Posted Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Morris County Agriculture Development Board has permanently preserved the Susan Peach Farm in Washington Township. This purchase May 19 by the Morris CADB restricts the land from non-agricultural uses, thus permanently preserving the 115-acre farm on Sliker Road.

The Susan Peach Farm, which has been owned and operated by the Peach Family since 1968, has more than 50 acres in hay production and is contiguous with other preserved farms in the area including the Liebenzell Mission Farm in Washington Township.

The Susan Peach Farm purchase was made in conjunction with a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee. The SADC provided nearly 57 percent of the $1,706,573 acquisition price, with the remainder 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.

The Susan Peach Farm is the 112th farm to be permanently preserved in Morris County, bringing the total area for preserved farmland in the county to 7,133 acres or the equivalent of 11.1 square miles.