Thorpe’s First Nation Organic Family Farm is one of the few Native American owned farms in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania (US) where General George Washington crossed the Delaware River. Its soil is some of the best for farming anywhere to be found.
But like many American property owners in the past decade, Dale Thorpe fell victim to predatory lending after he sought an agricultural loan and was told that only an adjustable rate loan was available. They used their life savings to buy the farm. But the loan soon zoomed to double digits and all resources are depleted. A more traditional approach to saving the farm has not worked.
Now housing developers want his pristine land and water. The Thorpes need donations in order to obtain legal help.
The Thorpes have talked with numerous attorneys but so many are too busy to take the case on contingency in time to save the farm. The Thorpes need a law firm to perform legal discovery, motion practice and trial counsel with a goal of a victory for the farm. But now they do not have the funds to hire a lawyer. Please help now.
Interestingly, the proprietor of Thorpe’s farm, Dale Thorpe, is a distant cousin of Jim Thorpe (Native American Olympic gold medalist, 1912) and also a descendant of Daniel Boone. A Thorpe cousin had owned this farm since the 1940’s. Dale Thorpe raises hormone-free and grass-fed beef, chickens, goats and sheep and organic produce, providing the community with high quality produce and meats.
Today, many supporters are protecting and serving the farm, but the pressures of the opposition has left the family unable to afford to fight in court. For months, one judge set aside a sheriff sale to prevent the family from being ejected from their ancestral land.
Visitors to the farm often remark that the animals are content and that the land is in balance with nature and he has a growing number supporters.
The problems local supporters see are that town of vast open space that that used to be farms. Today the region is dotted with large mansions of the landed gentry whose actions indicate that they don’t want the Thorpe Farm in their backyards. The claims against the Thorpes so far have most often been unspecfic, but have suppressed the farm from operating properly. The farm has the forces of the bank and the township government against it. Now time is running out with only a few weeks left to take a stand.
Despite that, Mr. Thorpe’s ambition is to build his organic farm and to soon add Bison to his stock. Bison, previously historic to Pennsylvania before their extinction in 1795, render high protein/low cholesterol meat. The farm also offers a dedicated free area for beekeeping, and there are plans to harvest honey. There are lectures and seminars at the farm. Volunteers offer expertise in various areas, including organic practices. Native Americans visit the farm and educate the visitors about the local tribes (eg, Lenape) and have performed ceremonies and dances.
Thorpe’s First Nation Organic Farm includes 145 acres of some of the best farmland out there, the importance of which cannot be overstated as the population continues to expand, while land is paved over and built upon. Mr. Thorpe has an excellent business plan including vertical farming (greenhouses with multiple levels, based on a Swedish model). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The benefits of organic farming and hormone and antibiotic-free meat are well known. It is the goal of Thorpe’s farm to continue these practices, to educate the community about them and provide healthy food to the community.
"We are asking for financial assistance ($10,000) so that we can retain legal representation in hopes of successfully preventing the loss of the farm," say the Thorpes. Supporters agree and have created this petition.
Finally, supporters ask that you please spread the word far and wide and help us to educate others about and invite them to join the cause to save the Thorpe farm.