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Cayuta Sun Farm

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· Alpine, New York
40 acres
3 sites
3 Tent
Cayuta Sun is a small, permaculture-based farm. On pasture and under the canopy of trees, we produce pasture-raised meats, log-grown shiitake mushrooms, and a variety of sustainably produced fruits, vegetables, and woodland products. We currently offer pork, whole chickens and shiitake mushrooms  We mostly sell retail at farmers markets and at the farm by appointment.  This farm is the home of Michael Burns & Kelly Dietz who seek to build a local, regenerative economy that builds community and supports food sovereignty. Each year we commit to struggle and innovation to produce food that is healthy for our environment and ourselves. Cayuta Sun Farm also supports sustainable farming education by hosting workshops and events, especially with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. 
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Alpine, New York, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Michael B.Joined in February 2019
97%
48 ratings · 44 reviews
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Tori S.recommends
August 2, 2022
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Loved this place!! Very private and definitely appreciated the outdoor shower, sink, toilet, and drinking water. Only downside is there are a LOT of flies when unloading and near the farm but once you get into the area you can camp everything was great!! Very communicative host as well which is always a plus
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Derek B.recommends
July 4, 2022
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
What a delightful spot to camp. The land is beautiful and secluded, Michael and Kelly are very sweet and helpful, and I had everything I needed.
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Michaela M.doesn't recommend
June 1, 2022
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
NO THANKS , not safe
Place needs help . Too many issues. Things not safe enough . Never again . NOPE , is the review , so sad.
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Gyeong M.recommends
April 15, 2022
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Michael and his wife are super nice and my kids and I had a great time feeding the piglets and camping in the woods. The larger camp site was at the end of a marked path and the view of the stars was amazing. We had a fire pit, picnic table and lots of privacy. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the yummy sausages from their farm that we grilled over the fire.
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Karen E.recommends
October 16, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Just do it! You’ll be glad you did!
Michael was fantastic at communication, the site was beautiful and the tour from Carla was amazing!!! Highly recommend!!! Thanks!!!
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Cassie C.recommends
October 10, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
My friend and I decided to try Hipcamp for the first time and were not disappointed! We had a great time exploring the farm and woodlands—there was always something interesting to look at. There were lots of campsite options but we chose a grassy patch by the edge of the woods, which was near the composting toilet and had a fire pit and a great view of the stars. We did have to carry our things from the car to the campsite (as expected) so pack light! Totally recommend if you want to enjoy nature and some peace and quiet.
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Katelyn W.recommends
September 28, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Michael is an incredible host! Highly recommended
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Michael B.recommends
September 21, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Beautiful slice of farm paradise! Got a wonderful tour of the farm and a beautiful site to camp. Would recommend!!!
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Natalie B.recommends
September 9, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Peaceful, Educational and Welcoming
Between the soft, pine needle forest floor, the peaceful, serene woods and the flexible welcoming of our hosts, this was the ideal camping stay. We were able to purchase wood right from the hosts, access to clean water and use a hot shower. Though, my son's favorite part was sprinkling sawdust into the composting toilet, I quite enjoyed the quiet walk from the car to the dense pine woods where we setup our tent. We look forward to coming back soon, and urge any campers coming here to take the time for a tour!
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Zach L.recommends
September 7, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Piglets!
Staying with Michael was a memorable and amazing experience. When we arrived, he and his beautiful dog showed us around the farm and campsites, and taught us a bit about permaculture. We stayed just one night in the secluded campsite, and wish we could’ve stayed longer. Exploring the classroom, woods, and hanging out with the pig herd was a blast, and we were lucky enough to see some two day-old piglets. After trying the farm’s kielbasa and Italian sausage, we are also sure to be paying Michael a visit at the Ithaca farmer’s market for more of his delicious meats. Thank you so much for the great memories!
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Paul G.recommends
August 16, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
The Tired Adventuring Cyclist
After a long day of motorcycle travel got in after dark, he was waiting on me and showed where to pitch my tent. Set up camp and fell asleep listening to the night noises to be awakened by the chickens in the morning. Had a nice chat in morning also, a delightfully nice place,plan on returning in fall!
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Mike S.recommends
August 9, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Now that was some pig farm
Staying with litters of pigs reminds the camper of a different sort of life: what if we cared for this earth instead of destroying it? What if we loved animals like they were comrades on this globe instead of creatures to extract resources out of? Michael's love for nature and his pigs made us have a remarkable stay. We send nothing but gratitude his direction and thank him for his hospitality.
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Nancy K.recommends
July 10, 2021
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Private Campsite in the Woods
It is exactly as advertised - a private campsite in the woods. It is really three separate campsites and the middle one has a small fire pit. We enjoyed star gazing while sitting by the fire and watching the fire flies light up. The farm itself is super interesting. There's a lot of great hiking near by and Ithaca, Elmira and Watkins Glen are very close. It was moderately buggy, but nothing a little Off couldn't handle. It is a little bit of a walk back to the site, so try to pack as lightly as possible.
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Jade L.recommends
July 7, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Paradise at the Permaculture Farm
This is my favorite campsite on Hipcamp and I would recommend it to anyone. This was my second year staying on Michael's Permaculture Farmstead and I love it even more this time. My favorite part of staying at this location is going on the guided tour of the farm. On the tour you get to see the pigs, the fields and how everything is interconnected. The farm also has an outdoor shower, sink and other great features to make your stay on the farm easy and amazing.
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Amanda T.recommends
June 14, 2021
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
We spent a long weekend camping on Michael's farm and loved it. Very quiet and relaxing. There were other groups of campers nearby, but we still felt completely isolated in the best way possible.
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Jordan D.recommends
June 13, 2021
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Fantastic stay - beautiful location
Michael’s farm is very well put together, and the secluded farm is quite secluded! The dolly helps bring things back though. Michael was very helpful and answered any questions we had. The pigs are great!! Toilets and shower are clean and easy to operate
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Timothy M.recommends
June 7, 2021
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Quiet long weekend in the woods
We stayed for 3 nights at the secluded campground on this permaculture farm. The walk to the campsite was lovely through the woods. The campsite itself was spacious, well tended, shaded, and came with a fire pit and picnic table. Michael was a wonderful host, showing us all the sights of the farm and always being available for a great conversation. Being close to Ithaca and the falls was wonderful.
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Nick B.recommends
June 1, 2021
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Beautiful property, great people
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Julia L.recommends
May 25, 2021
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
I would definitely recommend camping here!! The farm wasn’t hard to find (thanks to Michael’s directions) and the grounds are quite beautiful. We ended up pitching our tent in a forested area on a soft bed of pine needles. The toilet was very clean and well-maintained. There was a lot to see on the farm- Berkshire pigs, chickens, and beautiful gardens. Michael and Kelly are wonderful people and they welcomed us like friends. They are extremely knowledgable in all things related to permaculture and it was a pleasure to take the farm tour and learn from Michael about the tenets of this agricultural framework. They also have an incredibly cute and intelligent border collie who followed us around wanting to play every time we were on the farm. I loved my stay and I’m hoping that we can stay here again soon!
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Julia B.recommends
October 23, 2020
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Amazing hosts!
Michael & Kelly were the most wonderful hosts. Warm, welcoming, and so generous with their time and hospitality. The farm homestead is a paradise, and the camping spots are secluded and cozy, while still being a short walk from the car. Their farm dog is super cute and very friendly. The location is ideal - close to Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park.
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Chris K.recommends
October 12, 2020
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Nice Blend of Seclusion/Amenities
This site was great and the hosts were very nice and welcoming. The campsite is secluded and private, as advertised. You do not hear or see any other campers and it is well maintained. And, if needed, you also have the option of walking to the main property to use a toilet and shower. This was the blend my girlfriend and I were looking for and it delivered.
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Paul M.recommends
October 8, 2020
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
As I write this review...
... I am eating some Cayura Sun pork chops with mashed potatoes and an herbed butter sauce. And they are amazing. My wife and I had a wonderful time here! Michael went above and beyond to meet with us and show us around the site upon arrival and was very gracious throughout our stay. Their property is beautiful, and sure to inspire anyone with an eye for ecological design. We also saw him at the Ithaca Farmers Market! The secluded campsite was very private and lovely. A perfect autumn escape. They had an outdoor kitchen where we could do our dishes and the other facilities were fantastic. Within easy driving distance to many great locations. We'll be coming back next summer!
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Cheyenne S.recommends
October 4, 2020
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Hoof it on over to Cayuta Sun Farm!
The permaculture farmstead was a dream come true and exceeded all expectations. Michael and Kelly were beyond helpful and truly made us feel welcome. An outstanding weekend full of engaging conversation with the hosts, a hike to a beautiful wetland, pig feeding and foliage peeping. Perfectly situated halfway between Ithaca and Watkins Glen. Rounded out our stay purchasing pork from their Berkshire pigs. Already making plans to return!
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Yevgeniy S.recommends
September 14, 2020
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
Great camping sport(experience)
This was a great camping experience. Camping sites are very spread making ours very quiet. The host(Michael) is just an amazing person with an interesting life which made it a pleasure to talk to him. He showed us around the farm, explain how it works. We were able to buy some products from his farm.
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Maren O.recommends
September 11, 2020
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
lovely
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Sophia N.recommends
September 8, 2020
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Cayuta Sun Farm exceeded expectations. Kelly showed us the farm-- the garden, outdoor kitchen, outhouse, outdoor shower, chickens, pigs, and our campsite-- upon arrival. It was a bit of a walk from our car to the secluded campsite so I'm glad all of my belongings were packed tightly. I really appreciated the hosts' warmth and hospitality. The location was perfect for our day trips to Watkins Glen and Ithaca. I recommend this to all looking for a relaxing outdoorsy getaway!
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Jeffrey B.recommends
September 5, 2020
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Short but enlightening
Glad we took the time to learn about Michael’s farm and the permaculture ethos. Site was private and the facilities were great!
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Kate T.recommends
September 2, 2020
Cool & Shady Pine Woods @Farmstead
We really enjoyed staying here! Kelly and Michael were incredibly welcoming and kind, and their farm is a great place to stay. We enjoyed the central location between Seneca and Cayuga lakes which was a good jumping off point for exploring the Finger Lakes. Plenty of cool things to see on the farm, too! We loved getting to watch the animals, and playing with the dog and cats!
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Maggie J.recommends
August 28, 2020
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Great campsite, wonderful permaculture farm, and I loved the pigs!
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Jessica M.recommends
August 28, 2020
Secluded Woods at Permaculture Farm
Absolutely worth it.
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