|As reported by Tara Dodrill, on
rumbum.com May 21, 2010:
A distant cousin to ecotourism, Agrotourism offers you the chance to spend a
weekend, week or a month in a new habitat, learning while doing. We recently
profiled some great "agro
light" vacation spots, but if your idea of agrotourism involves getting
seriously down and dirty then these spots will be more your thing.
Ready to get up
at dawn on a ranch and “muck” stalls before heading out on the trail to wrangle
cattle? No? How about learning how to handle an alpaca and weaving the soft
textured wool into a new scarf. These spots will get your hands dirty and your
Want Some Milk? Get it Yourself at Weatherbury Farms
Cross-generational activities and chores foster a true teamwork environment and
the satisfaction of a job well done at Weatherbury Farms, a Pennsylvania dairy
The only concrete
you'll encounter at Weatherbury is around the swimming pool, which washes the
salty sweat away after a day spent hoeing, tossing hay and sheering sheep. Your
kids will love getting to bottle feed baby animals, and play around in the
garden. But be warned: you want to eat breakfast, you'll have to go to the
chicken coop and collect some eggs before pulling up chair.
you'll get to learn how to determine if a goat is a male or female, which is an
important skill when you are sent to the pen to do a little milking. Once the
milk is collected, guests can learn how to make cheese and butter. Once the
all-natural version tickles your taste buds, the plastic wrapped variety full of
preservatives will no longer suffice.
this dairy farm adventure isn't all work an no play. Guests at Weatherbury Farms
get to sit around a cozy campfire at night, or relax in the twilight playing
checkers and drinking lemonade on the porch of the guest house."
editor's note: It's always nice
to get mentioned on the web. However, please note that
Weatherbury Farm is a beef farm not a dairy farm. We don't
have milking goats either. We are beginners in the making of
cheese and butter, having made some for ourselves. Perhaps one
day we will be accomplished enough to share those skills with our
guests. And chores occur after breakfast on farm experience
weekends -- collecting eggs
for the next day's breakfast is, however, one of our guests' most
popular activities during chores.