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

  • Chicks for Open Farm Day! We are excited to have a new batch of chicks just in time for Sunday's statewide Open Farm Day, and the beginning of our Peepers Farm Camp. Our outreach has been extra meaningful to us this year, given the divisions in our country, and the fact that we are now officially a farm education center. We purposefully selected a mixed assortment of chicks to celebrate the beauty and strength of diversity, and I have to tell you, their fluffy multi-colored heads all snuggled together has moved even my old farmers' heart. Come see for yourself this Sunday from 10 - 4; their fluffy charm is hard to resist! And if you Really are more interested in our delicious local ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2017, 12:55 PM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Baby Goats & May Baskets to Open the Season! The Sunday Farm Stand will be re-opening over Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the season, the new crop of baby goats will be in attendance, full of their usual antics and ready for snuggles. Just for kids, we have a spring craft activity - make your own May Basket and fill it with handmade flowers. At the farm stand, we are excited to have 2 new Somerville farms offering products: asparagus & pork from Briggs Farm and eggs from Eyrie Farm. As always, you are welcome to tour the farm and enjoy the changing beauty of the land. Our fruit trees are in full bloom, and the lilacs are catching up...
    Posted May 22, 2017, 11:00 AM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Open Monday, Dec 19 from 4-7 pm for Crafts! We will be open this evening from 4-7 for those of you who couldn't drive safely yesterday. We still have all the crafts and treats, and the roads are clear, so come for some Christmas cheer!Who knows, the Yule Goat might be there!
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 11:50 AM by Kelly Roopchand
  • YES we are open at Noon! Our road was just heavily sanded, and Rte 17 is clear, so we are OPENING at NOON!Hope to see you then - drive safely : ) 
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 8:25 AM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Market delayed until Noon Due to very slippery roads, we are delaying the start of our market for one hour. If conditions don't improve, we will have to reschedule. We will keep you posted!
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 7:17 AM 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.