REQUIRED READING FOR DOWN AND DIRTY WORK DAY VOLUNTEERS
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. REMEMBER, ATTENDEES OF OUR DOWN AND DIRTY WORKDAYS MUST
HAVE PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED A PUBLIC TOMTEN FARM TOUR.
Should your plans change, please be sure to
let us know so others may attend. Events often fill quickly and we would hate to say no to an inquiring participant 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.
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, hats, 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 wear layers and bring a change of clothing and socks/shoes in case you get wet, muddy or would like to drive home in something clean.
Out of safety concerns for our many of our road warrior volunteers who drive 3+ hours to attend
, bad weather may require us to cancel a work day. Click here for Haverhill, NH weather and call (603)989-5800 if you are unsure.
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. 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 Work Day. If you signed a release when you attended
a public Farm Tour, that release is also good for Down and Dirty Work Days for one year from the date it was originally signed.
Independent exploration is not allowed. Out
of concern for your safety and the safety of our animals, please do not enter or cut through adjacent woodlands and fenced pastures.
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.
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.
Dates are subject to change dependent upon weather and unexpected circumstances. Please
confirm the Event is going on as scheduled on our Facebook Events page. If a Down and Dirty
Workday is canceled, we will leave a message on the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary phone line: (603) 989-5800.
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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
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.