About the Farm

Creating Connections
We are a licensed goat dairy and a farm education center, committed to farming in a way that enriches the human and natural communities we live in. 

Pumpkin Vine Family is a Trinidadian expression which refers to the connections that bind people together. Like pumpkin vines, which run far from their base but share a vital connection, so too our farm connects the human community to the ecosystem. 

Our mission is to nurture these connections, by providing opportunities for people to experience farm life in a variety of ways: 
  • by sharing in the fresh food that we and other local farms produce
  • by opening our farm to visitors every Sunday during our farmers market, for tours and tea or hiking and picnics
  • by offering a variety of educational activities and events for children and adults

  


We believe that farm visits 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. 



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. We are happy to live here and become part of this small town’s story. Like the town, our farm has a long history.

 We are open to the community every Sunday 11 am - 4 pm, from Memorial Day to Thanksgiving. If you are interested in visiting the farm at other times, please contact us.

Farm News

  • Dairy Magic on June 10 Come celebrate the magic of milk - and all its amazing transformations - with us on Sunday, June 10 between 11 - 3. At noon we will have a goat milking demonstration, followed by a cheese-making demo at 1 pm. Learn how to make paneer, a simple Indian style cheese, then enjoy it on the grill. At 2 we will be hand-churning some luscious jersey milk ice cream... a turn at the crank guarantees a sample :) Think you know everything there is to know about dairy? Come try some of our blind taste tests. And if you just need a snuggle, the baby goats will be happy to oblige...
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 9:36 AM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Baby Goats at Spring Fest May 27 The farm is bursting with new life, and you are invited to join us as we kick off our market season on Sunday, May 27 from 11 am – 3 pm with a celebration of spring. If you haven’t had a chance to hug a baby goat yet, we have more than enough loving energy to go around - we have 16 kids so far, and we’re only halfway through kidding! Human children can frolic as well – we have room to play and a variety of kids activities planned, including baby goat coloring pages. Grownups can stroll the grounds, tour the barn, and sample the goodness of fresh, local food. Our new farmers’ market will be bursting with the sweet ...
    Posted May 17, 2018, 12:53 PM by Kelly Roopchand
  • April 29 Livestock Guardian Dog Presentation April 29 at 2:00 PM. Guardian Animals on Farms ~ Speaking the Language Carnivores UnderstandGuardian animals ~ dogs, donkeys and llamas ~ are of great assistance to farmers who wish to coexist with carnivores. These special guardians speak the language carnivores understand: about territory and about staying safe. But for these guardians to be successful, our farmers need to learn all the important facets regarding them. Come join us! Guardian Maremma Dog seen here.
    Posted Feb 3, 2018, 4:34 PM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Yule Goat & Holiday Crafts Dec 3 & 17 Our second annual Holiday market is twice the fun, with a visit from the Yule Goat and Tomten as well as beautiful handmade crafts from our local artisans and delicious treats from the Somerville Farmers Network. In Scandinavian tradition, it is the Yule Goat who brings gifts to children, accompanied by the Tomten, a farm gnome who looks after the well-being of the animals. Here at Pumpkin Vine Farm, we are lucky to have our own special Yule Goat, and not one but two tomten who help us take care of the farm, and they will be visiting with children from 11 - 2. Special story-times with activities begin at 12 and 1, and children will have the chance ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2017, 9:19 AM by Kelly Roopchand
  • Farming with Coyotes Presentation on Nov 5 Did you know that a stable coyote population is actually your farm’s best defense against predation? Were you aware that coyotes can provide free services to your farm? Join wildlife biologist Geri Vistein on Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 pm, to learn more about the role these fascinating animals play in a farm ecosystem, and how we can keep our livestock safe while enjoying the benefits of these keystone predators. Dr. Vistein will discuss coyote ecology and behavior as well as good animal husbandry practices, including the use of guardian dog.Come one, come all! This fascinating presentation is relevant to farmers and non-farmers alike, as a coyote’s territory stretches beyond and between farms. This event ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:51 PM by Kelly Roopchand
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