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Patchwork Pastures

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services, Environment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Mission Statement Bringing Recovery and Nature Together

Results: Green Care is a well-established international concept that uses animals, plants and nature in an interactive process to offer health-promoting activities for people. With this concept in mind our programs are designed to support transitioning young adults ages 18-28 re-integrating into society with mental health challenges, substance use challenges or from incarceration, those most often left behind. Our programs utilize humane education within the following areas; agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, animal care and other nature based areas. By encompassing these specific service areas and changing the role of the individual from service receiver to service assistant they build a sense of responsibility, self-efficacy, empathy and compassion as well as establish personal boundaries and most importantly teamwork and leadership skills. Our philosophy is that if our at risk young adults youth are given chances to explore their natural strengths in a trauma informed, safe, nature-based environment caring for animals and plants while being mentored by caring adults, that those strengths will develop with a sense of responsibility and pride.

Target demographics: Young adults ages 18 - 28 in recovery with mental health, substance use or reentry from incarceration

Geographic areas served: Recovery

Programs: volunteerism and internships in agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, animal care and other nature based areas.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Patchwork Pastures has given me a second chance not only at my career but in life. Being surrounded by all of these precious animals and having the ability to make a difference in their lives is priceless. I never really understood how an animal could be rendered "unwanted" but quickly realized how in sync it is to a parent not wanting a child who is challenged, only to realize how "this" animal can help "this young person" find self love again. I don't know of any other organization programs that match or even come close to this. And to top it off the organizations volunteers and board members are truly exceptional, all family members of, or individuals themselves in recovery. Their "bifold mission" bringing recovery and nature together will make the world of difference for both animals and humans alike. Memories my daughter and I will cherish forever.

Alan Lee M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit animal rescue that also helps at risk young adults in recovery.
When I look into the eyes of the rescued animals I see lots of love, this fills my heart more than words can say.


Rating: 5

This place offers such a positive experience. Two and four legged alike are friendly, happy & inviting! Love visiting this farm.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We rescue farm animals. These guys are so loved and well taken care of. People friendly. You haven't lived until a turkey falls asleep in your lap; or you have cuddled with an alpaca, or been kissed by a goat!

Karen K.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization in so many ways. Not only are they helping young adults they are helping animals who have no where to go. Potbelly pigs have become the craze many people have noIdea what they are getting into and want to dump these wonderful animals and thank God for organizations like them. We rescued 2 pigs from them and could not be happier. We will continue to support them anyway we can

Siobhan C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rachel and Alan have combined their gifts in a most creative and uplifting way to create Patchwork Pastures. They provide the structure, skill-building and encouragement to help those affected by mental health issues and addiction, and the rescue animals provide the love. Who rescued who? Patchwork Pastures brings recovery and nature together. Highly recommend!

Rachel C.8

Board Member

Rating: 5

We started this non profit as parents of children directly affected by mental health challenges, opioid and heroin addiction and domestic violence. Never in my lifetime, as a mother, did I think I would be faced with such darkness. Patchwork Pastures was conceived from the trials and errors of having my children in and out of multiple recovery homes and programs, all which made a contribution to their recovery, but left them wanting more. Recognizing the natural calm that overcomes individuals when they are introduced to nature and animals became a game changer. Nature can be the best therapy we quickly realized, and moved forward to develop our 5 step program incorporating volunteering, community service, internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, life skills and on the job training. Follow us as we move into a new life expanding our program to build a zoo ALL run by and with individuals celebrating recovery from substance use, mental health challenges or re-entry from incarceration. It's going to be AMAZING!