THE RECOVERY FARM ? What's that about ??
Well, People need recovery in many areas. It could be from addiction, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, emotional & physical trauma, fear, a bad situation or even just a bad day ... So Yes:
- Individuals Need Recovery ... As Well, Our
- Communities Needs Recovery ... Certainly
- Culture Needs Recovery ... And we All Know that
- The Planet Needs Recovery
So by practice and demonstration The Recovery Farm will plow ground(some new) in these areas to cultivate regenerative community .
The real jewel of this project is “focus on the individual”, because that’s where it all starts.
A 24-7 Community Assistance/Support Hub (CASH) fills one of the largest gaps we see. A walk-in location, with doors always open is near unheard of. Peoples’ troubles often fall outside the "hours of operation" schedule of most human services. Sometimes we just need a quiet place to go, someone to talk to or someone to pray with. So yes, sometimes stimulating recovery can be as simple as a place of retreat, an open ear, an arm around a shoulder or some simple information or suggestion. And sometimes it takes knowledge, networks and persistence. This kind of 24-7 CASH is priceless !!
But we have an obstacle to moving forward, It’s $210,000
IF THIS NEED IS NOT MET ... RickeyFarm Will Be Sold !!
The $210,000 will purchase one of the three properties outright and cancel our contract obligation to sell the main farm tract.
- Donations ..... (IRS Tax-Deductable)
- Bridge loan
We have a simple, solid, lucrative Business Plan that will return over one million dollars in the next 3 years with very limited start-up costs. It’s a Memorial Orchard and we can commence selling spaces as soon as we are out of that contract obligation.
Please request additional info by emailing RickeyFarm@gmail.com
The Rickey family has stewarded this land and sowed into the community for 248 years and seven generations. Marilyn & Jamie Rickey, mother and son, have pledged their $400,000.00 of equity in the properties to RickeyFarm Ministries in order to benefit the community at large forever !! ...
ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BE USED TO FACILITATE PLACING THESE PRECIOUS PROPERTIES IN NON-PROFIT OWNERSHIP/OPERATION !! ... You can choose a "One-Time Donation" And/or "Monthly Support" ....ALL DONATIONS ARE IRS TAX DEDUCTIBLE !!
THE VISION; WHAT WE ARE CREATING:
RickeyFarm is being transformed into a highly productive regenerative farm with a substance-free events venue, campground dedicated to providing workshops, conferences, programs etc. geared toward recovery.
The assistance at the 24-7 Community Assistance/Support Hub (CASH) begins in a loving, casual, non-judgmental atmosphere with a peer to peer coach. The coach’s first act of service will be to gain an assessment of the need(s). Then based on the needs of each individual case, a wellness plan will evolve prioritized by "foundational needs first". This type of holistic approach is certainly a preventative force as much as an issue solving one. Sharing knowledge and providing connection to resources will be done “Free Of Charge”. Resources in our definition include the basics like clean air, clean water, good food, shelter, clothing, spiritual support and general information. As well it includes further services and programs in areas such as coaching, peer-run support, recreation, skill-based educational programs, development and recovery programs for all ages, medical treatment referrals and much, much more. In case You’re wondering, we certainly won’t be providing all these services in-house. We know that farming/horticulture is therapeutic and provides a great healing atmosphere to develop programs in and around, but we could never fill all the needs. We are a hub, a connection point and connector. And we put emphasis on the connecting and know that if we share the load, we can carry the weight.
From the coaching perspective, the goal is to assess needs, assist in creating a wellness plan and remove obstacles. Too often obstacles keep those who are seeking help from actually getting it. This happens many times even after the needed assistance has been identified, qualified and reserved.
Common obstacles are:
-Lack of correct, updated information
-Lack of transportation
-Lack of temporary/crisis housing
-Lack of a safe environment
and the list goes on and on
We are creating a place where needs are assessed and then met in a loving, compassionate and priority manner. Community volunteers can help provide many of these services and fulfill their desire to make a difference. There are many out there waiting for someone to show them how they can help.
Regenerative Agriculture is a term that’s being used much more often recently. To us it means the merging of organic farming and permaculture to directly target the recovery of the land. The earth just like our bodies has a built in self-healing property. But we know that our practices can assist or prevent that healing from taking place. RickeyFarm is committed to maximizing agricultural production of food and medicinal plants in a regenerative way. Our produce will certainly be marketed both fresh and prepared through our Farm Market/Deli/Café’, vended at events, form some type of CSA/Food Co-op. But one of the gaps we look most forward to filling is those who cannot afford this higher quality, higher priced food. Those who are financially challenged are more likely to avoid the organic section in their local store and may not even have an organic selection available due to their locality. RickeyFarm will provide healthy produce to those who otherwise would have restricted access and/or barriers to it by instituting a “Good Clean Food Sponsorship Program”. Just another way of "People helping People".
"Click Here" to watch our Overview Video. It's a little dated, but fills in some gaps.
MISSION: To develop and fulfill the above vision while encouraging and helping to replicate this critically needed service, "The 24/7 Community Assistance & Support Hub”, in other locations. It will be developed as a reproducible model to follow and implement in almost any setting. We will create a model to cultivate regenerative communities everywhere. We Believe, "Everyone should have such a place within an hour's drive."
WHAT WE HAVE: A 7th generation 75-acre family farm located in the gorgeous, Vermont-like, Vernon Valley in Vernon, NJ. Improvements on the properties include:
* 67 Acre Main Farm Tract with:
- Our 6,000 sq. ft. former dairy barn that has received zoning approval to become
1) A 3,000 sq. ft. headquarters for our non-profit on the second floor.
2) A 3,000 sq. ft. Market/Deli/Café on the first floor.(Note: Each floor has ground level access on opposite sides of the building.)
- The Carriage House, a 1,500 sq. ft. storefront.
Two integral large-lot residences:
* 1) Three bedroom ranch w/full basement on 2.5 acres
* 2) Historic Homestead, four bedroom center hall colonial on 5.0 acres.
WHAT MAKES RICKEYFARM SPECIAL:
Among the many thing that make RickeyFarm special are natural beauty and its location. This section of Route 94 is part of the newly designated “NJ Western Highlands Scenic Byway” and has been a trade route since before the founding of this country as part of the “Kings Highway System” (the King of England that was). RickeyFarm is also located at the intersection of Route 94 and the Appalachian Trail (The AT is a linear National Park that goes from Georgia to Maine.). This high use section of the AT has a challenging climb that includes stone steps, nicknamed “The Stairway to Heaven”, leading up to the “Amazing” view from atop Wawayanda Mountain. From this spot, “Pinwheel Vista”, parts of the Appalachian Mountain Range in three states can be seen as well as the Catskill Mountains and even the Adirondack Mts. on a very clear day with RickeyFarm on display directly below. So RickeyFarm is at the base of “The Stairway to Heaven”. To our north is Historic Warwick NY with its shopping/dining district and surrounding Agri-Tourism that people travel well over an hour to visit. To our south is the Mountain Creek Ski Area and Waterpark, Minerals Resort, Crystal Springs Resort, Great Gorge and the rest of the highly regarded “Golf Course Mecca”. All this is within a 15 minute drive from RickeyFarm.
Help us fulfill RickeyFarm Ministries' vision and mission, This well focused effort is now titled "The Recovery Farm Project"... Donate Today !! "We All Need Recovery from something"-jamie rickey