Elected Officials: PRESERVE THIS AMERICAN FARM! Patterson Farm has been growing food for over 330 years. Don't "ruin the farm" with subdivision and development.
  • Petitioning Rob Loughery

This petition will be delivered to:

Bucks County Commissioner
Rob Loughery
Bucks County Commissioner
Charles Martin
Bucks County Commissioner
Diane Ellis Marseglia
Lower Makefield Township Supervisor
Kristin Tyler
Lower Makefield Township Supervisor
Jeff Benedetto
Lower Makefield Township Supervisor
"Dobby" Dobson
Lower Makefield Township Supervisor
Norman "Pete" Stainthorpe
Lower Makefield Township Supervisor
Daniel McLaughlin

Elected Officials: PRESERVE THIS AMERICAN FARM! Patterson Farm has been growing food for over 330 years. Don't "ruin the farm" with subdivision and development.

    1. Petition by

      Patterson Farm Preservation Group

Patterson Farm in Bucks County, PA has been growing food crops for over 330 years, and is comprised of the finest agricultural soil types in Pennsylvania. It was founded in the late 1600's by Quaker settlers on land granted from William Penn. It is an agricultural and historic gem.

Farmers Thomas and Alice Patterson had REFUSED ALL OFFERS from developers. They wanted to preserve their farm. Lower Makefield Township officials used an Eminent Domain taking to obtain the Pattersons' beloved farm, paying the elderly landowners only a fraction of what developers had offered.

ELECTED OFFICIALS PROMISED PRESERVATION BUT HAVE NEVER DEED RESTRICTED THE MAJORITY OF PATTERSON FARM. They have engaged in demolition by neglect, allowing the condition of the farm structures to decline, while collecting income from the farm. Now they support proposed zoning changes and Commercial development that will alter Patterson Farm forever, and may lead to the end of the farms use for agriculture. Selling and re-zoning any part of this irreplaceable farm is unacceptable. Before her death, Alice Patterson expressed her fears that elected officials would "ruin the farm." Help make sure that does not happen.

Tillage of the land should continue in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations, as farmers Thomas and Alice Patterson had wished. The historic homes and barns should not be parceled off for sale or be demolished, but should be restored, as they are essential to the farms continuing use for farming. The farms' open spaces and agricultural use co-exist peacefully with neighbors, and with the native wildlife that inhabit its lush woodlands and serene wetlands. Please preserve Patterson Farm NOW!

P.S. Thank you supervisor Benedetto for having the courage to speak out in support of preservation.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. BAN DANGEROUS PRACTICES ON HISTORIC PATTERSON FARM.

      Carelessness with fire could result in catastrophic loss of life or property on Patterson Farm, the “gem” of Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA. Founded in the late 1600’s, Patterson Farm is a historically significant part of our agrarian past, and a treasure for future generations. The farm must be managed with thoughtful consideration for its safety and perpetual preservation.

      Friends of Patterson Farm Preservation, please add your voice to our request for a BAN ON ALCOHOL, OPEN FLAMES AND SMOKING ON PATTERSON FARM.

      Please send an email to “Dobby” Dobson, Chairman of the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors simply stating:

      “I SUPPORT A BAN ON ALCOHOL, OPEN FLAMES AND SMOKING ON PATTERSON FARM.”
      Please send your email TODAY to ddobson@lmt.org

      Also please cc admin@pattersonfarmpreservation.com so progress can be monitored.

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving(MADD) statistics indicate 28 people per day lose their lives to drunk driving, and every 2 minutes someone is injured by a driver who made the perilous decision to drive after consuming alcohol. Impairment begins with the first drink. Some elected officials and township staff have, in the past, turned a blind eye to alcohol consumption on Patterson Farm. This practice must stop. Carelessness with alcohol, cigarettes and fire result in loss of life and property. These are preventable losses. Please send your emails today.

      PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE!

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures
    3. Closing in on 2,500 signatures for preservation of Patterson Farm!

      The petition to preserve Patterson Farm in Bucks County, PA has gathered nearly 2,500 signatures. THANK YOU to all who have signed! Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE to help convince our elected officials that the beautiful and historic Patterson Farm should be preserved in perpetuity so its rich soil can continue to grow food crops as it has done for over 330 years. Your signature has the power to SAVE AN AMERICAN FARM for today and for future generations!

      Like us at https://www.facebook.com/PattersonFarmPreservation

    4. PATTERSON FARM PRESERVATION FACEBOOK TOPS 1,300 LIKES!

      See more pictures of Patterson Farm throughout the seasons, and stay in touch with the Patterson Farm Preservation effort at Facebook/PattersonFarmPreservation
      This week our Facebook page topped 1,300 Likes! Show your support for farm preservation by LIKING and SHARING our page posts.

      Join the Patterson Farm Preservation Meet-Up Group. You can sign on using Facebook or create a Meet-Up log-in. Join us!

      http://www.meetup.com/Patterson-Farm-Preservation/

      Patterson Farm Preservation Group, Bucks County, PA

      Morrisville, PA
      19 Preservationists

      Dedicated to the perpetual preservation of the Thomas & Alice Patterson Farm. We believe our community has the time, talent and funds available to organize a successful effort...

      Check out this Meetup Group →

      Patterson Farm Preservation Group, Bucks County, PA

      Dedicated to the perpetual preservation of the Thomas & Alice Patterson Farm. We believe our community has the time, talent and funds available to organize a successful effort to preserve and restore

    5. Quaker Forefathers overcame hardship, founded Patterson Farm.

      Honoring the indomitable faith of our Forefathers:

      An excerpt from a post on www.boltonmansion.org

      At the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting held at Burlington, New Jersey, (opposite Pennsbury on the Delaware) in 1683, Phineas Pemberton said "Remember we were a despised people, in our native land, accounted by the world scarce worth to have a name or place therein; daily liable to their spoil; under great sufferings, by long and tedious imprisonment, sometimes to the loss of life - banishment, spoil of goods, beatings, mockings, and ill treatings; so that we had not been a people at this day had not the Lord stood by us. But none of these things were done unto us because of our evil deeds, but because of the exercise of our tender consciences toward our God."

    6. March 25 - National Agriculture Day. March 23-29 PA Agriculture Week

      Today, National Ag Day, is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Governor Corbett declared March 23-29 Pennsylvania Agriculture Week!

      Sadly, as the rest of the nation celebrates the value of our farms, Bucks County, PA Commissioners have halted the progress of the application for preservation of Patterson Farm. Citizens fought for the application, please tell the Commissioners to promote it now without further delay!

      Help celebrate National Ag Day and PA Ag Week. Please sign the petition to preserve Patterson Farm! Add a comment. Let the Commissioners know that concerned citizens care about the future of food grown in here in American soil, and the future of Patterson Farm.

      Celebrate National Agriculture Day on March 25, 2014

      National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society.

    7. FEDERAL REPORT: PA LOST 100,000 ACRES OF FARMLAND IN RECENT 5 YEAR PERIOD.

      Staggering statistics were released in a recent Federal report about the rampant loss of the land that feeds us. The loss of a farm impacts the food supply throughout the entire region it serves.

      PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE the petition to preserve Patterson Farm, comprised of the MOST FERTILE FARM SOILS in Pennsylvania.

      http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/1208419/Report-says-Pa.-lost-about-4K-farm-over-5-years

      Report says Pa. lost about 4K farm over 5 years

      HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new federal report says Pennsylvania lost nearly 4,000 farms over a recent five-year period and the state's total farm acreage dropped by about 100,000. The Census of Agriculture released Thursday found Pennsylvania had just over 59,000 farms that comprised 7.7 million acres in 2012.

    8. ENCOURAGE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO SUPPORT FARM PRESERVATION EASEMENT.

      The fate of the Agricultural Lands Conservation Easement application for Patterson Farm now rests in the hands of the Bucks County, PA Commissioners. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMISSIONERS TO PROCEED WITH THE EASEMENT TO PRESERVE A PORTION OF THE IRREPLACEABLE PATTERSON FARM. The conservation easement will provide badly needed funds to help restore and preserve the landmark Patterson Farm, which is comprised of some of the FINEST agricultural soils in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The easement won't save the entire Patterson Farm from development but it is step in the RIGHT direction.

    9. WHO IS THE GRINCH WHO STOLE PRESERVATION?

      Before Christmas, the PA Farmland Preservation Board was set to vote on accepting a 101.9 acre portion of Patterson Farm into the farmland preservation program, which would have generated $917,100 in badly needed preservation funding. Shortly before the vote was scheduled to take place we received word that the application for preservation had mysteriously been WITHDRAWN, perhaps at the request of someone in Bucks County government! A source at the County Planning Commission claims to be unaware of the withdrawal. Patterson Farm is township-owned. Township Supervisors were questioned about the apparent withdrawal of the preservation application, and they claim to know nothing.

      WHAT IS THE TRUTH? AND WHO IS THE GRINCH WHO APPEARS TO HAVE STOLEN PRESERVATION FROM PATTERSON FARM? We intend to find out!

    10. Nov 6th - Township Supervisors Meeting @ 7:30 pm

      Opportunity for Public Comment. Attend and OPPOSE the costly Heritage Conservancy proposal that will likely convert PRODUCTIVE farmland to fallow land.

      SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMER! SUPPORT LOCALLY GROWN FOOD! HELP PRESERVE "SOILS OF STATEWIDE IMPORTANCE."

      Meeting location: Lower Makefield Township Municipal Building, 1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA 19067

      Please arrive promptly. Opportunity for Public Comment is at the beginning of the meeting. Tell your friends and neighbors! SPEAK UP FOR THE PROPER PRESERVATION OF THIS HISTORIC BUCKS COUNTY AGRICULTURAL GEM! Patterson Farm, growing food for over 330 years.

    11. NOV 5th Election Day! VOTE Farm Preservation!

      VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION of two Lower Makefield Township Supervisors. Farm-friendly, financially responsible leadership is needed so Patterson Farm can be properly preserved!
      Vote MOFFA / LEWIS.

    12. JOIN PATTERSON FARM PRESERVATION MEETUP GROUP.

      Join the Patterson Farm Preservation meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/Patterson-Farm-Preservation/
      For those who are willing to participate in a hands-on effort to restore Patterson Farm.

      Patterson Farm Preservation Group, Bucks County, PA

      Morrisville, PA
      18 Preservationists

      Dedicated to the perpetual preservation of the Thomas & Alice Patterson Farm. We believe our community has the time, talent and funds available to organize a successful effort...

      Next Meetup

      Patterson Farm on agenda of Lower Makefield Township Supervi...

      Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013, 7:30 PM
      1 Attending

      Check out this Meetup Group →

      Patterson Farm Preservation Group, Bucks County, PA

      Dedicated to the perpetual preservation of the Thomas & Alice Patterson Farm. We believe our community has the time, talent and funds available to organize a successful effort to preserve and restore

    13. FARMLAND PRESERVATION UPDATE, 101.9 ACRES TO BE ENROLLED.

      Recent information we've received indicates 101.9 acres of the 234 acre Patterson Farm will be enrolled in the PA Farmland Preservation program. The Farmland Preservation board will likely vote on the matter at their December meeting. This is a very important step on the path to perpetual preservation of the beautiful Patterson Farm, one of Pennsylvania's most fertile and important agricultural assets. THANK YOU for your support!

    14. Reached 2,000 signatures
    15. TWO VICTORIOUS STEPS ON THE PATH TO PRESERVATION OF PATTERSON FARM!

      The Lower Makefield Township Zoning Hearing Board UNANIMOUSLY DENIED variances that would have allowed Commercial development on the 5.14 acre Satterthwaite parcel of Patterson Farm. We thank them for their wise decision.

      Last week Lower Makefield Township Supervisors agreed to enroll about 93 acres of the Patterson Farm in the PA Farmland Preservation program, safeguarding the land from development and ensuring its continued use for agriculture in perpetuity! THE PRESERVATION OF THE 93 ACRES IS TESTIMOMY TO THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE TO DEMAND ACTION FROM THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS.

      When Lower Makefield township obtained Patterson Farm it encompassed nearly 234 acres of Pennsylvania's finest farmland. The conservation easement that will protect the 93 acres brings with it over $800,000 in state & county preservation funds that should be used to perpetually maintain the farm.

      The work for preservation goes on as we continue to DEMAND PRESERVATION FOR THE ENTIRETY OF PATTERSON FARM!

    16. Reached 2,000 signatures
    17. AUGUST 13TH - ZONING BOARD TO VOTE ON VARIANCES.

      On August 13th the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Hearing Board will decide whether to approve or deny several variances that have been requested by a potential buyer who plans to develop the Satterthwaite parcel. Attend the zoning meeting at 7:30 pm at the Lower Makefield Township Municpal Building at 1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA 19067.

      Follow us on Facebook/PattersonFarmPreservation for updates as the effort to halt the sale and preserve Patterson Farm continues.

    18. JULY 16TH ZONING HEARING CONTINUES, PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE HEARD.

      Please plan to attend the July 16th Zoning Hearing at Lower Makefield Township Municipal Building, 1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA 19067. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. Zoning Hearing Board will consider numerous variances requested by a potential buyer of the Satterthwaite parcel of Patterson Farm. EVERY AVAILABLE VOICE IS NEEDED TO OPPOSE HARMFUL ZONING CHANGES ON THE PATTERSON FARM.

      PATTERSON FARM HAS SAVED TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LEAF DISPOSAL FEES, FUEL, LABOR AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE OVER NEARLY 40 YEARS BY PROVIDING A LOCAL PLACE TO COMPOST LEAVES COLLECTED BY THE TOWNSHIPS' CURBSIDE LEAF PICKUP PROGRAM. Say NO to proposed zoning variances and Commercial development on our "PRESERVED" Patterson Farm!

    19. MILESTONE 1,500 SIGNATURES GATHERED IN SUPPORT OF PRESERVATION.

      Thank you everyone who helped us achieve 1,500 signatures for preservation. We cannot rest now. Please keep circulating the petition and spreading the word about the effort to secure permanent preservation for the Patterson Farm. Tom and Alice Patterson would be touched to know so many people care about the farm as they did. We will keep the pressure on our elected officials. Just FOUR township supervisors stand in the way of lasting preservation for the entire farm. They know we are watching and concerned! If you are in the area, please attend tonight's Zoning Hearing at 7:30 pm at the Lower Makefield Township municipal building, 1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley PA. Thank you again. Watch our Facebook/PattersonFarmPreservation for updates.

    20. Reached 1,500 signatures
    21. ZONING HEARING TUES. JUNE 18TH, LAST CHANCE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

      Please mark your calendars and plan to attend what should be the FINAL Zoning Hearing on the issue of the Satterthwaite parcel sale. EVERY available voice is needed to OPPOSE the severing of historic Satterthwaite House (c. 1760) from Patterson Farm and the granting of harmful zoning variances. Allowing a change in Zoning from Residential/Agricultural to Commercial will be very detrimental to the future of Patterson Farm as a whole. SPEAK NOW for preservation! Our government officials should NOT be selling off parcels of our historic landmark Patterson Farm nor allowing zoning changes to the farm taxpayers paid to preserve!

      PLEASE ATTEND ZONING HEARING JUNE 18TH AT 7:30 PM AT LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING,
      1100 EDGEWOOD ROAD, YARDLEY, PA 19067

      Spread the word!

      Visit www.PattersonFarmPreservation.com or Facebook/PattersonFarmPreservation for updates.

    22. A MILESTONE REACHED: 1,000 PETITIONERS SUPPORT PATTERSON FARM PRESERVATION!

      THANK YOU for your support! Please spread the message for preservation. Invite your friends and family to sign the petition.

    23. Reached 1,000 signatures
    24. ZONING HEARING APRIL 16TH. PLEASE ATTEND!

      Zoning Hearing to consider several zoning variances requested by a potential buyer of the Satterthwaite parcel on Patterson Farm.

      STOP THE SALE! ATTEND AND OPPOSE ZONING CHANGES. You need not speak in public if you don't wish to, but it is important to show up. Your presence will let township officials know you care about the future of Patterson Farm. Bring your family and friends.

      Where: Lower Makefield Township Municipal Building
      1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA 19067
      When: April 16th at 7:30pm. Plan to arrive promptly. The Satterthwaite parcel zoning issue is expected to be the only item on the agenda.

      PATTERSON FARM. OUR HERITAGE. OUR FUTURE.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Hughes KODIAK, AK
      • 3 days ago

      I lived in Yardley many years and have watched it develop into a subdivision that looks like all the rest. I now live in Alaska, I love the space. STOP crowding and UGLYING it up. Keep your word when you excepted this land so tired of officials not keeping their word. I believe they were given this land only not to destroy it,. Didn't they already sell some art inside the house they weren't suppose too?

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Beth Quindlen OXFORD, PA
      • 3 days ago

      To Preserve our land. Once it's developed we can't go backwards. We have to make a stand for our future!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Marjorie remmey NEWTOWN, PA
      • 3 days ago

      you should respect the intentions of the owners when you took(stole) their property

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Carol pester RICHMOND, TX
      • 3 days ago

      I have lived in PA until last month. Preserving historic landmark is better for the environment and the community! History gone means bad future in my opinion. Please keep the Farm!!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Donna Drumel LANGHORNE, PA
      • 4 days ago

      For my children's children.........

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.