We truly believe that horses, horse farms and the equine industry creates the character and culture that makes Ocala and Marion County unique and noteworthy. For there to be horses and an equine industry, there must be farmland available for horse farms. The Farmland Preservation Area in northwest Marion County serves that purpose, and thus it is precious and must be protected and preserved to sustain this sense of place.
Horses and horse farms create the character and culture that make Marion County unique. For there to be horses, there must be farmland available for horse farms. The Marion County Commission recognized this truth and created the Farmland Preservation Area in northwest Marion County in 2005.
Horse Farms Forever was founded in mid-2018 to raise awareness of the importance of horses and the Farmland Preservation Area. The catalyst for this was the Florida Department of Transportation’s threat to put a toll road through the heart of the county’s most pristine horse farms and the Farmland Preservation Area.
Our purpose is to be watchful of government and others in actions pertaining to horse farms and the Farmland Preservation Area. There’s an old saying, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you are probably on the menu.” For far too long, the Farmland Preservation Area has been on the menu. With your support, we can also have a seat at the table.
Our directors have attended hundreds of hours of government meetings and public hearings. We have interacted with our elected officials, their staff, and community groups to partner and coordinate our efforts. Our role is to remind everyone of the priceless and irreplaceable sense of place that horses and horse farms bring to Marion County.
The threat is real. Developers continue to knock loudly on the doors of government seeking exemptions to rezone property inside the Farmland Preservation Area. Developers continue to propose major new road projects through the heart of the Farmland Preservation Area.
The developers want to pave paradise, we want to save it!
We are meeting with both these developers and other government and community leaders to make sure our voice is heard loudly. Most often, our voice is the only voice at the table advocating this position.
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Our mission is to inspire the conservation of horse farms through education and awareness so as to preserve natural pasture land focusing on horses and their habitats, and to protect the soil and water on which they depend, while minimizing land use conflicts in Marion County.
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It will take a unified effort from all of our residents to come together to raise our voices to protect our horse farms and our way of life. Join our effort and have your name listed among our neighbors here in Marion County who want to protect the Horse Capital of the World.™
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