Apple trees at Schober Orchards
Monroe Twp, Gloucester County
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​Burlington County Freeholders approved a contract Wednesday to preserve 9 properties, 4 of which are located in Chesterfield Twp.

At last Wednesday’s County Freeholder meeting, 702 total acres were preserved from Chesterfield, Pemberton Township, Southampton, and Springfield and had a total cost of $3.65M.

Burlington County Times is reporting that all properties “were eligible for New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee grants, which will reimburse the county 60 percent of the total cost of the purchases.”

The remaining 40 percent could be reimbursed as well, since 8 of the farms are close to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and could get funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.

4 farms in Chesterfield Township have been preserved:

  • Linda Hatt Farm, 69 acres for $593,184
  • M&N Farms, 38 acres for $235,750
  • Lanwin Development Corp. Farm, 132 acres for $690,900
  • Thompson South Farm, 136 acres for $737,300​

In September of 2016, Freeholder O’Brien approved the Board to make offers to 10 farmland owners, in hopes of making them preserved land. 9 of them agreed. The Mt. Laurel Sun reported at the time “The offers will be based on upcoming appraisals of the properties and the values must be certified by the State.”

Since the program began in Burlington County, 29,230 acres of farmland have been preserved.