HURRY…Touchstone Farm & NH Gives on June 10th-12th!

Visit the Touchstone Farm page at NH Gives to make your donation count!                                  2018-nh-gives-cover-image_800x600

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Help Touchstone Farm reach new heights and visibility across the State of NH!

LIKE  us on Facebook, share our NH Gives page with your family & friends, and make sure we are selected as one of your favorites!  Be sure to give and do what you can this June 10th – 12th!

Your generous donation will help us to replenish our Financial Assistance towards our evidence-based Equine Therapeutic programs for both our Veterans and their family members as well as local Middle School programs.  Each of these programs help children and adults impacted by the tragedy of war, the loss of a parent, violence, or sexual abuse.

With Touchstone Farm Your Donation Truly Helps To Improve Our Community!:

  • Rebuild Trust & Connection with Others
  • Learn Leadership Skills
  • Build Core Strength and Balance
  • Embrace Resiliency & Develop Empathy
  • Improved Attention and Performance in the Classroom or at Work

Our goal is for each participant to become productive members of our community despite their tragic past!

Touchstone Farm Receives 2019 Nonprofit of the Year Award at Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce!

Touchstone Farm receives the prestigious nonprofit of the year award from the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commercesvcc-logo-color-smtheir 31st annual banquet held at the event center at Hampshire Hills on June 5.

The chamber represents the towns of Amherst, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mason, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Ipswich, Temple and Wilton.

Touchstone Farm was honored for the significant impact they have had on this community with their vital equine therapeutic programs for both veterans and their family members and local at-risk children middle school children. Hats off for the great work being done at Touchstone Farm!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Announcing 2019 Mother/Daughter Weekends!

Mark Your Calendars for our 2019 Mother Daughter Weekends…

November 1st-3rd, 2019

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December 13th – 15th, 2019

A December tradition at Touchstone Farm – take time to celebrate and enrich the wonderful bond between mothers, daughters and grandmothers, too!

Come savor the fun and beauty that New England has to offer at this time of year.  We have onsite lodging at the Stepping Stone Lodge and offer delicious meals prepared in the lodge kitchen.  This special weekend also makes an unforgettable holiday gift for someone you love!

Activities:

  • Horseback riding, carriage driving, and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback!)
  • Visiting our mini horses and donkey and our other small animals
  • Sitting in front of the Lodge fire, chatting, and playing games (Pony-opoly, anyone?)
  • Bonfire with songs and s’mores
  • A trip to scenic Wilton Falls
  • Pamper yourself with a professional massage (Additional Fee Required)
  • Hikes in some of NH’s most beautiful scenery

CLICK HERE for REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE to PAY NOW

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Thank You to All Who Participated In Our 1st EVER Derby Winner’s Circle Online Auction. It was a HUGE Success!!!

We are off and running getting ready for our 1st EVER Kentucky Derby

“Winners Circle” Online Auction! 

Join Us ONLINE May 1st – May 15th, 2019  for exciting bidding

wars, great auction items and ALL to help those in critical need at Touchstone Farm!

CLICK HERE To Visit The Winners Circle Online Auction!

Have any great items you wish to donate?  Here is what we are needing…

  • Week long or weekend stay at ski, beach or lake house
  • Gift Baskets filled with great themes such as dinner for two, massage and spa,
  • Sporting or theater event tickets, RedSox and Patriots are always a HIT!
  • Gift Certificates at your favorite restuarant, nationally branded stores or gas are a fantastic item!

For questions and donations: Contact Michelle Lowe at (603) 654-6308 x111

or EMail:  office@touchstone-farm.org

Join Us at LaBelle Winery To Watch the Kentucky Derby May 4th, 5:00 – 9:00pm

eventphotofull_kentucky-derby-final-flier-2019_ Come On Out to LaBelle Winery to Help Support Touchstone Farm!

Hosted by our friends at the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce!!

  • LIVE Stream Viewing of the Derby
  • Mint Juleps & Bourbon Tasting
  • Best Hats & Bow Ties Contest
  • Tons of Raffle Items
  • A Photo Booth
  • Derby themed Cuisine

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Autism Awareness & Touchstone Farm! – Monadnock Ledger 4/3/2019

Check It Out!  Touchstone Farm is featured in the April 3rd, 2019 Monadnock Ledger article about Autism Awareness!

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE!

 

It’s BACK!! Feb 26th, The Waterhouse Benefit for Touchstone Farm!

2019-waterhouse-nonprofit-tue-specials10% of all revenue for the day will be donated to Touchstone Farm! 

Visit with us and have a fantastic fun time from 4:30-6:30 !!!

Proudly, Touchstone Farm is the highlighted local non-profit for February 26th!!  You and your friends may join us for either or both!  We would love to see you and let you know what the farm has been up to.

  •  Happy Hour from 4:00-6:00pm with great raffle prizes and fun socializing with friends
  • Small Plate Specials!
  • OR a nice lunch/dinner helps Touchstone Farm too!

The Waterhouse community program “GIVING TUESDAYS” is every Tuesday in February and we are so thankful for this opportunity!   https://www.waterhousenh.com/events

Location:  Depot Square Downtown Peterborough NH

Feb 13th, The Woodbound Inn Buffet To Benefit Touchstone Farm!

Join us Wednesday night at the Woodbound Inn for an enjoyable buffet style meal to benefit Touchstone Farm!  A traditional New England style, stick-to-your ribs meal in a wonderful setting.  We sure hope to see you there!

 

Location:  547 Woodbound Rd  Rindge NH 03461

Welcome Christi! Touchstone Farm in Temple gets new leadership

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Touchstone Farm founder Isabella “Boo” Martin and the farm’s new Executive Director Christi Friedrichs discuss the future of the farm.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:24PM

Touchstone Farm in Temple is under new executive directorship, after founder Isabella Martin retired and officially handed over the reins earlier this month.

Martin – known universally and affectionately as “Boo” – ran her first horse camp as a young woman, trying to pay for her college tuition after her parents lost their savings in the 1970s market crash.

“I gathered my two best friends, eight girls and decided to run a summer camp. None of the three of us had ever taught a riding lesson, and none of us had ever babysat,” Martin said.

From those auspicious beginnings bloomed what would become Touchstone Farm, the sprawling farm where lessons and camp combine with therapy programs and retreats, a program of wellness Martin has administered for decades, including after the farm became a nonprofit.

It was not her initial plan, Martin said.

“I was going to be a school teacher. I wasn’t going to be involved in this horse thing,” Martin said.

But teaching jobs were scarce, and there were a lot of mothers interested in riding lessons for their daughters. Riding lessons expanded into carriage driving lessons and camp, and before she knew it, she’d devoted her life to the farm.

Now, she said, it’s time for her to step back and take on a different role. In order to do that, however, a successor had to be found.

Touchstone Farm is now run by a board, with Martin as the executive director.

Martin said she wasn’t very involved with the selection process for her successor Christi Friedrichs – except in the key way that Martin encouraged her to apply for the position.

Friedrichs, who was officially hired as the farm’s new executive director on July 2, had been a member of the board for a year, after becoming friends with another board member and bonding over a shared love of horses.

“I found her to be a positive, upbeat, organized person. I felt she would be a strong leader,” Martin said.

Friedrichs had the strength to hold to her vision in front of a large board of directors, the poise to be able to communicate to investors and partners on a national level, but wouldn’t be afraid to get down to a camper’s level and give her a hug if she was homesick, Martin said – a rare and winning combination.

Friedrichs has 20 years of experience in consulting in business development and has a strong background in fundraising. But she said she was ready for a change of pace, and to take up something different.

“The primary focus of my career to this point has been profit, and at this point in my life, I want to do something more meaningful,” she said. “While working with the board, and Boo, the overriding thing that impressed me was the pure intentions. Towards the farm, staff and each other. Everyone has a love for the farm, a love for Boo, and for what happens here, and that’s what makes a place that really does transform lives.”

Martin said she had reached a point where she was ready to give up the leadership of the farm, though she still plans to stay involved in a capacity as a founder and “spirit keeper.” But she’s prepared to step back and allow the next steps for the farm under Friedrichs’ leadership.

Friedrichs will be undertaking some projects to put the farm on a more sustainable financial footing, including looking at setting up an endowment model, and administering a capital campaign to purchase the farm from Martin, instead of continuing to rent it.

Once the farm legally belongs to the Touchstone Farm nonprofit, those rental funds will be able to go back into expanding programs, Friedrichs said.

Friedrichs also hopes to expand Touchstone Farm’s reach. While the farm is well-known locally and regionally, Friedrichs said she will continue efforts to make Touchstone more well-known nationally as some of its programs – such as therapy programs for veterans – continue to grow.