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.
Upcoming Farm Tours:
- Cohase Chamber of Commerce Farm Tour
Sunday August 19th, 2018
11 – 3
Make Tomten Farm and Sanctuary one of your stops!
*Please Note: Time for this tour is 11 – 3, not our usual tour hours.
Additional dates to be announced soon. Watch this space or go to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Events page on Facebook.
Plan to arrive at 12:15. (Our gate does not open until 12:15 -sorry, we need time to prep!)
Tours begin promptly at 12:30 and end around 2:00. But don't worry, we won't rush you out!
In fact, we hope you will stay a little longer to enjoy the view, maybe purchase TF&S hats, tees, or totes, share a little
extra time with the animals, take more photos and get all of your questions answered. Gates close at 3:15 so we can clean up and get started on evening chores.
As with any event, structure makes it go smoother, so there is necessary fine print.
PLEASE READ SIDEBAR AT RIGHT FOR IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND INFO. >>>>>
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 email@example.com 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 extend an invitation to organizations that make this world a better place for all of
us—people and animals—to come meet us, to schedule a tour of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. Organizations like local 4-H groups.
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.
We are excited to welcome the Haverhill, NH LUCKY STARS 4-H group to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary on Saturday May
26th. LUCKY STARS 4-H members range in age from 8 to 18. They're a multi-talented group involved in a wide variety
of project areas 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 leadsership.
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.
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.