DEAR CAMPERS: With COVID-19 Cases rising rapidly in Mendocino County, we have made the tough decision to suspend indefinitely all further camping reservations. If you already have a confirmed booking, we will honor it so long as the County remains open for camping. If you change your mind about camping we will make sure you receive a full refund. Should Mendocino County
DEAR CAMPERS: With COVID-19 Cases rising rapidly in Mendocino County, we have made the tough decision to suspend indefinitely all further camping reservations. If you already have a confirmed booking, we will honor it so long as the County remains open for camping. If you change your mind about camping we will make sure you receive a full refund. Should Mendocino County shut down camping, we will have to cancel your reservation and issue a refund to you. This circumstance might be beyond our control and come with little or no warning - it's just a risk we are all taking together, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience or disappointment.
AS OF JULY 23: IF YOU HAVE AN OPEN BOOKING AND CHOOSE TO CAMP, Please know that, while we love having company, our essential mission as a producer of safe and healthy food to our community during this time of crisis is of paramount importance to us. If you choose to camp and we observe that you or others in your party are not observing our safety rules about off-limits spaces, social distancing, hand-washing or mask wearing, we reserve the right to ask you to leave without a prior warning, and no refund will be issued. You must commit to do your part to keep yourselves, our family and our community safe in order for us to honor your reservation. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to many happier years ahead with communal kitchen dinners, campfire rings,and songs shared under the moon after this time of turmoil is past. Be safe.
SAFETY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE TO FORTUNATE FARM!
Because of this, we are taking the following COVID-19 Related Precautions:
1. We will follow all County and State regulations regarding public safety, including its ban on short-term rentals (these include camping). If your reservation falls within a period of County or State-mandated closure, we will issue you a cancellation or reschedule with no fees, up to the last minute.
2. Depending on the local health situation or the situation right on the farm, we reserve the right to take more stringent steps than County or State regulations require, including closing our sites or requesting that you cancel your reservation, if necessary. If we make this decision please understand that it will be for everyone's safety, including yours, according to our best judgement. If this happens we will give you as much notice as we possibly can. We don't want you to be disappointed, but we also want you to be well!
3. Due to extreme fire danger we do not allow any open flame at the camp sites. Due to COVID-19, our shared kitchen in the barn is for use one party at a time, no more than 3 persons at a time. You must bring your own cookware, dishes and utensils. We will have the camp refrigerator available and hot water, soap and disinfectant will be supplied so you can clean up any time, including before you cook. It is not possible for us to clean up between every use of the kitchen, so please be thoughtful of other campers and clean well after your turn to use. It's fine to eat at your campsite as long as you don't cook there. We recommend storing extra food well (in your vehicle or in the fridge at the barn) and cleaning up leftovers to discourage unwelcome, hungry critters who might smell a lovely snack and try to visit you!
4. We require masks for all (including children) every time you might be inside a structure (porta potties, too!) or when you might encounter farm personnel or other campers. Please bring masks with you.
5. Please follow all other posted directions, especially signs that indicate "staff only." For our staff's protection, please do not walk up on them, enter their personal space, or touch tools, vehicles, or tractors and implements. We are all happy to chat with you and answer questions about the farm - from a safe distance.
6. We are happy to hear comments or concerns you might have. We want to be around to enjoy the farm with you for many years to come, and we appreciate your understanding and respect for these requests during this time of extreme uncertainty.
>>>U-Pick Heritage Pumpkins every Saturday in October, 10am-4pm. Walk the fields and pick the perfect pumpkin, we offer many varieties for both cooking and carving!
>>We now offer produce through our ‘Honor Stand’ Friday through Wednesday in the barn! Simply select your produce, weigh items as needed, drop cash in the box or swipe your card
<<There is a farm map & kiosk at the entrance of the farm - be sure to stop and take a look so you can get a lay of the land (this is especially helpful after dark). We recommend snapping a pic on your phone for reference. **Children age 9 & under are FREE**
>>> Fortunate Farm is an inter-generational family farm that grows heirloom vegetables 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. We are LGBTQ-friendly and we believe that Black lives matter. All are welcome here and we do not tolerate intolerance.
When campers choose Fortunate Farm for their next outdoor adventure they will have the opportunity to experience our farm first hand. We offer 5 camping zones, each with varying levels of privacy, and all within short walking distance of our communal barn and portable sanitary potties. Each zone can accommodate several small tents or a few larger sized tents. 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. We are taking special precautions now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and if you book we will send you separate information about how we all keep each other safe during this uncertain time. You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement!
Campsite Descriptions: (useful when booking)
Site #1- "Under the Avos" is located directly across the driveway from the pyramid house (first house on the left). The site extends in a large L shape up toward the barn along the garden path. This site is close to the barn & offers seclusion behind the pine trees and under the avocado trees (heavy shade) along our Western fence line. For more sun, follow the garden path up toward the barn & pitch your small tent under the large avocado tree. We ask that campers park outside of the gate/fence, and to be sure to close the gate at all times to protect the fields from pesky deer! PLEASE DO NOT CAMP OR SET UP ANY EQUIPMENT WITHIN 100 FEET OF THE VEGETABLE FIELD; STAY ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE LANE. You might have farm work, including small farm equipment, running near your camp during daylight hours.
Site #2- "The Olive Grove" is located behind the communal barn. It offers easy access to both the barn kitchen, portable bathrooms and fire ring. Although less private than other sites, it offers beautiful views of our garden and sun throughout the afternoon. Campers are welcome to park next to the barn & camp to the left of the Olive Trees in the flat grassy area. PLEASE DO NOT CAMP OR SET UP ANY EQUIPMENT WITHIN 100 FEET OF THE VEGETABLE FIELD; STAY ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE LANE. You might have farm work, including small farm equipment, running near your camp during daylight hours.
Site #3- "The Northern Nook" is downhill from the fire ring a short distance from the barn. Just past the fire ring turn left down the hill into a flat sunny area near the fence. There is signage for campers at the bottom of the hill. This zone offers privacy, sounds of the nearby creek, sun exposure, and easy access to all amenities. If driving down to this site please use caution, as we have irrigation uprights to the right of the driving/walking path!
Site #4- "The East Side," as the name suggests, is on the Eastern-most edge of the farm. It is the second-largest site and is away from the barn. This site is suitable for a small camper or trailer (which must be self-contained - we have no hookups). Follow the dirt road past the barn and both greenhouses - you will come to a closed gate. Hang a right & settle in! Accessed by car but a two-minute walk to the barn, this site is designed for larger groups. Book along with Site #5 for groups larger than 10 people. Note: Campers at Site #5 must drive through/past this site.
Site #5- "The East Side," as the name suggests, is on the Eastern-most edge of the farm. It is the largest site and is the furthest away from the barn. This site is suitable for a small camper or trailer (which must be self-contained - we have no hookups). Follow the dirt road past the barn and both greenhouses - you will come to a closed gate. Hang a right & settle in! Accessed by car but a two-minute walk to the barn, this site is designed for larger groups. Book along with Site #4 for groups larger than 10 people. Note: To get to this site you have to drive through/past Site #4.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 40% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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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!
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!
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.
If you are looking for a very quiet camping spot in a beautiful farm setting, this place is for you! We also enjoyed buying their home-grown produce directly from them, and cooking them in the communal barn in the evening. A true farm-to-table experience!
Fortunate Farm is a MAGICAL place to stay. I would 100% recommend booking this property for the following reasons:
-Rustic farm with the cutest signs, vegetation, and campsites
-The barn is super cool, they have cooking supplies and utensils for guests to cook and hang out in
-Right across from the beach. We watched the sunset and it was fantastic
-Multiple cool campsites to choose from
-Really nice, spacious porta potty
-Farmers market and yoga on the weekends
GO HERE! YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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!
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!!
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.