Tomten Community

Meet the Board

Together we are Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.

But it is our volunteer Board of Directors who do much of the heavy lifting. Their combined efforts and governance ensure that we are functioning at our best, both on the farm and off—with you, the animals, the state and the federal government.  So much more goes into operating an animal nonprofit organization than "just" taking care of the animals. And I am proud to say that these women perform their volunteer Board duties more seriously than most folks probably do in their "real" jobs.

Sitting on a Board is not for everyone. And here at Tomten—as we race to create a sustainable, responsible rescue and sanctuary—there really isn't much sitting done at all. Commitment is essential. Expectations are high. Demands on time are many. Our Board members not only take a very active part in day-to-day activities, they also help to anticipate and address the concerns of tomorrow, the next months and the years to come. We could not do all that we do without the tremendous above-and-beyond efforts of each individual. In addition to multiple in-person meetings each year and countless volunteer hours at home and on the farm, members communicate with each other frequently (often 

weekly) to stay abreast and involved in everything that is happening at Tomten.

We appreciate their commitment to our Rescues—their everyday care, health, safety, well-being and, occasionally, adoptive placement.

We appreciate their goodwill toward those who join our journey—making sure that it is not only the animals that benefit from their efforts, but the humans (onsite and online) who travel beside us as well.

We appreciate their dedication to our organization —their stewardship, unbiased oversight, honesty and grit. It is their willingness to always do more, give more and be more in every task: animal care, fundraising, public relations, communication, planning, events and all that add value to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary every single day.

We appreciate their passion, their joy, their camaraderie, their humor and their partnership. They are Tomten Farm and Sanctuary and they are instrumental in helping us create peace, protection and possibility for every animal that walks through our gate.

Thank you to the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Board for making
a difference in the lives of humans and animals in need.
There are no dreams-come-true without you.


Jenifer Vickery, Founder and President


Laima Whitty, Vice President


Julia Lerch, Secretary


Michele Devereaux, Treasurer



Tomten Herd Mates

Aileen W.
Board member in training

Kate V.
Provider of good words cheap

Tomten Volunteers
Thank you to all of our volunteers past, present and future— (including our "volunteers emeriti" from our original farm
in Massachusetts, many of whom now drive to NH). Their hard work, camaraderie, humor and dedication help Tomten
Farm and Sanctuary continue to achieve our mission of providing peace, protection and possibility to animals in need.
Helping animals, helping humans and making a difference, one life at a time.

Tomten Gatekeepers

Gatekeeper #1

Gatekeeper #2

Gatekeeper #3

Security Team Supervisor


People/Businesses We Like to Support

Tom Morin, Farrier
Recommended by rescued off-track thoroughbred Freya and all the Tomten equines. They just love a man who takes the time to get to know them before giving them their pedicures.

Farm-Way/Vermont Gear
Bradford, Vermont 05033
Ask for John

Recommended by Tomten animals for grain and supplies and by Tomten humans for warm clothes and the coolest selection of socks and footwear.

Dodge Grain Co.
Salem, New Hampshire 03079
Ask for Kelly

Recommended by Nana LaMancha. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and, well, anytime in-between.

Wood Pond Veterinary Services
Dr. Andrew Krause, Dr. Erin Nelson,
Dr. Megan Foy
North Haverhill, New Hampshire 03774

Recommended by Tomten animals for medical care for a variety of vaccinations, illnesses and procedures. Note: the male animals advise trying to avoid the "procedures" whenever possible.

Joe Bramonte
Equine Dentist

Recommended by Jen for your horse, pony and/or donkey for routine prevention exams and treatment for problem/painful teeth, chewing issues, etc. Gentle, calm and patient, even our newly arrived auction rescues benefit from a drama-free exam and floating by Joe.

Kerri Mitton, DVM
Shirley, Massachusetts

Recommended by Jen. Our "Official Tomten Vet" for many years at our first farm. While, sadly, we are now too far away for a farm call, we highly recommend Dr. Mitton for preventative and emergency medical care for farm animals in Central MA and Southern NH. In addition to maintaining the good health of all the animals we have at Tomten, she also enjoys calling on her alpaca and llama patients!

Shed/Stall Wind-Blocker Strips
Ask for Eugene

Recommended by Niccolo´ Nubiano and friends to help take the BRRRRR out of New England winters.

Springfield Fence
North Springfield, Vermont

Recommended by Jen for a professional job of providing safety and containment of Tomten animals, large and small…even our burly 800 lb. Berkshire pigs!

Bonnie Bergeron, Real Estate Agent
Martha Diebold Properties
Lyme, New Hampshire

Recommended by Jen and all the grateful animals. Bonnie instantly understood what Tomten needed to grow, thrive and continue our mission of providing peace, protection and possibilities. She found us the perfect property and handled the entire transaction like the pro she is.


Horizon Structures
Atglen, Pennsylvania
Ask for Mike

Recommended by Tomten Farm and Sanctuary's horses, ponies, donkeys, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, dogs and cows for personalized service and well-built, good looking, comfortable creature accommodations.


Chief Crushing and Excavation
South Ryegate, Vermont

Recommended by Jen who utilized this company during her barn construction. "They have gone above and beyond to do their part in getting our site-work done in preparation for construction of our new barn. They really know their business and are a true pleasure to do business with."

Copies and More
Love our thank you cards and postcards? 
Copies and More is our go-to printer.
Recommended by Jen
for fast, friendly service.

*Hours may vary. Please call ahead.

MouseWorks Website Design & Hosting

Recommended by Jen. "I have depended on Jill and MouseWorks to create, design and maintain both my business website ( for over a decade and my Tomten Farm and Sanctuary website since we started our nonprofit organization. She can be counted on for her patience with our requests and fast, professional service that helps us get the word out to our clients and supporters."

Did You Know...


Barn swallows have always been beloved spring and summer residents at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, just as they were at the farm that Viktor Rydberg writes of in his poem, Tomten.

    "…Slowly he turns to the barnyard loft,
    His fortress, his home and rest,
    High in the mow, in the fragrant hay
    Near to the swallow's nest.
    The nest is empty, but in the spring
    When birds mid leaves and blossoms sing,
    And come with her tiny mate.
    Then will she talk of the journey tell.
    Twittering to all who hear it,…"

To read the full poem, go to our Legend of the Tomten page.

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