Sleep In The Straw

Sleep In The Straw

Sleep in the Straw, the Farm Stay podcast, offers stories and thought-provoking perspectives about the business of operating a farm stay where farmers open their gates to overnight guests. In each episode, we bring you the voices and views of family farmers offering everything from campsites to inns. You’ll also hear from lodging industry experts, policy advocates, and the occasional clucking chicken.


July 5, 2023 29 mins

Join us as we sit down with Scott Shappell, the owner of Netherfield Natural Farm in Fontana, Kansas. Scott takes us on a journey through his unique approach to farm stays and shares the inspiration behind his farm's distinctive branding—a captivating American Gothic-style photo op in front of his farmhouse.

Scott reveals the deeper purpose behind his offerings. He shares his passion for teaching guests the art of bread and pas...

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In this episode, we delve into the challenges of defining agritourism and the introduction of the Global Agritourism Network. Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • There is a consensus that agritourism involves experiences closely tied to working farms, ranches, and agricultural operations. These activities range from harvesting and planting to barn raisings and overnight farm stays. The origins of agritourism can be t...
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In this episode, we delve into the world of farm stays with Beth Kennett, owner of a farm stay in Vermont. Beth shares her experiences and insights about running a farm stay business throughout the year. Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • Beth recounts how their farm stay journey began back in 1984 when a family came to ski during the February school vacation. Despite being located between two major ski ar...
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