Your participation is needed to PRESERVE PATTERSON FARM AND SAVE SATTERTHWAITE HOUSE.
Lower Makefield Township supervisors have ignored hours of public comment, emails from the public and offers of help to restore the farm. They voted 4-1 to sell the Satterthwaite parcel to a buyer who intended to Commerically develop the property and deny our local farmer access to the farmland via the parcels' shared driveway.
Thankfully the Zoning Hearing Board wisely voted UNANIMOUSLY to DENY zoning variances that would have allowed Commercial development on Patterson Farm.
Community members now stand ready to embark on a restoration of the historic Satterthwaite House IF Lower Makefield Township supervisors will allow it . The house is essential to the farms' continued use for agriculture for future generations. Without a home for a farmer, and agricultural outbuildings to support the farmers' work, agricultural use of the farm may cease in the coming years.
(Above Left) The beautiful Satterthwaite farmhouse, a landmark in Bucks County.
(Below Left) The recently restored Satterthwaite Barn stands ready to support agriculture for centuries to come.
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Email us at Admin@PattersonFarm
Contact us by mail:
Patterson Farm Preservation Group
668 Stony Hill Rd, #303
Yardley PA 19067
Less than a dozen years after the death of a lifelong Bucks County farmer and hiswife, the township that condemned the beautiful farm the couple sought to preserve, has subdivided it and plans to sell off a parcel and bring development to its fertile farm fields.
Please help stop the senseless dismantling of the Patterson Farm.
Please tell Lower Makefield township supervisors and the township manager
that you SUPPORT PERMANENT FARMLAND PRESERVATION AND OPPOSE SELLING OR
DEVELOPING ANY PART OF THE FARM.
Call the township at:
Supervisor Benedetto is the only supervisor to SUPPORT the Patterson Farm Preservation effort.
Please THANK him!
I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. - George Washington.
On August 23, 1785 THOMAS JEFFERSON, our Founding Father and an avid farmer, stated to John Jay,
"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands. As long, therefore, as they can find employment in this line, I would not convert them into mariners, artisans, or anything else."
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
- Abraham Lincoln.
Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Where tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization. - Daniel Webster
I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries, as long as they are chiefly agricultural. - Thomas Jefferson
We do not inherit the land from our forefathers, we borrow it from our grandchildren. - Chief Seattle
As each of you has received a gift (a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as (befits) good trustee's of God's many sided grace. - 1 Peter 4:10
The opinions expressed within this website are my own opinions, not the opinions of my family members who are employed by Lower Makefield Township. I hope their employment is not jeopardized by my words here. I am compelled to speak out before the Patterson Farm is divided up and sold off in pieces, irreparably damaging it's future agricultural use. It is time to permanently preserve the magnificent and irreplaceable Patterson Farm. America loses nearly 2 acres of farm and ranchland per minute. A staggering loss to our nation's food security.
Email me at
Admin@pattersonfarmpreservation.com Thank you for visiting the website. Donna Doan
SAVE SATTERTHWAITE HOUSE
SAVE SATTERTHWAITE BARN.
SAVE PATTERSON FARM.
Bucks County residents paid $7.2 million to preserve the beautiful Patterson Farm. Lower Makefield township has subdivided the farm and has allowed development on our preserved farmland. Without PROPER farmland preservation our farm will be whittled away and destroyed.
WE DEMAND RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF OUR PRESERVED FARM!
Let's continue Mr. and Mrs. Patterson's legacy of agricultural excellence, and pass on something meaningful to benefit future generations.
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