Aoibhneas Plantation will be a retreat for severely disabled Veterans, severely physically & mentally disabled individuals, and their immediate family members/caretakers. It will be a completely accessible and ADA approved organic farm. With 20% of its annual net profits being donated to help fund The Rowan Tree Foundation. Aoibhneas Plantation will also have 6 ADA approved cabins for disabled individuals and their immediate family or caretaker to stay, 2 bunk houses, large pavilion and dining hall, and more on (hopefully) 400+ acres.
Aoibhneas Plantation will also host various Farmer’s Markets, and seasonal events throughout the year; as well as a Farm Stay program; educational, agricultural, cooking, and nutritional classes; facilities will be for rent for use for weddings, family reunions, etc. It will offer the opportunity for school field trips, and as a free meeting place for their local 4-H.
Aoibhneas Plantation would, hopefully, greatly impact our disabled community….. While being an organic, working farm and having many other business components branching from that, the most exciting & important purpose of Aoibhneas Plantation would be:
- Aoibhneas Plantation would be completely ADA approved & accessible
- All animals on the farm will be certified therapy animals (and I mean ALL: goats, lambs, horses, chickens, pigs, cows, rabbits, etc…)
- All animals will be dwarf, pygmy, or miniatures
- Aoibhneas Plantation will aid in providing medical journals/studies on the benefits of alternative therapy animals
- Aoibhneas Plantation will aid in providing medical journals/studies on the use of animals in Physical Therapy (for example: my idea is to use lambs to assist in PT to develop core stability, improve balance, improve gait, improve strength, etc. working, of course, with licensed therapists and doctors, and documenting the benefits)
The Rowan Tree Foundation will be a non-profit organization that will assist severely disabled individuals and their family/caretaker with medical bills, assistance with travel expenses to Aoibhneas Plantation, medical supplies and equipment, genetic & medical testing, therapy service bills, gas cards to travel to and from appointments, hospice care, funeral arrangements, and research related to brain associated disabilities (with PCH being at the top of our list, due to the lack of research, broadness, and severity of the disease… this, of course, will take time and money to get going).
Campaign Motive: All money obtained from this campaign will go to starting up The Rowan Tree Foundation, purchasing land for Aoibhneas Plantation, construction of buildings, and starting up the farm.
The Texas Hill Country in Autumn. Perfect place for Aoibhneas Plantation…..
Crystal Ann Gill (project creator). Crystal says “I am the wife of a severely wounded Veteran, and mother of six beautiful children. Three of my six children have three different rare diseases. Chiari Malformation Type 2, Neurofibromatosis Type 1, and Unknown disease causing Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia.
How This Idea Came To Be: Aoibhneas Plantation (pronounced: eve-ness; meaning bliss or happiness) has been an evolving idea for the past 8 years. It began with observing & dealing with the struggles that my husband endured when he was injured in 2006. He lost his right leg & left eye to an IED explosion in Iraq. As we struggled to find some kind of normalcy, adjust to therapy schedules, appointment schedules, wheelchairs, prosthesis, being newly married, and having young children…. 2 years down the road…It was very hard to find affordable, family friendly, handicap accessible places. Especially when it came to the outdoors.
This planted the idea of Aoibhneas Plantation. Then, in 2014-2015 our life changed again. Our oldest son underwent four brain surgeries to help with his Chiari Malformation. Also in this year, our youngest daughter was born, and diagnosed with Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia after she failed to thrive. We were told to prepare for the possibility of a funeral, and then another blow when our second youngest daughter was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis.
Our son now takes medication to stabilize him, our second youngest daughter is monitored every 9 to 12 months to make sure she does not develop tumors, and our youngest is the most disabled.
At the age of 32 months, she functions at about an 18 month old level. This is an improvement, but there are no guarantees as to how she will progress. So, the idea of Aoibhneas Plantation had finally finished evolving, and along came another idea: The Rowan Tree Foundation.”
In the creator’s own words: Every disabled individual is different, but what I want most, is to give these individuals an experience that they may not be able to have and to give their family/caregivers a much needed break…. to offer some type of relaxation from the everyday stress and struggles. They deserve it! Our goal remains that Aoibhneas Plantation be a main partner & contributor for The Rowan Tree Foundation, so we must establish this first. Our goal amount is $950,000.
Thank you so much for any help you’re able to give. And please forward this campaign to anyone you think may be interested and willing to help.
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If you want to support this project, you can do so by donating on their gofundme page: