News from Weatherbury Farm
In 2014, Weatherbury Farm will offer two types of farm stay opportunities:
1. Traditional Bed and Breakfast with continental breakfast, the opportunity to enjoy life on the farm and/or explore the countryside. There will not be any morning chores.
2. Farm experience stays (on select Friday and Saturday nights) with a hearty farm fresh breakfast followed by morning chores and participation in the Weatherbury Farm Kids Program. Our educational farm experience stay is appropriate for adults and children (usually 7 & older) who want to learn more about farming and agriculture. The emphasis will be on the organic and sustainable production methods used at Weatherbury Farm.
deposit and final payment will be by cash or check. We do not
accept credit cards.
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|Weatherbury Farm Receives PCO Sustainability Award|
|Weatherbury Farm was honored to be one of two farms
state-wide to receive the PCO Sustainability Award at the PCO annual
meeting on February 2, 2012. The awards presentation program reads:
"Father and son, Nigel and Dale, along with Nigel's mother and Dale's wife Marcy, work together as a family to operate Weatherbury Farm in Avella, southwestern Pennsylvania. The farm produces certified organic grains and flours including soft and hard wheat, oats, spelt, open-pollinated corn, as well as emmer and einkorn, ancient heritage grains. In addition to raising grains and flours, Weatherbury Farm produces grassfed beef and lamb, and host farm vacations with a special attention to organic agriculture, green tourism and energy efficiency. The Tudor family's goal is to heal the lands they farm which have been stripped of nutrients with the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides applied before their ownership. Toward that goal, they strive to be a totally integrated farm, composting their animal manure to fertilize their fields. Weatherbury Farm is an extremely well managed farm, with exceptional records and excellent representatives of organic farmers!"
Something new is always happening at Weatherbury Farm!
Over 1400 children are now Weatherbury Farm Kids! Our Weatherbury Farm Kids Program is a great way for your children, grandchildren, nieces and/or nephews to learn about life on the farm. The Weatherbury Farm Kids Program is open to
Many families never leave the farm, but opportunities for bicycling & hiking, fishing, horseback riding and golf abound in the area. A number of museums are conveniently located to the farm. Covered bridges, farm markets, factory tours, shopping, sporting events, a winery, and zoo offer other nearby places to visit during an escape to the tranquility of Weatherbury Farm. Check out the area activities for more details.
Some great aerial views of Weatherbury Farm are now on-line, thanks to Kevin Sell, a Weatherbury Farm Jam participant. Kevin brought these photos which he shot in October 2009 to our May 2010 jam. It's these unexpected niceties that make being a farm vacation host a delight.
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So we though we would include some thank-you notes received from children this past summer:
"I love the farm The farm is the best place ever." Age 5
"Dear Farmer Dale, I had so much fun on the farm and I'm glad that you do this for children." Age 8
"Dear Farmer Dale, Thank you for letting me do the chores in the morning. Also thank you for giving me my certificate at breakfast. I hope I can come back." Age 9
"Dear Tudor Family, Thanks for a wonderful farm vacation! I enjoyed it a lot? I had fun taking care of the animals. Thanks again!" Age 9
"Thanks, Tudor Family, for an Amazing farm vacation! I had a blast! I am sure you will see me again at the farm soon!" Age 13
"Dear Farmer Dale, Marcy & Nigel, We had a wonderful time this weekend learning about the operation of your cattle farm and your daily morning chores. Thanks so much!" Age 14 & 15
One mother of a toddler told us that we should charge more for toddlers (!) as the sensory and experiential stimuli are invaluable.
You might also enjoy reading 3 1/2 year old Vania's journal of her visit to the farm (in PDF format).
We will be open for two or four night stays (with
check-in on Friday afternoons) in June, July
and August 2013.
1061 Sugar Run Road
Avella, Pennsylvania 15312
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