With independent farms on the verge of extinction and cash-strapped families looking for some wholesome vacation experiences on a budget, it’s no wonder that farm vacations are growing in popularity. Since vacation farms exist in nearly every region, they can fit the bill for staycations too.

One such place, Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts, is located in Rice, Washington where attendees can choose from a variety of classes structured to teach farming and cooking skills that can be applied at home when the vacation is over.

Agri-tourism has great appeal because of the hands-on experiences of the activities that comprise do-it-yourself food production on a working farm. It’s a win-win as farmers are able to supplement their incomes and vacationers can keep the price tags in check while learning skills that they can make use of in their urban and suburban environments.

Photos in the above gallery are credited to photographer David Blaine.