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Page 12--JOURNAL OPINION--September 7, 2016 (continued from page 1)parts rescue and education, and to holding a tour, and details can be and philosophies are. Tomten also have a greater connection with the found on the farm s Facebook page. holds educational workdays for the for bid, but the larger ones go surrounding community. Once her Tomten has started accepting volun- volunteers, where they are taught as through as many as 5,000 per day. house in Massachusetts sells, she teers, and Vickery said the tour is a they are working. Most of the, animals are bred for plans to purchase a barn which will goodplacetogetafeelforwhothey Email.' meat, and it s rareto see aprivate enable them to offer additional are and what their general practices buyer in attendance, Vickery said. educational opportunities. Private buyers are more common at The name Tomten comes from a horse auctions. Swedish poem "The Tomten" by Vickery said Tomten sets stan- Viktor Rydberg. According to dards forthe animals they chooseto legend, the Tomte, a gnome-like rescue. They only bid on animals creature, comes out only at night to who are guaranteed to be going to check on each of the animals and slaughter and those being bid on finishes his rounds by checking on only by a broker, dealer or kill the farmer. buyer. If it looks like a horse has a "I thought that tied in really well chance of getting into a goodhome, to protecting animals in need," Jennifer Vickery poses for a photo with Pippilottaspotslongstocking, Tomten will stop bidding. Vickery said. an Appaloosa gelding spending its days at Tomten Farm in Haverhill. They also assess the animal's Tomten has two rescue donkeys, oo PHOTO BY MARIANNE FARR demeanor and choose only those Figaro Brayburn and Beatrice whotheythinkwill interact success- Braymore, who act as guardians for fully with the others already on the the sheep and goats. Tomten has farm. several Muscovy ducks who pant "We're very aware of the instead ofquack and are the second existing community," Vickery ex- most popular meat ducks in America. plained. They also try to rescue two The farm's pigs came from a animals at a time, in an effort to commercial pig breeder who raises ensure that each animal has a"pal," thousands of pigs. Vickery de- and they make sure to have more scribed him as good farmer, and said than one of each animal species, he let her take her time picking out This, she said, makes the animals the piglets. When the piglets were happier, and increases their quality taken out, all of the sows inthe barn of life. screamed in solidarity with the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary piglets' mother. It was this moment officially became a 501(c)(3) that led Vickery to make the choice organization the same week that tobecome avegetarian. they moved to Haverhill. The In 2013, they rescued a Shetland organization is run by a five- pony, Annabella, and in 2014, goats member board, and Vickery said Nana and Lala LaMancha were eachmember comes from a slightly rescued. Also in 2014, Tomten different background. Having a saved Pippilottaspotslongstocking, variety of opinions helps to plan for an Appaloosa gelding. Pippi is one Gideon was a late calf and headed for slaughter before Tomten Farm the future, she explained,of 10 horses at the farm. and Sancturay took him in with the help of a local farm and its In addition, Vickery said she has Sometimes things happen in a supporters, acouple of volunteers who are very way that seems like kismet at JO PHOTO BY MARIANNE FARR involved along with an intern from Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. AI- the University ofNewHampshire though they were planning on who has been a part of the rescuing twocowsinthespringof organization since the beginning. 2017, a chance meeting with alocal and Willy (right) Lindner perform in Groton on Saturday One board member comes up every farmer in a store led to a calf named evening as part of the Sleeping Sentinel concert, Banjo Dan Lindner's S11 weekend from Massachusetts to Gideon coming to live on the farm. latest recording salutes Groton private William Scott who was famously O,. ,~~At.,~~'~~~ [ ~' " sentenced to death after falling asleep while on guard duty in look after the farm while Vickery is The farmer told her that this calf Washington, D.C. President Abraham Lincoln would go onto commute in Boston where she works as a dog came late and he hadn't yet taken it the sentence. Scott eventually died in battle. trainer, and they all come up for the to auction. It was a calf that Vickery variety of events and programs that had seen two weeks earlier. When oo PHOTO BY CARLA JOHNSON I [ take place on the farm. she put it out to the farm's d "We'reluckytohaveagoodcore supporters, they were able to raise [ group," Vickery said. enough money for a shed for irn For now, the farm is primarily a Gideon. Next spring, the farm will rescue and sanctuary organization, rescue another cow to join Gideon. with programs designed to educate This is just a sampling of the and involve the community, but many animals that Tomten has OPEN DAILY 9 AM-6 PM www.4cornersfa .com Vickery said the goalis to be equal rescued. On Sept. 11, Tomten is Complete Diagnostics Equipment - Fluid Film Vehicle Undercoating . 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