About A Coastal Farm Experience
Farm is an intergenerational family farm that grows heirloom
vegetables, berries and flowers in the small town of Caspar in Mendocino
County. We farm with sincere care for the land and are committed to
improving and protecting its beautiful, rock-free sandy loam soil. The
farm’s 40 acres are made up of pastures, creeks, forest and a large
spring-fed irrigation pond. We are proud to
continue the history of organic agriculture on this land. Our mission is
to feed people locally, sequester carbon and empower our community.
Fortunate Farm is a working farm that has received recognition for our work in sustainability. We are Featured Stewards of American Farmland Trust, received Young Farmer of the Year in 2016 from The Farmer's Guild, and are in partnership with the NRCS, MCRCD, Carbon Cycle Institute and Fibershed on our Carbon Farm Plan. We are a sustainable farm that makes our own plant-based compost on site- you will see and hear and smell *all* aspects of running an organic farm here!
When campers choose Fortunate Farm for their next outdoor adventure they will have the opportunity to experience our farm first hand. We offer 3 camping zones each with varying levels of privacy, and all within short walking distance of our communal barn and portable restrooms. Each zone can accommodate several small tents or a few larger sized tents. When campers arrive the camping zones are selected on a first come first serve basis, each has something different to offer. Our beautiful redwood barn is open to campers for cooking, access to potable water, or just to hang out in the shade and observe the authentic farm life in action.
Campers can expect to be in awe of our wonderful produce and flower fields, admire our adorable flock of sheep aka resident field mowers, read, relax, do yoga, (we have a group yoga class on the farm every week on Saturdays at 11a.m.) and enjoy our heritage olive grove, tune into the occasional harbor seal conversations that are audible on the farm, warm themselves by an evening fire, and fall asleep to the sounds of the nearby ocean. The farm is perfectly situated 4 miles to the North of Mendocino Village, which is home to the Mendocino Art Center, many fine restaurants that feature Fortunate Farm produce, and amazing Big River Beach with Kayak rentals nearby. We are 4 miles to the South of Fort Bragg, which features the world famous glass beach, the Skunk Train, and the renowned North Coast Brewing Company, our partner. The farm is a great place to retire after a long day of hiking in the adjacent state park or beach, or after spending a day exploring either town. Campers can expect to be surprised at the seclusion the farm offers so close to two Mendocino coast towns.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 3
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Weeknight discount: 40% off
The vibe at A Coastal Farm Experience
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Getting the chance to stay at Fortunate Farm for a night was a lovely experience. We were greeted with open arms and were treated like family for our whole stay!
It is highly recommended getting to the farm early on Saturdays. The freshly picked produce that you purchase in the morning will make for a delicious dinner later that evening. After purchasing produce, you can take a yoga class in the garden!
Now that you are nicely stretched and relaxed, you can explore the grounds of the farm and see all the amazing organic produce that they are growing. Walking distance from the farm is Jug Handle State Reserve. It is a lovely beach that is perfect for picnicking or napping. You can also hike the ecological staircase. In the evening after we had set up camp we were luckily enough to take part in a bon fire with the farm workers and the other campers onsite. We got to hear some great stories and enjoyed the warmth of the fire under a beautifully starry night! The experience of the farm was absolutely wonderful and we can't wait to come back next year!
Fortunate Farm is very beautiful and quiet. It was nice to watch the sunrise over the farm and see the crops come alive throughout the morning hours with the buzz of the farmers, tractor, and resident dogs. The staff was extremely polite and the directions to our spot were simple to follow. I will certainly come back. Thank you very much for accommodating my son and I. This complimented our "boys trip!"
We had a great stay here! Allie was super welcoming and showed us around. Saturday morning there was yoga at 11am and a farm stand with fresh produce and flowers. We bought a bundle of kale for our egg scramble. Our camp area was in the east back corner. It was nice and secluded with a great view of the entire farm. The communal barn was a really great feature. We brought all our own utensils and cookware but it was great to be able to cook our food with the stove there. There was a perfect spot to eat our food just Around the corner from the barn that overlooked the flower garden. Saturday night all the farmers and workers on the farm had a bonfire and were super welcoming! I would definitely stay here again!
I can not say enough great things about my stay at Fortunate Farms. This place embodies the spirit of Hipcamp: An amazing camping opportunity in a beautiful place facilitated by amazing hosts that leave you loving the outdoors and walking away learning something new. (In this case, farming techniques that are making a big difference!)
It was a tremendous experience that has me already planning for next years trip back to the farm. The hosts, Allie, Gowan, Ellen, Jef and the farmers treated us with great respect and always made sure that we felt welcomed and at home. It was nice knowing that our stay and presence was appreciated. It was also a fantastic experience learning how the farm operates and how much it is doing to advance farming techniques for the benefit of our climate and all. Not to mention that the produce grown on the farm is incredible and is a must have addition to your camp meal. Thanks, Gowan!
The campsites are situated in beautiful areas on the farm and provide privacy! Handcrafted and repurposed redwood signs on the property make sure you know exactly where to go. The communal barn is a great touch and is extremely beneficial for preparing meals on the provided stove. The camping experience was also wonderful. You get to fall asleep under an amazing star-filled sky and wake up to the sound of sea lions down on the coast. Yes, the coast is that close! Jug Handle State Reserve is a stones throw away where you can spend the day hiking, laying around on the beach enjoying the waters, or both!
Thank you so much to all at Fortunate Farms for the amazing experience. I can't wait to come back!
Quiet farm across road from Jughandle where there is an excellent interpretive trail. You won't need cooking stove as there are shared cooking facilities in a barn including hot and cold water. Good for people who want to feel like they are wild camping but without all the equipment. Free yoga offered on Saturdays!
Such a gem!!! We booked one night and ended up staying for 2 nights because we loved it so much :) The scenery is so beautiful... With all the sunflowers and other colorful fields of flowers. We camped in the olive grove which was such s cozy spot. The barn with the coolking area was very practical. Everyone was very friendly. We couldn't believe how close we were to the coast too. Definitely want to come back!!
Fortunate farm is a working farm with a CSA. There are three sites positioned around the growing area. Under the avos is the first site and is best for vehicle sleeping. The other two are suited for tent camping because it's harder to park on level ground. The farm is beautiful and it's great to be there on Saturday morning because of the farm stand. They use beer brew castings for fertilizer, so be prepared for some persistent strong odors when they turn the compost piles. We really enjoyed meeting the renters nearby as our children were the same age.
This a great location and as other folks have mentioned, the fortunate farm folk are very nice. The best part is that you can drive across the highway and get to an incredibly beautiful beach in just a few minutes. However if you're not taking advantage of the farm stand or yoga or barn kitchen the site price is pretty steep. For three people all told its $97 for one night ($25 extra for a third person even though we had one car and one tent) to camp with access to a porta potty and no shower. So if you just need a nice place to pitch a tent this may not be the best option.