Posted Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Morris County Agriculture Development Board on Jan. 30 permanently preserved two farms owned by Wendover Farm Partners, L.P., in Mendham Township.

These purchases by the Morris CADB restrict the lands from non-agricultural uses, thus permanently preserving the 20-acre How Farm and the 39-acre DeNeufville Farm.  They are the fifth and sixth preserved farms in the township, said Katherine Coyle, director of the Morris CADB.

The farms are located on Pleasant Valley Road and are adjacent to two previously preserved farms. The four preserved farms comprise 112 acres of contiguous preserved farmland.

The purchase of the two farms for a total acquisition price of $1,845,592.90 was funded by the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund, Coyle said.

In contrast to open space preservation, the landowner retains ownership of, and may even choose to sell, the preserved farmland with a deed restriction ensuring that the land will not undergo non-farm development, Coyle said.

According to Coyle, agricultural development of the farm is permitted and the type of farming activity can change in the future.

The Wendover Farm Partners, L.P. farms are the 122nd and 123rd farms to be permanently preserved in Morris County. This brings the total area of preserved farmland in the county to 7,507 acres or the equivalent of 11.73 square miles.