Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Events
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Five Days of Hands-On Learning at Jody Grimm Clinic

Late September through early October, we held our first real clinic here at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, hosting Parelli Professional, Jody Grimm for 5 amazing days of non-stop, Natural Horsemanship. The days were full of learning and stretching and love and friendship as together we made a difference in the lives of one another, our animals and the future of TF&S. Resident or rescue, volunteer or board member, everyone benefited from five days of immersion that will last us for years to come, propelling us forward and offering us even more to share as we strive to better ourselves for the animals in our care, the volunteers who will join us and the guests who will visit along the way.

I am so honored we could host and offer this clinic, the first of many more to come and so thankful for all who reached beyond their comfort zone to make it incredibly special. Thank you, to the hardworking, open minded, and passionate participants, Aileen, Heather, Jeni, Julia, Laima, Michele, Sarah, for making a commitment to doing more and being more for animals in need. Just look at that photo of some of us together. Pretty cool for sure!

Of course a huge thank you is in order for Jody Grimm who somehow found time in her busy clinic schedule for Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. We all love your compassion, enthusiasm and expertise and can't wait until the next years clinic rolls around.

 

Don't Miss Our Last Farm Tour of 2017
Sunday - October 22, 2017 — 12:30 pm
(Gate Opens at 12:15)

Gather Round!

Here is your chance to catch up and have some fun with one of your favorite rescues/sanctuaries. It's bound to be a beautiful afternoon full of like-minded people and your favorite animals.  Not to mention a great autumn view of Mt. Moosilauke. That alone is worth the trip!

You'll be able to get up close and personal with animals like our latest rescues including cows Greta GarMOO and Audrey Heifer and, of course, our recently rescued paint mare and her filly. Learn about our and our animals' histories, our "peace, protection and possibility" mission, methods and philosophies as well our volunteer and educational opportunities, all while immersing yourself in our beautiful farm located right here at the base of New Hampshire's beautiful White Mountains.

DETAILS: As always, this is an RSVP only event. We regret WE CANNOT ACCEPT FB clicks, "interested" or "going" as a formal response (but we absolutely love to see your enthusiasm and informal response). Plan to arrive at 12:15 when our gate opens (sorry, no earlier as we are busy preparing). Our tour begins promptly at 12:30 at which point the gates are closed and locked. The tour is approximately an hour and a half (it can run a bit over depending upon questions) and of course, we hope you'll stay a little longer to enjoy the view, shop our Tomten Wear "store," spend a little extra time with the animals, take some photos and have all of your questions answered. Gates close at 3:15 so we can clean up and get started on evening chores before darkness closes in.

As with any event, structure makes it smoother, so there is necessary fine print. Due to space restrictions and so we don't overwhelm our animals, a head count is important. As always, this is RSVP only-we regret WE CANNOT ACCEPT FB clicks, "interested" or "going" as a formal response (but we absolutely love to see your enthusiasm and informal response). Please, please, please private message or email at tomtenfarmandsanctuary@gmail.com, call or text (617-331-8435) if you'll be coming (and let us know with who) so we can get your party on our roster and pass along our farm address. Should your plans change, please be sure to let us know so others may attend. We regret that no early birds, late arrivals or drop-ins are allowed as it detracts from the experience of others and space is limited.

There is no formal admission charge to join the fun, however, contributions of any wish list item or donations of any amount are humbly asked and greatly appreciated. It is a costly venture to keep this farm afloat and we can't maintain, grow or host you at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary without help.

Security and safety is important to the well being of all at TF&S. We require a signed release and a photo ID to enter our property- no exceptions. I know it seems like a lot; however, with children, animals and strangers at our personal home, it is important. Please print Tomten releases off the website, peruse at your leisure, sign and bring with you to the Tour.

Don't forget to RSVP, bring great energy and any and all questions you have about us, the animals or our upcoming plans. Bonus- you will get to see the beginnings of our new barn! Whether it's your first visit or you're a returning supporter, we can't wait to see you! And as for our new animal crew? Well, they can't wait to meet you. Neigh, quack, baaaa, meow, woof, oink, honk, maaa, bray and of course, moooo! Thanks for helping us make dreams come true for animals in need.

 

 

Solar lights help the Tomten find his way around the farm while he does his night checks, keeping all our animals safe.

A BRIGHT IDEA FOR TOUR ATTENDEES!!

Here's a perfect item to donate from our wish list!
Daylight Savings ends Sunday, November 5th but nighttime chores
still need to get done.

We love all our Litom 3RD-GEN Plating Solar Lights Outdoor, Super Bright Security Solar Wall Lights With Motion Sensor 24 LED RV (2 Pack) that we order from AMAZONSMILE.

Though they might not arrive in time for our Farm Tour, we could really use some more for the long dark winter ahead! You can always send them directly from AmazonSmile to our Board Member Sarah who lives right over the NH/VT border and will gallop over and personally deliver them to the Farm.

    Tomten Farm and Sanctuary
    c/o Sarah Holzer
    1499 Academy Rd
    Thetford, VT 05075

And don't forget to name us as your charity of choice and order from the AMAZONSMILE link of Amazon so we benefit twice from your generosity. Once with the lights and then again with the .5% of the value of your order that AmazonSmile will donate to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.  Thank you!

 

Down and Dirty Work Days
Every First and Third Saturday of the Month

Have you already been on a Tomten Tour?* Want a real hands-on behind-the-scenes farm experience that will help provide peace, protection and possibility for the animals of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary? Then join us! Plan to break a sweat, make an impact and enjoy a full, rewarding day with like-minded people, great animals and a beautiful view.

Don't let age, strength or stamina keep you home—we have tasks for everybody! Typical chores we tackle may include, but are not limited to:  cleaning stalls, turnouts and shelters, filling hay bags, cleaning tack, putting protective shelter flaps on or off shelters, installing Uncle Jimmy's Hanging Balls, repairing fences, clearing brush, cleaning water tanks, buckets and summer pools and more. Experienced volunteers may even get to groom our pigs, Mabel Consuela and Diego Montoya!

DETAILS: Gates open from 10:45-11:00. We work from 11:00-3:30 with breaks and lunch mixed in, and 3:30-4:15 is photo op/one-on-one time with the Tomten animals. Drinks supplied, but we ask everyone to bring a bagged lunch (please, out of respect for our animals, no meat dishes). Wear seasonally appropriate clothing and footwear (think Muck Boots, gloves, etc. No flip flops, no open toed shoes.) that can get dirty (the weather can be slightly unpredictable so plan for anything, high temps/sun, low temps/clouds and/or wind, snow and drizzle.) We always recommend that you bring a change of clothing and socks/shoes in case you get wet, muddy or would like to drive home in something clean. Since many of our volunteers drive great distances to attend, we have been known to cancel for weather. Call 617-331-8435 if you are unsure.

DOGS: While we love your dogs, we do not allow loose dogs at the farm. On cool fall days and moderate winter days, you are welcome to bring quiet, well-behaved dogs, leave them in your car and walk them in approved areas of the farm before, after and during lunch. We will not allow disruptive dogs (i.e. barking, unleashed, etc.) to remain on the property—safety first. Please check the weather and plan accordingly. Together we are Tomten Farm and Sanctuary and with your help, we make a difference in the lives of animals in need. Hope to see you soon!

* Haven't joined us on a tour yet? Sorry, you must attend one of our organized Tomten Tours prior to participating in our Down and Dirty Work Days. Please see the Events Section of the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Facebook  page for upcoming Farm Tour dates. We hope to meet you soon.

Tomten Kids' Club
The Tomten After-School Program for Kids 9-17

Every second and fourth Wednesday afternoon, Tomten Farm and Sanctuary opens its doors to our very own Kids Club. For two hours, 3:30-5:30, interested kids will have the opportunity to get involved with the animals they may have dreamed of having as their own. It's great chance for animal loving kids to reap the many benefits animals offer and get a realistic idea of what care, responsibility and ownership really requires.

Educational and interactive, time will be spent working, learning, handling, caring for, and interacting with the animals of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.

This is designed to be a working educational program and while we are not charging a fee, donations of any amount of gifts of any Wish List item are very much appreciated. Your gifts help the animals and help us keep giving! RSVP required, limited space available. Please text, call, pm or email us for more information and, if you are local, please share and help us get the word out.

 

 

 

Kids' Club Programs
are dependent upon
Interest, Weather and
Farm Conditions.

Call or contact us to
ask about future dates

REQUIRED READING: THE FINE PRINT
As with any event, structure makes it smoother, so there is necessary fine print. Due to space restrictions and so we don't overwhelm our animals, a head count is important. As always, this is RSVP only — we regret WE CANNOT ACCEPT FB clicks, "interested" or "going" as a formal response (but we absolutely love to see your enthusiasm and informal responses!).

RSVP!

Please, please, please email us at
tomtenfarmandsanctuary@gmail.com,
private message us on
facebook, call or
text (617-331-8435) if you'll be coming (and let us know who else will join you), so we can get your party on our roster and pass along our physical address and directions if needed.

Should your plans change, please be sure to let us know so others may attend. We regret that no early birds, late arrivals or drop-ins are allowed since it detracts from the experience for others and space is limited.

As always, there is no formal admission charge to join the fun, however, contributions of any wish list item or donations of any amount are humbly requested, accepted and appreciated. As you can imagine, is a costly venture to keep this farm afloat and we can't operate it, continue to grow or open our gates to you at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary without help.

Security and safety are important to the well being of all at TF&S. We require a signed release and a photo ID to enter our property - no exceptions. We love children but we ask that you please keep them with you throughout the tour. Out of concern for the safety of our animals, please no dogs on the tours. 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 understand that with children, animals and strangers at our personal residence, experience has taught us that establishing and enforcing clear farm rules is essential.

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 Tour. Your signed release form is good for one calendar year.



BEFORE YOU COME, YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Tomten is a Working Farm and Sanctuary

Farm Bathroom Facilities Are Plain and Simple
While we eagerly await the construction of our exciting new barn, we are pleased to offer you an authentic farm experience: our outdoor unisex Porta-Potty. We pride ourselves on its frequent pump-outs, reliable supply of toilet paper and unique style.

The Farm Environment is Not a Walk in the Park
As with most New England farms, you may encounter rocks, divots, dips, slight inclines/declines, mud, dust, insects, cow flaps (otherwise known as manure), briars, branches, and animals who shed, drool, lick, snort, sneeze and love-nip you with delightful abandonment. It is possible you could get a splinter from our fence rails, trip over a chipmunk, get bitten by a deer fly, or realize later that you have brought home a teeny tiny tick—which is why we advise thoroughly checking yourselves and your children when visiting during spring and summer months.

Maximize the Fun…Make it a Weekend Getaway
There are events and accommodations that meet everyone's taste and budget in New Hampshire and nearby Vermont, all within an hour or so of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. Shop and dine at nationally known King Arthur Flour Store AND CAFÉ (think yum!!). It's right off Route 91. Shop 'til you drop at FarmWay/Vermont Gear (we love their footwear and socks department but you'll also find all kinds of gear, jewelry, gifts, etc.) It's right over the CT River in Vermont. Closed Sundays.  If you want to add an overnight to the fun, choose from quaint B & B's to larger hotel chains to luxurious country inns. Check TripAdvisor.com for real guests' reviews or these Chamber of Commerce links (Note: If you do a Google search, be sure your search results are for Haverhill NEW HAMPSHIRE area not Haverhill MA):

Note: Tomten does not receive any financial benefit from businesses listed above. We highly recommend reading TripAdvisor's independent reviews of accommodations.


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