Owner & Operator, Shelterbelt Farm
Finger Lakes farmer, Erica Frenay, shares her foray into hosting overnight guests in two furnished glamping tents. By covering topics including zoning, pricing, insurance, guest amenities and more, you’ll leave feeling more equipped to make a decision about whether adding lodging is the right decision for you.
Erica Frenay is the owner/operator of Shelterbelt Farm, a small farm near Ithaca, NY producing grass-fed lamb and beef, pastured eggs, fruits and berries, baby ginger, and raw honey. In 2018 she and her husband also began welcoming overnight guests to stay on their farm in glamping tents. Erica graduated from Cornell and has a background in natural resources, botany, Holistic Management, and permaculture. She serves on the board of the American Solar Grazing Association, promoting the use of sheep to graze large solar arrays. For the past 14 years, she has been working for the Cornell Small Farms Program, developing resources and networks to support beginning farmers. Currently Erica manages their portfolio of 2 dozen online courses for farmers, and serves as the Cornell Small Program’s livestock specialist. She is also a mentor for a train-the-trainer program in Whole Farm Planning, and is an instructor for various courses with the Groundswell Center for Food and Farming.