RSVP Public Tomten Farm Tours
If you love animals, want to make an impact and are interested in learning more about Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, this
fun event is for you, your family and friends!
Get up close and personal with the animals, hear about their histories, Tomten Farm and Sanctuary's mission, methods
and philosophies. This is a great chance to meet animals available for adoption, learn about our volunteer and educational opportunities as well, all while immersing yourself in our rural New Hampshire farm with its beautiful view of Mt. Moosilauke.
Go ahead, grab your calendar, reserve the day(s). To avoid disappointment, please rsvp soon.
Last chance to enjoy a public farm tour in 2018!!
- RSVP Guided Public Farm Tour
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Gate Opens at 12:15; Tour Begins Promptly at 12:30
If you love animals, want to make an impact and are interested in learning more about Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, this event is for you.
Perhaps you are chomping at the bit to return and see old friends—the rescues that together we saved. Or maybe you
just can't wait to see the progress of our barn and find out what's in store for 2019 as we continue striving to be more, do more and give more to animals in need.
In addition to getting up close and personal with our animals, hearing how they came to enjoy peace, protection and
possibility at Tomten Farm and Sanctuary and familiarizing yourself with our mission, methods and philosophies, we invite you to:
- Explore our volunteer and educational opportunities
- Feast your eyes on the magnificent fall foliage of New Hampshire's White Mountains and our scenic backdrop view of Mt. Moosilauke
- View and buy some chances to win this year's beautiful handcrafted fundraiser quilt, all proceeds of which go toward Tomten's Fall and Winter Hay Drive
- Get a jump on your holiday shopping with Tomten hoodies, scarves, hats and more.
- Be the first to get your hands on our new line of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Photo Cards featuring color images
of your favorite Sanctuary residents.
So grab your calendar and reserve the day (see right sidebar on how to RSVP), Sunday, October 21. We can't wait for
you to join us on our journey.
Timing is Everything!
Plan to arrive at 12:15. Our gate does not open until then as we are busy preparing to help you make the most of your
visit. Tour begins promptly at 12:30. We regret that no early birds, late arrivals or unexpected drop-ins are admitted
since it detracts from the experience of others. Tours typically take an hour and a half to two hours (give or take a few
minutes so we can answer everyone's questions). Of course we hope you will stay a little longer to enjoy the view, take
more photos, shop for Tomten swag and holiday cards, purchase your quilt raffle tickets for our annual hay fundraiser
and spend a little extra time with the animals. Gates close at 3:15 so you can get on your way and we can clean up and get started on evening chores.
2019 promises to be our most exciting year yet!
The date of our first Spring 2019 Tour will be announced here and in the Events section of the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Facebook page.
Private Farm Tours for Tomten 500 Club Donors
When you donate $500 or more to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary in one calendar year (via several small donations,
monthly donations, sponsorships or a one-time $500+ donation), it will be our pleasure to give you a special "insider" farm tour.
Created as an expression of gratitude for our much-appreciated Tomten 500 Club Donors, (we couldn't do what we do
without you!), this unique thank you gift is designed to give supporters a memorable, up-close-and-personal experience here on the farm.
You choose the guest list for this tour. Friends, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, your book club...your tour
can include up to a total of eight people. Participants will get to meet the animals who benefit from your support, hear
their individual rescue stories and spend hands-on time getting to know them—all while enjoying the music of a donkey's bray, a pig's snort and a cow's moooooooooooo.
You'll spend your day with Tomten founder Jen Vickery, seeing, hearing, touching, and discovering all the peace,
protection and possibility that your tax-deductible donation has helped make possible for animals in need.
Interested? Please email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our dedicated phone line
at (603) 989-5800. Leave your name, phone number and the best time to call. We will reach out to schedule
a tour that will fill your heart(s) and hopefully, forever change the way you look at the animals with whom
we share this earth.
Pro Bono Tours for Those Who Do Good
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much
~ Helen Keller
According to GuideStar®, a directory of U.S. charities and nonprofits, there are 23,008 IRS-recognized Animal Protection,
Welfare and Services organizations.
So how can one small 501(c)(3) nonprofit that's nestled in rural New Hampshire farmland possibly compete with 23,007
other nonprofits—many of whom have similar missions but may also have thousands more Facebook followers, larger
properties, paid staff members and donors whose net worth might be in the top 1%?
Our simple answer is, we don't. Instead, just like Avis Rent A Car used to say, "We Try Harder."
We look for ways to combine our efforts with those whom we like to think of "partners in doing good," groups including
fellow New England Rescues and Sanctuaries, local community groups, and more. We high-five them when they rescue
lives at risk. Sometimes we combine our efforts to save animals together as we have with Dorset Equine Rescue. We brainstorm about best practices ideas that work. We network, support each other's goals and we applaud their successes as they do ours.
Every day we take a moment to be grateful for the generosity of our loyal supporters and donors and the help of our
board members and volunteers. We literally observe our successes by seeing the animals we save enjoying peace,
protection and possibility in our pastures every day. Animals like horse auction rescue Fern Raventail and Cow Initiative rescue Marilyn MOOnroe and livestock auction rescue Gladys NoWool and her family.
And so, because education, networking, mentoring and
helping animals, helping humans and making
dreams come true one life at a time,
are part of our mission, we regularly extend invitations to organizations that make this world a better place for all of
us—people and animals— to come meet us and discover Tomten Farm and Sanctuary is all about.
Interested nonprofits should email Jen at email@example.com or call our dedicated phone line at (603)
989-5800. Leave your name, your org's name and mission, phone number and the best time to call. We will get back to you within 48 hours.
Thanks for Your Visit, NH Lucky Stars 4-H Group!
4-H has become the nation's largest youth development organization reaching almost six million young people in rural,
urban and suburban communities in every state. I am proud to say my mother and I were both 4-H members and my grandfather led a 4-H Dairy Goat Club.
The 4 H Pledge
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Ranging in age from 8 to 18, the Lucky Stars are a multi-talented group involved in a wide range of projects including
community service, arts and crafts, dairy goats and woodworking. Jodie L. and Mark L. are the group's leaders. We at Tomten salute their dedication to 4-H volunteering and leadership.
Interested nonprofits and other qualifying organizations should email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
our dedicated phone line at (603) 989-5800. Leave your name, your org's name and mission, phone number and the best time to call. We will get back to you within 24-48 hours.
Thanks Cohase Chamber of Commerce for Putting Us On the Map!
Each year in August, the Cohase Chamber of Commerce hosts their popular self-guided
Farm Tour. Tour participants sign up, get a map and drive around the beautiful Connecticut River Valley visiting the featured farms and agricultural businesses. It's a fun
family and educational event and we were honored to open our gates to new friends and visitors.
Cohase Farm Tour attendees enjoyed a sneak peek of Tomten's new barn.
Tomten founder, Jen V. welcomes Erik V. Executive Director, Cohase Chamber of Commerce
Mini Hweehehe Whinny Wooly Wildfire (available for adoption) loved meeting everyone
Picture-perfect weather for farm touring
Norberto Pantaloné can't wait to meet you!
REQUIRED READING FOR
FARM TOUR/EVENT ATTENDEES
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, on-site events are RSVP only
— we regret WE CANNOT ACCEPT Facebook clicks, "interested" or "going" as a formal response (even though we absolutely love to see your enthusiasm and informal responses!).
Please, please, please email us at
email@example.com, private message us on facebook or call our dedicated
Tomten phone line (603) 989-5800 if you'll be coming. (Please note: That line accepts voice but not text messages.) Be certain to let us
know what event you will attend, your name and the names of others who will accompany you so we can get your entire 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. Tours and
other events often fill quickly and we would hate to say no to an inquiring visitor only to find there was actually room due to no-shows
who failed to notify us. We regret that no early birds, late arrivals or unexpected drop-ins are allowed as it detracts from the experience of others.
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, it is a costly venture to keep this farm afloat and we can't
operate it, continue to grow or open Tomten Farm and Sanctuary's gates to you without help.
Security and safety are important to the well being of all at TF&S. 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.
We require a signed release and a photo ID from every attendee who enters our property - no exceptions.
We love children 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.
Dates are subject to change dependent upon weather and unexpected circumstances. If a
tour is canceled, we will leave a message on the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary phone line: (603) 989-5800 and on our Facebook page.
Neigh, quack, baaaa, meow, woof, cluck, oink, honk, maaa, bray and of course, moooo! See you soon!
BEFORE YOU COME,
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Tomten is a Working Farm & Sanctuary
Farm Bathroom Facilities
Are Plain and Simple
While our exciting new barn nears completion,
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 a unique decorating 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 natural bug repellent application and 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).
Dartmouth College/Hanover NH, the quintessential Vermont town of Woodstock, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science just minutes from Woodstock in Quechee, VT, a shopping trip to FarmWay/Vermont Gear in Bradford VT, King Arthur Bakery Café & Store and NH White Mountains are all within an
hour or so drive from the farm.
Note: Tomten does not receive any financial benefit from businesses listed above. We
highly recommend reading TripAdvisor's independent reviews of accommodations.