Welcome to Rusty Hill Farm! This is a small farm-experience. Here is how it works: $50 fee for sharing our farm: learn to milk goats, process the milk, feed and care for the animals, there are usually certain activities going on that you are welcome to participate in: fence fixing, animal grooming, goat cart training, gardening, harvesting, etc. Everyone who pays the $50 farm day fee is invited to stay with us as our guests overnight, we are not a "camp ground". Please note: You do not have to participate in farm activities to visit us, lots of people go on hiking, surfing, mountain biking day trips while visiting. You can pay for two farm days and we will invite you to spend the night two nights and so on. You may pitch your tent in the area we have that works well for tents. Be ready to share this experience with others. We only allow two groups per weekend. We have one communal wood fire pit area and it is fun to sit around the fire and get to know new friends. 1 car per family. If you have more than one car, let me know!
Description of the space: The tent area includes a single communal fire pit with rustic wood benches, 2 picnic tables (one for each family group), a 2-burner propane stove on each table as we invite you to cook, finally a jug of fresh well water, two clean shower towels and a welcome basket on each table. Enjoy complimentary hot coffee/tea and cocoa daily in the morning, fully serviced porta-potty, FREE hot outdoor shower use and sink/washing area and shared BBQ. The outdoor shower and sink are not plumbed and do not drain to the septic, only our biodegradable organic plant based soaps can be used and the water is collected to water fruit trees.
Please read entire description before booking farm days and feel free to ask any questions! Happy Farm-days!
Hang out on our deck and play the drums or try the digeridoo! Take a hot outdoor bath, go for a horseback ride, try goat yoga!
We are located in the small town of Aromas, CA. Equal distance of 30-40 min drive to either Monterey, CA or Santa Cruz, CA. Many beach options: surfing, swimming, exploring. Our town has one very good sit down/take out restaurant down the street and a wonderful taqueria inside the town market.
Rusty Hill Farm is a small homestead: we have vegetable gardens, medicinal herb gardens, dairy goats for fresh milk daily, chickens for fresh eggs, a friendly pot-bellied pig along with some friendly ranch cats and cute show bunnies. We have a couple friendly riding horses and a pony. This is a small homestead experience. Think of it as a community. When you visit expect to be welcomed as family. It is dusty and the kids will get dirty! We offer some extras and special workshops that you may want to add on during your visit. These are not always available so ask at the time of booking as they require advance reservations!
AD-ONS AND PRICING - ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:
We invite our guests to a FARM-TO-TABLE BREAKFAST which is available most Saturdays- check our website calendar
Breakfast is served on the deck.
Example of breakfasts include:
Farm Fresh Egg skillet, farm raised sausage/bacon/ham, Home-grown and/or local vegetables: Butternut squash, potatoes, dandelion greens, etc.
Organic oatmeal with toppings "bar" cranberries, nuts, seeds, sugar, goat milk, local honey, etc.
Juices, goat milk and always fresh coffee
organic pancakes for kids!
$10 donation per adult, $5 donation per child to donate back to the farm (animal feed/care/gardens).
Hot Outdoor baths under the stars. Ready for an amazing "redneck hot tub" experience? Enjoy our two lovely hot outdoor baths. Prepared to be enjoyed at around 9pm. The baths include a pot of farm grown herbal tea and lavender and calendula flowers in the water. A most lovely way to end a day of work on the farm, riding or hiking.
Two hot baths: $40 **note: it is $40 for the baths even if you only want one due to the time it takes to prepare them**
Hot baths need to be reserved ahead of time and only done once per night (so reserve them at booking or they may be taken!)
PONY ride: Our fun pony Elizabeth can give young kids rides! $10 per ride.
HORSES: We have two nice riding horses, Rusty and Angelo. Arena riding/lesson (1/2 hour) $30. Trail ride up the hill (1/2 hour) $30. Please note: You must have riding experience to go on the trail ride. Arena lessons/riding are all levels.
YOGI's Join us for level 2 yoga on the deck!Lovely 600 sq. ft. of deck space overlooking our horse pasture and the alpacas. Practice to the sounds of nature with an occasional rooster crow and hello call from the goats.. hey, but they are just encouraging us! It is not uncommon to see red tail hawks pass overhead too. Saturdays 10-11:30 am full 90 min!
Come practice with us. Each month we will practice with a different world renowned practitioner. Classes are streamed online and amplified through speakers. These classes are level 2-3 super fun and challenging. Please modify as needed, no live instruction will be provided.
Train rides! We have a homemade tractor train and can take kids around in it! (check out the pictures) It was handmade out of an old garden tractor
$5 per child
SATURDAY SOAP MAKING WORKSHOPS Are you interested in learning how to make goat milk soap?
Join me for this monthly soap-making workshop.
Advanced registration is required to participate and take home soap. Any farm quests may quietly observe for free. 2 registered students maximum. We will make 30 bars total and do the entire process from start to finish. You will be able to choose your essential oil blends, herb/flower additions. This is open to anyone and especially great for farm guests who are staying with us Saturday night, because the soap has to be in the mold over-night before it can be cut into bars. You will have 15 bars of soap to take home to cure!
We have our goat milk soaps for sale almost always (unless we have an unusually large order and run out).
$100 per person (all supplies included and 15 bars of soap)
Children are not allowed during soap making because we work with lye and the soap is caustic before curing. Visit the calendar for dates of events and farm happenings RustyHillFarm.com 2018 Calendar page. Thank you for checking us out
We look forward to your visit
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- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 7 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Rusty Hill Farm Homestead
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This place is absolutely amazing. Christine and David are amazing hosts and have created a truly unique space. From the coffee in the morning to warm outdoor bathtubs at night, this place is exactly what you need away from the city. Hands down one of the best Hipcamps I've been to.
Camping at Rusty Hill is a chance to get to know a lovely family and some great animals: Latin the Pig has the run of the place, as do three slim tabby cats. There's a pony and two horses, goats, miniature sheep, chickens and a handsome turkey that's going to be Thanksgiving. The first night we camped in the horse arena-- sandy. Our site was close to the road and the wind kept whipping through the trees. The next night we camped near the horses-- I'd recommend that, if you can-- the site is sheltered, grassy and close to the kids' play structures. The hot tub is fantastic-- you're lying back and looking up at a sky full of stars! And hot breakfast is a must. Wonderful experience. Our first hip camp-- we'll do it again!
Wow! Christine and David's little goat farm is the best. We even stayed on a weekend that a few families with a gaggle of little ones were there and that didn't take away from the peaceful experience of being on the farm. Christine and David were super friendly and made us feel very welcomed. We opted to have a fresh-cooked farm breakfast with the families in the morning and a open-air bath with essential oils after dark. What a treat! We cannot say enough about this family and their property.
The best hipcamp i have been to. This is a gem of a campsite. It is perfect for families and people who just started camping. Christine and David were so inviting and really took care of me. Such a cool farm that is just outside of civilization. I arrived to my campsite and i had a little welcome basket full of goodies. I took advantage of the horse rides, sweat lodge and the outdoor hot tub. The tub has an actual fire right under it! Worth every penny! Will be back!
Christine and family are genuine and working hard to make a good experience for everyone who visits - they put out stoves, honey, tea, water and made the best breakfast I've had when camping. It's a great place for people who love animals and have kids because the farmers invite the kids to help with chores. My kids are 5 and they enjoyed socializing and I felt comfortable with them running around on the property.
David and Christine were the best hosts! Not to mention they have the cutest family and farm around... We were able to meet all of the farm animals, including the turkeys, chickens, horses, pony, pig, goats and even two new sheep they brought home the weekend we stayed. Christine makes a KILLER breakfast spread and we DEFINITELY recommend the hot outdoor tubs. We had an incredible stay and we would even like to think we made some new friends. We will be back and would most definitely recommend.
We pitched a tent by the goats (which were in the barn, so quiet at night :), and found a perfect fire pit with wood & kindling, plus a welcome basket - a nice touch! While there is some light traffic at night, it didn't really disturb anyone's sleep; the Rusty Hill Farm is about 20-25 min from Palm Beach State Park, great for us beach-goers. We opted in for the very affordable breakfast the next morning which was amazing - eggs with sausages (Christine made also a vegetarian batch), pancakes, great coffee, and lots more! I was traveling with two eight-year olds who said they had a wonderful time. Even though it is a fairly small farm, there is so much to do for the kiddos. Pet the goats, horses, bunnies, pig, etc.! I even got a bareback horseback mini-riding lesson from Christine, who is an experienced rider, after the kids were done with their ride in the arena! David and Christine went out of their way to make everyone's stay an experience - so, Rusty Hill Farm is not only a place to 'crash' when visiting the Santa Cruz area, but also a place to hang out and enjoy. When I was there in September, they planned on adding more amenities, so stay posted.
My daughter and I had a great time at Rusty Hill Farm- I felt like I had known Christy and David and their kids forever and we were just visiting for the weekend! Would love to come back and visit everyone and all the animals! Delicious breakfast and coffee in the morning too!