The Farm

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm is a diversified family farm, committed to farming in a way that enriches the human and natural communities we live in. 

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm derives its name from the Trinidadian expression “pumpkin vine family” which is used to describe the large network of extended family that seems to connect most - if not all - of the island. Like pumpkin vines, which run far from the source but share a common root, so too our family is widely dispersed around the globe. Our connections are important to us, and our farm serves as a strong base that draws us together. 

  

Our mission is not only to live a sustainable and engaged life ourselves, but to help re-establish the connections between people and the land, by reminding them of their agricultural legacy and providing rich farm experiences for all ages.

Combining Anil’s practical skills with Kelly’s tendency to dream, we are reviving a six generation family farm. Aided by Anil’s master’s degree in animal science and Kelly’s doctorate in agricultural education, we are slowly and carefully building a farm that will be a resource for the present community as well as the generations to come.

One of o
ur main goals here at Pumpkin Vine Farm is to re-connect people with farms; we believe that farm stays offer a grounding experience that is often missing in today’s increasingly high-tech world. On a farm one engages all one’s senses, uses all one’s muscles, and becomes involved in the cycles of life and and death. We, in turn, enjoy lengthening the pumpkin vines that join us all into family. 



Soon, we hope to host farm apprentices, both locally and internationally, both through traditional apprentice programs as well as innovative “junior year on-farm” programs. 
In the meantime, if you are interested in visiting the farm, please let us know.

Farm News

  • Keiran's birthday market We are delighted to invite you all to a special Sunday market tomorrow, July 31, when we celebrate our growing community connections, as well as Keiran’s 8th birthday!!! Hard to believe our first little farmer has grown into such a capable & strong farmer, who knows and does just about everything on the farm. But we’re not surprised at all that he’s still such a sweet boy… even if he does pack the occasional squirt gun in his back pocket ; ) Tomorrow we’ll have our usual cool & creamy dairy treats, and the yogurt you’ve grown to love. I’m thinking of making yogurt pops...Benji is upping the surprise factor by giving us a “maybe” list: Maybe ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2016, 6:04 PM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Open Farm Day July 24th We are pleased to welcome visitors to our farm tomorrow as part of the statewide Open Farm Day. The farm will be open to visitors from 11 am - 4 pm, and you are welcome to bring your lunch and have a picnic in the back fields. We've put a sign on Rte 17 to help new visitors find us; we'll be waiting 1 mile down the road, with our fields and barns open for walking tours. We may even convince Anil to do some hayrides to the back field : ) You are welcome to bring lunch and have a picnic, or a kite to fly in our back fields. Be sure to bring your camera! Our regular market will ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2016, 7:40 PM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Summer Sunday on the farm Oh the beauty of ripening summer: the bees are busy in the flowers, the baby goats have graduated to the pasture, and the grain is ripening. I'm not quite sure what happened to the fluffy yellow ducklings we had a few weeks ago...! As for the rest of us, we are just trying to stay cool and hydrated. Bring your sunhat and come join us for a lovely summer afternoon on the farm. We'll have ice tea and ice coffee and a swing under the willow tree. Besides that, we have lots of cool creamy dairy treats, and Benji's making her famous salted caramel brownies and raspberry bars, along with lots of (ahem) more healthy treats from ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2016, 7:58 AM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Celebrate our award Sunday, July 3! If you'd like to hobnob with an award-winning author (ahem) join us this Sunday for a special toast to Kelly's recent book award! That's right, Birth, Death and a Tractor was named an IndieFab Book of the Year in the nature category by Foreword Reviews!!! https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/…/birth-death-and-a-t…/ We did it!!!! Thank you so much for all your earlier enthusiasm when Kelly was selected as a finalist; the award is great of course, but your support was even more meaningful.We'll have a few copies for sale at the market, and Kelly will be happy to sign them; you can even get the hot-off-the-press award sticker ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2016, 1:59 PM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Treats of Early Summer We are officially into haying season, and Anil is busy on the tractor from dawn 'til dusk, making hay while the sun shines. We all love this time of year, and the engagement of our senses: the rumble of the tractor, the heat of the sun, and above all the rich sweet smell of the new hay, as enticing as the aroma of fresh-baked bread. Anil will be baling tomorrow, so bring your noses and your sunhat, and enjoy a walk in the back field after you get your blueberry ice tea or ice coffee at the market. Who knows, you might even get to help load a bale or two, and work off one of Benji's donuts ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2016, 2:43 PM by Kelly Roopchand
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Our farm is located on 80 acres in Somerville, Maine, a small town in the midcoast region. We are just far enough inland to still be a small town: we know the families on our road and gather over dinner to share each other’s stories. Somerville’s concerns, loudly voiced at town meetings, are in many ways the same as they were in the 1800s: the state of the road (think impass
ably muddy in spring) and animal control. We are happy to live here and become part of this small town’s story. 
Our farm, like the town, has a long history. As the present farmers, we raise dairy goats, calves, and pigs, as well as some garlic and daffodils for Fedco Seeds.