Lovepatch Farms, located in Northern California, is a small miniature horse ranch which provides "hands-on" tours and educational presentations for all ages and abilities. Lovepatch Farms, our home of 30 years, is in very real danger of being lost to the community forever because of an eviction scheduled for August 20, 2012.
We are particularly distressed because we believe that our world needs more facilities like Lovepatch that regularly host groups of seniors, residents of assisted living facilities, the developmentally disabled, early Alzheimer patients, autistic children, kids at risk, school groups and families. Most visitors come to our ranch not knowing quite what to expect, but after their visit with us, they leave with a smile on their faces and in their hearts. Our little horses are kind, gentle, and totally unconditional in their love. To see them in action view Lovepatch Farms’ video on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWJ4QbuFDEE
We have been featured on several San Francisco Bay Area stations: KTVU Channel 2, local CBS Channel 5, KGO Radio, the New York Times affiliates: The Press Democrat, Argus Courier and The Community Voice. HuffPostLIVE just did a great segment on Lovepatch & the Foreclosure Crisis.
Please help us buy our farm back. When we had to short sale our farm to local family corporation (Marin Land Development) they promised us that their purchase of Lovepatch Farms would be a long term investment. However, the corporation and family members that now own our farm have reneged on their many promises to us and are forcing us and our miniature horses to vacate our home UNLESS we purchase back our property for $500,000. We need to pay the $500,000 on or before August 20th. Of course, we are continuing to actively seek “angel investors” who share our vision of continuing to serve and provide good works to our community.
Even worse, if we fail to purchase back our home and property, any forced move will in effect render us not only homeless, but destitute. All our income streams will be cut. We will not only be homeless but we will lose income from the boarders who stable their horses with us. We will not be able to continue our “tours” which provide income and allow us to feed our horses. Nor will we be able to operate our little on-site gift shop where we sell our handcrafted goods. The interesting fact is that many of the little horses we now own were originally purchased from the very family that now intends to make us all homeless. Their plan for our farm is to turn it into a medical marijuana grow facility much to the objection of our neighbors.
As the eviction date draws closer, we continue searching desperately for a property where we could relocate with the horses. Thus far nothing we have seen or can aford will allow us to continue our tours and service to our community
It is very difficult to understand that the family who also owns the Habor Point Swim & Tennis Club and also runs the Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, whose Mission Statement reads“The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation also provides funding for organizations increasing the quality of life for Bay Area children through education, health care and social enrichment programs,”is treating Lovepatch Farms in the manner described.
Even stranger is the fact that The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation has published a bright orange link in the Latest News section of their home page which solicits local area non-profits to apply for 2012/2013 grant support.
We truly believe that if personal integrity, honesty, morality and compassion triumph we will be able to save our farms and continue to provide our good works to our visitors and community at large.
Thank you for help and support. If you would like to donate to our cause, we have created a donation link on our website's Fans & Donors page. Click to view: http://www.lovepatchfarms.com/html/fans.html
Lee Romero & Cory Vandergeld
And Our "Little Ones"