Farm News


Yule Goat Celebration & Crafts Dec 16

posted Dec 11, 2018, 7:08 AM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 7:08 AM ]

Join us for our third annual Yule Goat celebration and holiday craft market on December 16, from 11 -3. In Scandinavian tradition, the Yule Goat brings presents to children at Christmas, accompanied by the Tomten, a farm gnome who looks after the well-being of the animals. Our very own Yule Goat and Tomten will be visiting with children in the barn, with stories, crafts, and a special Christmas hike to decorate our wild bird tree. Browse the local crafts and farm-fresh treats at the farm’s holiday market between 11 – 2. Bring your walking boots (and a sled if it’s snowy) to enjoy the beauty of the farm’s hills and fields in winter; we’ll have a fire and a wassail bowl to warm you inside and out!

Holiday Craft Market December 2

posted Nov 25, 2018, 6:43 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Need some truly special gifts this year? There's nothing like handmade, and we have assembled some amazing local artisans at our Third Annual Holiday Craft Fair on December 2. New this year: an array of adorable felted friends, from tiny gnomes like these to much larger mermaids and dragons. We are excited to once again showcase the hand-dyed, hand-spun, and hand-knit creations of Janet Percival, the most beautiful and durable woolens I've ever worn. There's lots to discover: hand-turned wooden bowls, jewelry, photography, cloth gift / market bags, wild-crafted decorations, and more. Join us during our regular Farmers Market hours, between 11-2. 

Leaf-Peeping with Goats Oct 7 & 14

posted Oct 6, 2018, 5:14 AM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 5:14 AM ]

We are pleased to be offering hikes with goats this fall, as part of Open Creamery Day on Oct 7 and our Harvest Festival on Oct 14. Our fields and hillsides are radiantly beautiful with fall colors, and the company of kids (2 and 4 footed) will put an extra spring in your step. Come enjoy the glory of fall!

Open Creamery Day!

posted Oct 5, 2018, 8:02 AM by Kelly Roopchand

It has been a landmark year for us in the creamery, and we are excited to show our friends, old and new, how we have grown. We will be introducing our new line of hard cheeses, and visitors can peek into the aging room that makes it all possible. We've also added a 100 gallon vat and a milking machine, as well as doubled our herd size! Best of all, you can take a hike among the beautiful fall foliage to see our innovative solar-powered pasture palace, and enjoy the company of our juvenile goats as hiking companions. Leaf-peeping with goats, anyone? 

Biodiversity Program Cancelled

posted Sep 28, 2018, 1:34 PM by Kelly Roopchand

CANCELLED -
WHOLE FARM BIODIVERSITY: CO-EXISTING with CARNIVORES
Sat, Sep 29 from 1-4 pm
This program was scheduled for tomorrow, Sat, Sep 29 at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville. We are very sorry but after much deliberation, this program was cancelled due to low registration and will be rescheduled for Spring 2019.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH FOLKS YOU KNOW WHO MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT ATTENDING.
Our sincerest apologies,
Knox-Lincoln SWCD, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, Maine Forest Service, Coyote Center for Carnivore Ecology and First Light Wildlife Habitats

Whole Farm Biodiversity - Sept 29 1- 4

posted Sep 20, 2018, 11:44 AM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 11:45 AM ]

Join farmers, foresters, and wildlife professionals for a special FREE presentation on Whole Farm Biodiversity: Co-existing with Carnivore son Saturday, September 29 from 1-4. As farmers, we are very aware of our responsibility to protect our soil, our water, and our livestock. However, like most small farms, our land also provides a perfect habitat for wildlife. Our fields and brushy edges are the perfect nursery for a new generation of bobolinks and bees, and our land nurtures not only kid goats, but Canada goslings and coyote kits. A healthy eco-system needs some predators, and we, as stewards, can fulfill our duty as caretakers of both domestic AND wild species through informed management practices. FMI, directions and how to register for this free program, contact hildy@knox-lincoln.org, 596-2040 or www.knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer

Co-sponsored by Knox-Lincoln SWCD, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Midcoast Farmers Alliance. 

Fiddlin' in the field Concert & Contra dance July 28

posted Jul 26, 2018, 12:29 PM by Kelly Roopchand

Join us this Saturday for a truly magical evening! Sassafrass Stomp will be playing their sweet folk music starting at 6 pm, and John McIntire will be calling the contra dance. Start the evening with a wagon ride to the tent in the field, then pick up some coconut curry or homemade ice cream from local chef Yuki Goseki. Find a seat to enjoy the music and watch the sun darkening the hills, or join a line and get swept up into the dance. Kids can play in the fields alongside the tent, as lanterns are lit at dark. Hope you can join us for an evening of live music and community dance, as we celebrate the beauty of the land. 

Dairy Magic on June 10

posted Jun 1, 2018, 9:36 AM by Kelly Roopchand

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...

Baby Goats at Spring Fest May 27

posted May 17, 2018, 12:50 PM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated May 17, 2018, 12:53 PM ]

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 flavors of spring: we now have seven farmers contributing to our Sunday market, with everything from Somerville’s own maple syrup to pork, honey, organic veggies, seedlings, baked goods, flowers, and both cow and goat dairy products. As always, we offer free tea and coffee, with great views and good conversation guaranteed!

April 29 Livestock Guardian Dog Presentation

posted Feb 3, 2018, 4:34 PM by Kelly Roopchand

April 29 at 2:00 PM. Guardian Animals on Farms ~ Speaking the Language Carnivores Understand
Guardian 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.

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