My daughter decided she wanted a farm camping experience for her seventh birthday. We and her best friend and family spent three nights at Hard Earth Farm, and I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. Pam and Micky were the most gracious hosts, going so far above with their hospitality and really welcoming us into their day-to-day experiences. We milked goats, brushed and fed rabbits, were honored with llama kisses, and made good friends with the sturdiest, snuggliest barn cat I've ever met. The accommodations were so nice: new platforms for our tents kept us off the ground and away from creepy crawlies; The new bath house is luxurious with a sink, shower, and toilet; The Cozy House is a charming home base that has a little fridge, microwave, and a fan (which meant a lot on this super hot weekend). There is also a great fire pit area down the valley a bit near to the camp sites that is cool in the evening. Aside from all of the fun farm activities, there are some great hiking trails that go down to a lovely creek. We spent a morning wading up and down there, and then it was a quick drive over to the nearby lake to cool off in the afternoon.
Pam and Micky also have a really beautiful garden they are cultivating, and the beginnings of a lovely vineyard. It is inspiring to see the work they are doing to rehabilitate what was clear cut lumber land not too many years ago. With sustainable farming and responsible animal husbandry, they really demonstrate what small farming looks like today. I am so grateful to them for sharing this wonderful experience with us, and the girls had the very best time. It's a lovely property, and we can't wait to go back. Though maybe in March when the goats are being born and it's not 97 degrees ;)