New Jersey has reached a major farmland preservation milestone with the permanent protection of the 200,000th acre of farmland, Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher announced recently.
“The preservation of 200,000 acres of farmland is an extraordinary achievement that underscores New Jersey’s continued reputation as a national leader in farmland preservation,” Fisher said.
He made the announcement at Cassaday Farms in Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, where he was joined by farmland preservation partners from across the state.
“By preserving our working farms we ensure that New Jersey’s agriculture industry remains strong and that families continue to have access to fresh, local food,” said Tom Gilbert, chairman of NJ Keep It Green.
A summary of preserved farmland by county is available at http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmpreserve/progress/stats/index.html.
A list of the 58 farms that were preserved this year under the State Farmland Preservation Program and helped carry New Jersey to the 200,000-acre threshold, can be found at http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmpreserve/progress/preserved/2012farmsto200,000acres.pdf.
For a listing of all farms preserved since the inception of the program, visit http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmpreserve/progress/preserved/preservedfarmslist.pdf.