Harvest Hosts is an incredibly unique RV membership program. Through this program, members are granted access to 3293+ host locations across North America for overnight accommodations with no camping fees. To support each of these businesses, members typically make a small purchase of wine or produce or whatever it is that the business is selling or offering. Locations include establishments such as farms, wineries, breweries, museums, restaurants, attractions, and more. Valkyrie Springs Farm and Forage is a prime example of one of our awesome hosts. Located in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, this farm has been growing herbs and cultivating medicinal products since 2018. Continue on to learn all about the farm, its history, the business today, and its joining of the Harvest Hosts program.
Being from Michigan, Lyz grew up surrounded by nature. After high school, Lyz became a nurse and worked in several large cities. However, they always longed to return to their more rural roots. Lyz has always had a passion for plants, and they later embarked on a journey to harness all that they have to offer, becoming an herbalist. This allowed them to combine Eastern, Western, ancestral and modern healing into a single model for wellness.
Arthur also grew up in a rural area, and he later served in the US Navy and became a computer programmer. However, after some time, he realized that he was much happier living a more nature-driven life. Together, Lyz and Arthur combined their skills and knowledge, leading them to open Valkyrie Springs Farm and Forage in 2018.
The Business Today
Just less than three years after opening their doors to the public, Valkyrie Springs Farm and Forage operates as a thriving business in the small town of Capon Bridge, West Virginia. The natural springs on their farmland are thousands of years old and provide only the purest waters. On their beautiful property, visitors will find gorgeous mountainous and forested areas, as well as meadows, streams, and marsh areas. On their property, the Freys wild-forage medicinal herbs, while also growing other herbs and vegetables. In addition, they raise chickens and turkeys, while producing a wide variety of herbal offerings and products, as well.
They regularly offer guided hikes, events, wild herb walks, classes, and more. These events and walks teach the public about their farm and about the powers and benefits of medicinal plants. Product offerings in the Valkyrie Springs online shop range from herbal teas and bath salts to cocktail syrups, maternity and baby herbal products, pet products, salves, tonics, and herbal smoking blends. The wide range of products truly provides something for everyone, and Lyz and Arthur work hard to educate customers about the products and their uses and benefits.
Joining Harvest Hosts
Valkyrie Springs Farm and Forage joined the Harvest Hosts program just about a year ago, and since then, visitors have loved staying on their beautiful farm. Farm guests can hike, go on wild herb walks, catch-and-release fish from the streams on the property, and just relax and enjoy the peaceful environment. Harvest Hosts guests must sign and return a rules form within twenty-four hours of their arrival, and guests are asked to make their purchases online, as the gift shop is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. When Harvest Hosts members shop online and place their order by 8PM on the day of their arrival, they can receive front-door delivery the next day.
In addition, each RV site has its own fire pit, with firewood provided. Currently, this location offers two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs under thirty-five feet in length. They ask that you keep pets leashed at all times, due to the extensive wildlife living on the property.
Valkyrie Springs Farm and Forage is a particularly unique business, perfectly displaying the excellence of the Harvest Hosts experience. Be sure to stop by on your next trip through West Virginia.
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