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 present and 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 supervisors Benedetto and Smith for having the courage to speak out in support of preservation.