Stay For A Day: Agritourism
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What if I want to learn about farm life, but I'm not ready to work on one?
If you're not ready to commit to a week of milking goats, mucking out stables and weeding, don't waste WWOOF's time (see above). Instead, try agritourism, educational farm visits where you may be invited, but not obliged, to try some of the chores. Dabble in a day trip that gives a small foretaste:
- At Harley Farms Goat Dairy, Pecadero, Calif. (800/394-2939 or www.harleyfarms.com) you'll have a chance to try milking goats, preparing cheese and sampling the finished product. The tour costs $20 an hour.
- You can use http://www.bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/fiches/en/attraits/9137159.html or 450-295-2417 to find similar farms in Quebec, such as La Colline aux Bleuets in the Eastern Townships. You can pick your own berries on the organic farm, stay a while at the B&B, or schedule a group retreat where you'll learn about meditation.
- Pick your own lavender at the Lost Mountain Lavender Farm in Washington www.lostmountainlavender.com. A bouquet costs $5.
- Agritourism World (www.agritourismworld.com) lists international opportunities for farm visits. The site is organized by product categories, such as food production, animal farms, and activities (hayrides, tractor rides, etc.).