan, Aliysh, Misha & Taylor Motsinger, David & Lillian Hosken, Tobias Bielefeldt, Calvin and Silas Cobb, Jeremiah Mason, Evan & Gabby Kopf, Reilly Vitalos, Daniel & Nicole Ann Cahill, Jonathan Daley, Eliana & Kayla Weissmann

& to our 2005 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Kurtis & Karson Hollyfield, James Turnham, Marina, Anna Rose, Stella & Luci Rossi; Emily, Ben, Audrey & Samuel Hunter, Meg Bohna, Henry & Andrew Uz, Victoria Manmiller, Joel, Grace & Josiah Chandler, Ashley Pritchard, Owen Marsland-McCann, Rachel Smith, Britan Swope, Madison & Kayla Zielinski, Natalie Rhoades, Ella Leeth, Lauren & London Walter, Joshua Stattel, Kristen Johnson, Zachary Wolanin, Chloe & Trevor Bridgeland, Marissa & Will Saldivia, Trevor Godfrey, Scott & Sophie Benco, Alexander & Katherine Kelly, Laura Arnold, Zachary Kautter, Madison & Lawson Fisher, Qyce Dweik, Bernie Woodbury, Lily Romaker, Amelia & Lily Tabler, Richard Marquardt, Jaycee Albury, Marc Andreu Aguilar, Melanie Batchelor, Lana & Taya deGraaf, Grace Gegick, Jack Oreto, Alayna Irwin, Clare Donovan, Mari Patient, Sarah & Alexandria Krizmanich, Lauren & Katherine Dumas, Caroline Elmer, Justin & Zach Harris, Maeve & Quinn Shaffer, Adele & Helen Ross, Erin & Isaac Guy, Aubrin & Zackery Strohecker, Cayla & Kyle Butzine, Meredith & Nolan Pepka, Carolyn & Lauren Draetta, Grant & Jack Bowser, Emily & Robert Svihlik, Alina & Micayah Miller, Caitlin & Megan Loewe, Thando, Tumelo & Themba James Martin-Weiler

& to our 2004 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Cathryn & Margaret Ready, Cameron Wadsworth, Harry & Sam Dubke, Constantine Astidis, Orli Maia Bernstein, Grace & Edwin Nelson, Leah Macy, Adele & Ivy Vigil, Aaron, Jacob & Nathan McFeaters, Danielle & Joseph Sioui, Caleb & Whitney Johnson, Antonia Hummel, Shelby Ripple, Cameron & Isabella Stork, Lydia & Trey Varacalle, Lauren Agnello, Anna & Noah Fulcomer, Tony Muscat, Maya Lowe, Fredderica Krehbiel, Carolyn & Connor Payne, Brittani Kamps, Alex Rajakovich, Rachel Schilling, Lily Whitehurst, Emily Cope, Mara & Will Evans, Karli & Mason Brubeck, Angelina Occhiuzzo, Eric & Julia Rae Frost, Madison Dudek, Natasha & Slava Sherman, David Schraff, Deborah & Rafael de Farias, Lauren Sabol, Bailey & Seth Whitney, Ashley Pritchard, Nina Martin, Kate & Meg Wilson, Nicholas Bosca, Clio & Ellie Thornan, Abby & Emma Kagan, Kevin Murphy, Foster Gray

& to our 2003 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Claire & Mollie Rutz, David Christopher & Elizabeth Anne Johns, Jacob Myers, Blake & Reilly Wysocki, Michelle Morelan, Belden & Tristrum Tuttle, Joe & Kaitlyn Mahouski, Caitlin Kennedy, Neil MacLachlan, Alma & Earl Bartnik, Annmarie & Michelle Gomez, Dominique & Nikolas Berechree, Maya Sweet, Jonathan Flynn, Tate & Emily Sweazey, Ben & Kate Supplee, Alex & Ben Mortensen, Lilia & Clara Newman, Paige & Brett Conley, Joseph Coffel, Ryan Solis, Heather Scanlon, Joe Davis, Andrew DeRouen, Robby Smith, Wynter Meldrum, Orli Maia Bernstein, Sabrina Jefferson, Erin Stephens, Hanna Bougher, Nisha & Ryan Gudal, Andrew & Sarah Bengtson, Sam Crowe, Adrianna & Griffin Davies, Justin Houck, James, Avery, Wesley & Andrew Sweet, Courtney Cheschire, Landon Silverman, Samantha Steele, Magdalena & Elisa Breyer, Bridget Mahoney, James Dow, David & Janet Barry, Eric & Kathryn Nydegger, Anna & Alex Bjoraker, Matilda & Nancy Bishop, Luke Benzinger, Emily & Thomas Irwin, Alyssa Finfer, Megan & Kyle Rusch, Alex Sigal, Tyler Rodriguez, Ellie Ervin, Christine & Sarah O'Hare, Jacob & Logan Staude

& to our 2002 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Becca Jamison, Jonathan Druding, Kelly Dietrich, Ian Beers, Anna & Daniel Jensen, Riley Doherty, Julia Morris, Sophie & James Bieneman, Caroline & Jackson Loomis, Jacob Biederman , Gillian & Kaitlyn Warner, Sam & Peter Rohrer, Heather & Tyler Baer, Jamie & Nick Watkins, Emmy Smouse, Nick & Meggie Zahneis, Brandon Francis, Zoe Bortz, Elizabeth & Andrew Canter, Maria Matacia, Riley & McKenzie Mosher, Erin Solloway, Garrett & Hanna Marcinak, Sarah Birdsong, Nicholas Slezak, Jeremy Wilkins-Keene, Kaitlyn, Heather & Ryan MacIntyre, Chris Lippold, Hank & Eileen Collie, Michael Stolarz, Tommy Flannery, Sophie & Mary Claire Waterman, Steven Bourassa, Alexander & Nicolas Chopivsky, Connor & Hannah Rice, Matthew & Michael Struk, Mary & Georgia Kelleher, Grant & Jennifer Keefer, Hannah Noble, Javier Davila-Wollheim, Anna Schmeling, Alex & Blake Dechert, Evangeline, Becca& Victoria Smith, Vivian Pennock, Toby Horne, Jonathan & Madison Dudek, Ben Stover, Erica Schrock, Sam Cowell, Andrew & Audrey Jones, Alex Sigal, Kevin, Anna & David Schoch, Carla & Tony Rogner, Erik Anderson, Belden & Tristrum Tuttle, Victoria Jay, Brook Kazmer, Marc, Caleb & Noah Shively, Tucker Wheeler, Abby, Emma & Sarah Wiggins, Bridget Kane, Hayden & Ethan Pagendarm

& to our 2001 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids:
Claire Franco, William Gladden, Gabi Jehle, Dylan Gully, Erin Stephens, Kyle & Monika Webster, Makala Roggenkamp, Grace Shisler, Andrew Tennent, Jack Foster, Brandon Polzin, Cole Moyer, Courtney Maloney, Jordan Connolly, Nick Stacey,
Nicole Archer, Taitum & Arden Shirley, Emily, Charlene & Andrew Flournoy, Sam Rosenthal, Charlie Reuven, Jeffrey & Kaitlyn Decker, Miranda & Erica Chang, Kirsten & Alexis Rhoades, Maria Laura & Andres Balcazar, Patrick & Matthew Basler, Joe & Toby Ellis, Marissa Donohue, Allison Schmidt, Jonathan & Jeremiah See, Misha Zanyk, Anna Krauss, Jack Ford, Zachary Peiffer, Becca Gerdes, Kaycee Schulman, Lexi Kangas, Hannah Goldstein, Raeven Vannoy, Bridget Mahoney, Ryan Stephens, Aaron Drake, Haley & Nicole Clayton, Sarah Pickett, Peter Vail, Ross & Tate Cohen-Kristiansen, Patrick Goetz, James Bertrand, Helen Ross, Regina & Daniella Sandora, Victoria Stancszyk, Lucien & Cyann Meredith, Julia Kentner, Sophie Lafferty, Isaiah Crock, Martha, Daniel & Clayton Wolfe 

& to our 2000 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids:
Helen & Grace Cain, Katherine & Allison Schmidt, Katherine, Caroline & Georgie Feil, Isabella Cordova-Morote , Jacob Biederman
 

& to our 1999 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Georgia & Yianni Gagianas,   Katharine Rzepecki, Katie & Maeve Costello, Brendan Ryan, Michael, Christopher & Ashley Szymczyk, Jack Walsh, Grace & Christian VonQualen

& to our 1998 Junior Weatherbury Farm Kids: Moriah McKnight,  Brendon & Bridget Bower, Ellen Limback, Laura Greenberg, Max Kasparek, Paul & Victoria Rowinsky,  Sam & Julia Shock, Conrad Gordon.

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