Touchstone Farm needs your help! In order to continue to provide truly magical and unique equine therapeutic services to children, families, adults, and veterans affected by things like PTSD, depression, emotional trauma, physical differences, and more, Touchstone Farm needs to purchase a new forever home.
Through no fault of our own, we have been unexpectedly ordered to vacate our current rental property that has been our home for over 40 years. Although unanticipated, we have embarked on a capital campaign, with a truncated timetable, to raise the funds needed to purchase a different property. To suit our operational programming, our property requires enough stalls and turnout combined to accommodate up to 65 horses from June through August and 30-40 horses year-round. We need a small animal barn for our minis (donkeys and horses) and our three goats. We also need a coup for all of our chickens. We need several outdoor riding arenas and at least one large indoor arena. We need a residential structure large enough to house up to 36 campers and at least 14 staff members. We also need a caretaker cottage to ensure that a human being is always on the property in the event of an animal emergency.
We searched for rental properties that would suit our needs, but there are no such properties in existence in our region. With property requirements as specific as ours, we are very fortunate to have found one turnkey property, less than 20 minutes from our current location. Purchasing this property will allow us to move without any disruption of the services that we currently offer to the people who need them so much. Purchasing this property will also secure the futureof the organization and provide us with the room to grow and expand our program to reach more people in need of our services. The enormous impact of our program has been described by some of our participants as follows:
“I have been trying to think of another experience that has out done Touchstone Farm and I haven’t been able to think of anything. This has been one of the most powerful, rewarding, self-reflecting experiences I’ve ever had!”
When a principal questioned a program participant, he said, “Last year you had over 90-days of absenteeism. This year you’ve been absent less than ten days. What was the difference?” The student replied, “The Horses!”
The parent of an autistic child said, “Oh my gosh! I was so overjoyed to see a smile come across his little face that it brought tears to my eyes! I hadn’t seen him smile since he was a baby!”
Our goal is to ensure that our services continue to positively impact the lives of our participants and their families and our community, and we need your help to do that!
Large or small, please help us to get to our forever home so that we can keep our program alive and thriving.