Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Morris County Agriculture Development Board has permanently preserved Fox Hill Farm in Washington Township.

The June 14 purchase by the Morris CADB restricts the land from non-agricultural uses, thus permanently preserving the 20-acre farm on East Fox Hill Road, which is in close proximity to eight other preserved farms in Long Valley.

Fox Hill Farm has been owned and operated by the Terry family since 1980. The Terry’s breed and sell quarter horses and produce field crops.

The purchase was made in conjunction with a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee. The SADC provided 26 percent of the $431,040 acquisition price, with 74 percent funded by the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund.

In contrast to open space preservation, the landowner retains ownership of, and may even choose to sell, the preserved land with a deed restriction ensuring that the land will not undergo non-farm development. Agricultural development of the farm is permitted and the type of farming activity can change in the future.

Fox Hill Farm is the 116 farm to be permanently preserved in Morris County, bringing the total area for preserved farmland in the County to 7,253 acres or the equivalent of 11.3 square miles.