Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014
The Morris County Agriculture Development Board on Jan. 3 permanently preserved the Angen LLC Farm in Mount Olive Township.
This purchase by the Morris CADB restricts the land from non-agricultural uses, thus permanently preserving the 24-acre farm on Bartley-Chester Road, which is the fifth preserved farm in the township, said Katherine Coyle, director of the Morris CADB.
Angen LLC Farm has been owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gennaro Matera since 1969. The farm is utilized to grow grain.
The Angen LLC Farm purchase was made in conjunction with a grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee, which provided 59 percent or $897,298 of the $1.5 million acquisition price, with 41 percent, or $628,526 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, Coyle said. Agricultural development of the farm is permitted and the type of farming activity can change in the future.
“These 24 acres will now be protected forever for farming,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo.
“Preservation of our farms plays an important role in keeping New Jersey green.”
Angen LLC Farm is the 121st farm to be permanently preserved in Morris County. That brings the total area for preserved farmland in the county to 7,448 acres or the equivalent of 11.64 square miles.