So what's the story with New Story Farm?
Well, it's a farm whose caretakers are working to enact just that…a new story! We believe that virtually all of the problems that come with civilization stem from people believing the predominant cultural story which says we are "above" or "separate" from nature. This story that is omnipresent in our culture tells us that the natural laws of nature are not applicable to us.
A "story" is a scenario interrelating man, the world, and the gods."To enact" is to live so as to make a story a reality. "Culture" is a people enacting a story. If you believe that the world belongs to man, you will see all other life as a resource. If you believe that man belongs to the world, you see all other life as partners. On our farm, we are surrounded by annual agriculture and although we grew up eating from this system and have gratitude for that, we also see that annual agriculture is intrinsically unsustainable. Even at it's best, it is extractive and erosive, leading in time to desertification. We want to enact a new story that puts humans back in partnership with all other creation.
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IF YOU ARE ONLY LOOKING FOR A CHEAP PLACE TO CAMP, PLEASE DON'T BOOK If you want to be part of the change we are all hoping for, read further and get in touch if you feel called to.
Visit and lend a hand to a regenerative farm fostering an intentional agrarian community for beginning farmers while offering educational & sacred community gatherings!
We need HELP building this community and vision— do you see value in preserving skills of the past? Re-learning how to live and communicate in a thriving and connected community? Consider putting your energy where your values are and spend a few days weaving this story with us.
The garden needs tending, animals need rotating, the community building is functional but still in the construction chapter. Earthworks for water spreading and shedding, barn cleaning, thistle chipping, wild harvesting and drying, herbal medicine making and food preserving.
Balance work time with rejuvenating time:
Feed the cows some apples, cuddle up with a chicken and get some laughs watching the shenanigans of a full-of-character ex-street dog named Burdock. Take a hike through 76 acres of native prairie and hickory/oak forest.
LOTS of wildlife all around, at all times. You will probably hear geese, pheasants, song birds, coyote and see deer, trumpeter swans, mallard and wood ducks, sandhill cranes, leopard frogs, painted turtles, and maybe even a cougar ( one has been sighted here at NSF)! Cool off in the creek or visit Piepenburg Park or Belle Lake which are right around the corner. If you want to learn about wild foraging, medicinal herbs or anything farm-related we can arrange that, just ask.
Composting toilet is available for your use. Depending on the time of the year, you may want to bring extra mosquito protection.
Hutchinson, Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by New Story F.Joined in May 2018
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 14 hours
3 Ratings · 2 reviews
August 14, 2019
Farm Immersion Therapy
Words cannot begin to describe our magical stay out at New Story farm! Stephanie and Daniel were the most incredible hosts; they were so warm and hospitable. They gladly took time to give us a tour of the farm. All the animals on the farm and so incredibly spoiled and loved and it definitely showed. The pigs happily came running for pets and snacks, the hand raised young turkeys would come from roaming the vegetable gardens and barnyard to sit in our laps and fall asleep to massages, and the three barn cats were so loving and sweet and loved to be held and cuddled. Even the cows were tame and we loved going out to visit them. The apple orchard that we camped in was so beautiful and it was wonderful being surrounded by stunning ripening apples. We loved using the common space for cooking meals and hanging out chatting with our friendly hosts. We can't recommend staying at New Story Farm enough, and we can't wait until we are back in the area to camp at this incredible farm again!
August 26, 2018
Farm Immersion Therapy
Lovely, Independent Organic Farm!
Stephanie and Daniel surpassed anything we imagined from hosts. While Daniel was busy reimagining an old chicken coop for new projects; Stephanie was generous in sharing her expertise of foraging and natural medicine, suggesting on-site and nearby activities, and delicious organic produce (her tomatoes are out of this world!).
While it is an active organic farm, it's surprisingly quiet (only the 2 hosts were working alongside a collection of remarkably chill and content livestock). The one-eyed bluejay provided amusement and funny pictures but might startle those who are skittish around birds.
The truck was a sweet, cozy hideaway that kept us dry after rain and morning dew. An evening campfire (fire-ring & wood provided) was the perfect conclusion to a country weekend. We look forward to returning as we still have more woods, trails, and garden rows to explore. Highly recommended!