(Excerpts from an article published originally in the WFP, May. '72)
Do you want to see new things, meet new people and experience a new way of life? But you can't afford the time or money to travel far from home? Well, city folks, how about a farm vacation? The Manitoba Farm Vacations Association was formed in January to give city dwellers he opportunity of visiting arms and to provide farm families with the chance of gaining additional income. The program aims to promote a better understanding between rural and urban Manitobans. A brochure describing 64 farms participating in the program has been published. It gives detailed accounts of available home accommodations and camping facilities. Included in the descriptions are such attractions as "swimming, golfing, hiking, baseball, hay rides ... homemade bread, pastries with plenty of plain good old-fashioned farm foods .. pony, dog, cats, rabbits and ducks ... and spacious lawns, shrubs, shade trees and shelter belt.' The farm families have expressed an obvious desire to open their homes to paying guests. One family claims, "We have the friendliest dog around." Another says, "We welcome people from anywhere, any race, creed, to come and visit us and enjoy our farm life." Farm vacation rates vary. Home accommodations cost about $60 a six-day week for one adult; about $35 for children. Cottages may be rented for about $35 and camping rates range from about $10 to $25. Interested persons may contact the Manitoba Farm Vacations Association, 385 St. Mary Avenue. Official hostess for the association is Marguerite Manning… Farms participating in the program have been inspected by the association's board of directors. They have noted cleanliness and neatness, adequate kitchen and bathroom facilities, comfortable bedrooms, safe drinking water, insect control, adequate safety precautions toad "good old-fashioned hospitality." Six seminars sponsored by the Manitoba Farm Vacations Association and the Manitoba department of tourism, recreation and cultural affairs were held during April to prepare farmers for the program. Discussion covered such topics as safety, cost breakdown, renovations, and hospitality, said Mrs. Manning.