Support the New Hampshire Farm Museum Today!
There are many ways to help the New Hampshire Farm Museum continue its mission to preserve New Hampshire's agricultural roots and celebrate the contemporary relevance of the states agricultural present. Simply becoming a member helps with our day-to-day operating expenses. If you have an agricultural topic near and dear to you, we probably have a program that you would like to support! Perhaps you have an agricultural or home-related artifact that would fit into the collection at our museum—call us, we’d love to talk with you about it. Unrestricted funds help our daily operations so monetary donations of any size-ten dollars to ten thousand dollars--are large to us!
And especially check out our Roof Fund under "Appeals" in the Join/Support section of our web site. The Farm Museum has been fortunate to receive an LCHIP grant for reroofing the Jones Farm structure--EVERY DOLLAR YOU CONTRIBUTE IS MATCHED. By donating to the Roof Fund you will stretch your contribution to the max!
Here is more information on the many ways to support YOUR New Hampshire Farm Museum.
Membership to the New Hampshire Farm Museum provides you:
- free admission to the museum for you and your family, depending on the level at which you join (see below for membership categories)
- free admission to special events throughout the year, except where noted (click on Events Calendar)
- 10% discount in our Country Store on all non-food products
- our newsletter, mailed three times a year
General Public Membership levels
$30 Couples (two adults at same address)
$45 Family (two adults and their children)
$100 Supporting Member
Corporate/Organization Membership Levels
$75 Library (a free pass for your patrons, with the same benefits as outlined above)
$250 Business Member
Farm Museum memberships make great gifts for any occasion!
We welcome sponsorship of our special events and children’s programming. Some examples would be
- funding for the materials needed for our weeklong summer camps
- funding for materials for hands-on activities for Children’s Days
- financial donation to pay for hayrides at one of our events
- general sponsorship of the Great New Hampshire Pie Festival
Since our events are all so different, the sponsorship opportunities are different as well. Please contact us for information on getting listed in marketing and publicity about a special event, the event program, and other benefits of sponsorship.
Thank you in advance!
The Roof Fund
Every dollar you give is matched in this special 2010 giving opportunity.
The Jones Farm complex desperately needs a new roof! We need to raise $50,000 to do the 275-foot connected structure. Every dollar you give will be matched by New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). So give to The Roof Fund!
The Annual Appeal
Your gift to the annual appeal can be made at anytime of year and supports the yearly operation of the museum. We rely on the annual appeal for approximately one third of our operating funds.
The Animal Fund
Adopt a Farm Animal! A gift to the animal fund goes directly toward the annual feed, hay, and veterinary costs to keep our farm animals happy and healthy. All donors are invited to our annual farm animal Spring Tea and Tour (more detailed information can be found in the Join/Support section).
Give to the endowment and/or in memory or honor of a beloved family member. Gifts to the endowment are an investment in the museum's future as they fund the museum in perpetuity. The interest from endowment funds supports the museum operation on a yearly basis; half of the interest is reinvested every year to grow the fund.
Make a memorial gift or gift in honor of a special person. These gifts, unless otherwise instructed, go directly into our Endowment funds which support the museum in perpetuity. We have endowment funds for education and school and youth programming as well as endowment funds to support the collections and historic buildings.
If you are interested in talking about giving opportunities, please call Kathleen Shea at 603-652-7840.
Volunteers are always welcome! We have opportunities in the following areas:
- Work Days: The Farm Museum schedules Volunteer Work Days in the spring and fall to help us tidy up the museum buildings and grounds before we open for the season and before we close for the winter. Specific dates are announced in our newsletter and on our voice mail. Work days are held rain or shine as we have plenty of indoor and outdoor projects! Be sure to wear work clothes, comfortable and closed-toed shoes, gloves, and long sleeves.
- Special Events: Our special event days take a lot of staff to keep things running smoothly. If you would like to have a fun day at one of the special events (click on the Events Calendar button), call us and we will find a job for you! Opportunities range from do barn tours, talking with visitors to the pole barn and cider mill exhibits, serving ice cream or other treats, taking memberships, helping churn butter with kids—the list is endless!
- Animal care: Volunteers help keep the chicken coop clean, the rabbit hutches clean, help bring in hay for the winter.
- Gardening, grounds care, and trail work: Weed the herb and vegetable gardens, help prepare beds in the restoration garden project, rake the areas around the buildings, move brush, keep trails. This important work keeps our museum looking great!
- Other projects: We have an ongoing list of other projects that might be of interest to a volunteer
Please contact us at 603-652-7840 or email@example.com and we will talk with you about how to match your interests and our needs.
Adopt a Farm Animal
One of the highlights of a visit to the New Hampshire Farm Museum for children and adults alike is a farm animal tour. Now, we invite you to “adopt” a farm animal, providing critical financial help with food, bedding, and veterinary care.
Click on The Farm Animals button to find out more about the animals we currently have here at the Farm Museum. As we add to our livestock program, with an emphasis on heritage breeds that were common in early New England farming, we will introduce them to you and add them to our adoption program.
Adopt one sheep at $20/month; $240/year
Adopt the flock! $100/month; $1200/year
Adopt one goat at $15/month; $180/year
Adopt the herd! $60/month; $720/year
Adopt one pig at $25/month; $300/year
Adopt the pair! $50/month; $600/year
Adopt a chicken at $5/month; $60/year
Adopt the flock! (around 2 dozen chickens) $120/month; $1440/year
Adopt the barn cat at $20/month; $240/year
ALL ADOPTERS GET AN INFORMATIONAL FLYER ABOUT THEIR ADOPTED ANIMAL AND ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL INVITATION-ONLY FARM ANIMAL TOUR AND TEA EACH SPRING!
Donate to the Collection
We are always interested in learning about items you have that might make great additions to our collection. Please contact curator Kathleen Shea at 603-652-7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may have things in the back of your closet or garage that are just what the Farm Museum needs! Members can check our newsletter too for a more comprehensive wish list but here are a couple ideas:
Kid-sized Snowshoes: Are the snowshoes that your kids have outgrown hanging in the garage? Donate them to the Farm Museum so kids can come for special snowshoeing hikes on our woods trails.
Wagons: The grounds of the Farm Museum are spread out. Wagons to help parents tote kids around are much needed and welcomed!