Tomten Farm and Sanctuary
Community Days

We love living in Grafton County New Hampshire. Our location, just a short drive off Rte.
I-91 and over the Connecticut River, makes it easy to share our farm and our mission with not only neighbors in our own town (Haverhill) but also with those in the Vermont/New Hampshire towns that make up the Upper Valley area. Just a few of the Community Days events that we offer for all ages and interests are shown here. We're working on more to come. Check back here and go to the "EVENTS" section of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary's Facebook page to see what's on Tomten's calendar and RSVP to reserve your spot. We look forward to meeting you!


Thanks Cohase Chamber of Commerce for Putting Tomten on the Map!

Each year in August, the Cohase Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual self-guided Farm Tour. Sign up, get a map and visit assorted farms in our area. In addition to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, participating farms this year include The Robie Farm (Piermont, NH), Macwilham Farm (Bradford, VT), Root 5 Farm (Fairlee, VT) and Peaked Moon Farm (Piermont, NH).

If you have never been to one of Tomten's own tours, we hope you'll come visit us and the other featured farms and agricultural businesses on August 19th.  All the participating farms are within easy driving distance of each other in the beautiful Cohase region, nestled in the alley of the Connecticut River. The region encompasses the Vermont towns of Newbury, Bradford and Fairlee and the New Hampshire towns of Haverhill, Orford and Piermont.

Past tours have featured organic vegetable farms, dairy farms, cattle ranches, herb farms, classic family farms, composting operations and so much more!  It's a great FREE family and educational event.  We guarantee you'll learn something new and you never know what you will see!

Join the 2018 Annual Cohase Farm Tour
Sunday August 19, 2018

Check here for more info. Hope to see you soon!

The Fine Print:
In the interest of everyone's safety, Tomten Farm and Sanctuary requires a signed release and a photo ID from every attendee who enters our property - no exceptions. We love introducing children to our farm and its resident animals but we ask that you please keep them with you throughout the event. Independent exploration by children and adults is not allowed.  Out of concern for your safety and the safety of our animals, please do not enter or cut through fenced pastures. Please, no dogs allowed. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property and while we respect your right to own them, we ask that you leave firearms at home or appropriately secured in your vehicle.

Please print Tomten release forms off our website for each person who will be attending; read at your leisure, sign, and bring with you to the event. Your signed release form is good for one calendar year.


H is for Horse. Read to the Animals Day

Sometimes it's nice to read to yourself, but imagine how much more fun it would be to share your favorite book with the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary animals. That's when the real magic happens! They all love to be read to and will think that YOU are the most fascinating person in the world. It's a real treat for everyone.

A popular program at our Massachusetts farm, we couldn't wait to offer it again at our new farm in NH. And so for our very first "Read to the Animals Day" here, we joined forces with our local library, the Haverhill Library Association NH to offer a special Reading Day for patrons of our community public library. The children borrowed their favorite book and brought it here to read to donkeys Beatrice Poppins Braymore, her son Baby Braymore and horse Pippilottaspotslongstocking (photos above).

Future "Read to the Animals" Day will be expanded to include young Upper Valley public library patrons, too. The program is best suited for animal-loving children 5-9 years old, perfect for kindergarten and grades one through three.

So that our animals and their young reading partners have their own very special one-on-one event, we schedule 45-minute appointments throughout a sunny afternoon. While you are waiting, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.

Watch for this event here or on our Facebook page and sign up quickly so you don't miss out.

In our continued efforts to give back to the community, children and the animals we love, this event is always FREE.  Appropriate footwear required. See our Tours page for more details about visiting Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.


Are you learning how to play a musical instrument?
Would you like to come practice or play what you have learned for the Tomten Animals?
If so, we may also plan a "Play a Song for the Animals Day."
Email us at and let us know if would like to participate.
If there is enough interest, we'll get to work planning that day!
Note from Beatrice: "I love bagpipes and violins."



Nana Days at the Farm

This is Nana LaMancha. Nana is one of our senior goats here at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. She is always happy. She makes people smile. A lot. She is named after my grandmother who also made people smile a lot throughout her life (especially me!).

Rescued from auction, destined for slaughter, our Nana (Nana LaMancha) nearly died during her stay in quarantine. But never gave up. She fought her way back. She knew better days were ahead for her and she was determined to live to see them. She survived.

My grandmother never got to meet Nana LaMancha, but you can! In fact, you can meet all of the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary animals.

If you are a "Nana," or a "Grampa" (or around that age group
that many refer to as "seniors"), we created this day for your enjoyment.

Maybe you grew up on a farm or spent summers at your uncle's ranch. Perhaps you were in 4-H or FFA. Or you accompanied your dad on his egg route or just loved spending time with your own animals. Possibly, you lived in the city all your life and always wanted your own farm. Whatever the reason, a visit to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary does the heart, mind and soul good.

So please, come join us. Breathe in this fresh New Hampshire air with like-minded people and Nana LaMancha and her friends.

Our pigs will entertain you, showing off as they sit like dogs for treats. Our goats will gaze deeply into your eyes, sharing your deepest thoughts. And our horses will promise to be your best friends forever for the bargain price of a single carrot. Smiles always abound at this popular event. Watch for our next date here on our website or on our Facebook page and sign up early so you don't miss out.

This event is always FREE and light refreshments will be served. Note: If you would like to bring your grandchildren to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, please make plans to attend one of our Public Farm Tours that are tailored for ALL ages. See our Tour page for dates and more details about tours and what to expect on your visit.



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Did You Know...

That our core group of volunteers are so dedicated that they still travel 3+ hours from their homes in Massachusetts to come to Tomten's Down and Dirty Work Days, Events and Programs?  Come, join us and see why! See our Volunteer page for more details.

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