Farm News


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.

Yule Goat & Holiday Crafts Dec 3 & 17

posted Nov 25, 2017, 9:19 AM by Kelly Roopchand

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 to make a special treat for their animals at home. 
After you visit the barn, browse the market for some extra special holiday gifts, from earrings and chains by Ms Alice's Designs to nature photography by David Rafuse, hand spun woolen mittens and sweaters by Janet Percival, Black Locust's cashmere goat yarn and pelts, nature decorations from Great Gardens, truffles and goat milk lotion from Farmer in the Dell, teas and salves from Ridge Pond Herbals, and hand-turned wooden bowls by Frank Tichy. On the edible treat side, you can't go wrong with our cajeta (caramel sauce) or Briggs Farm's honey or pork. And everything tastes better when it it graced by Sand Hill's organic veggies!
If it gets a little crowded inside the market, step out by the fire and have a mug of hot chocolate (on us) while you admire our special wild-crafted wreaths - we have sizes and styles to suit every home. 



Farming with Coyotes Presentation on Nov 5

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:51 PM by Kelly Roopchand

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 is free and and open to the public.
Please RSVP if possible so we can get a count on chairs.

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