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Herd cows on a Biodynamic/Organic farm

Animals

Herd cows on a Biodynamic/Organic farm

8 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English
Animals

Herd cows on a Biodynamic/Organic farm

Animals

Herd cows on a Biodynamic/Organic farm

8 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Visit our 900-acre certified Biodynamic, organic, and Animal Welfare Approved farm and help our dairy herd manager bring the cows in from their day out grazing on pasture. Depending on which field they’re in, and how the cows are behaving, this portion of your visit can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes. If we finish closer to the 30 minute time frame, there will be the opportunity to participate in additional farming activities which may include helping with milking, brushing cows, and helping to feed grain. We ask that you join us with a sense of open-mindedness. When working with animals, the schedule revolves around them. Some days the cows are eager to get back to the barn, while on other days they are less cooperative and need more encouragement - or the calves can decide to be mischievous and scamper off! Bring your sense of adventure and an appreciation for spontaneity as, really, anything can happen! Once you're done helping with farm chores, visit our store for a 'made on our farm' organic yogurt and granola snack.
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Your host

Learn more about Dana & This Is Farmer Jess

Dana & This Is Farmer Jess

I am the current herdsperson managing our 65-head Biodynamic dairy herd. I have also worked in veterinary hospitals and have a particular affinity for cows, which I've been known to express through my artwork.

About the organization

Hawthorne Valley Association

Hawthorne Valley is a living laboratory of collaborative learning and research where we work to address some of today’s most pressing concerns such as climate change, educating creative and resilient children, and rebuilding healthy and fair food systems. We do this through regenerative farming, hands-on education geared toward developing the whole person, and compassionate commerce.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Hawthorne Valley Association.

What's included

Food
Made on our farm organic yogurt and granola.

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Where you'll be

We will be mostly outdoors on our 900-acre Biodynamic farm, walking the cow paths and fields, and experiencing the natural beauty and magic of our little valley - sometime referred to by visitors as 'Happy Valley'. Back at the barns, we will spend some time in our milking barn, or the loafing barn, depending on which additional farming activities we'll be doing - helping with milking, brushing cows, or feeding some supplemental grain.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Guests should be comfortable around animals, and be willing to get their hands (and boots) dirty. This activity is rain or shine (with the exception of severe weather or extreme heat).

What to bring

appropriate footwear - preferably boots

More tips

This is a working farm and proper footwear is essential for a comfortable experience. Please wear boots, or at least closed-toed shoes. Be on time - we leave promptly. Rain or shine (with the exception of thunderstorms or extreme heat - 95+ - cows can't tolerate extreme heat and will come in early)
Dana & This Is Farmer Jess
Herd cows on a Biodynamic/Organic farm
8 reviews
From $30/person
8 reviews
From $30/person