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 our 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.
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.