FLEMINGTON, NJ – Freeholders have acted recently to preserve two farms totaling 107 acres in Franklin Township.

Freeholders have approved a required Natural Resources Conservation plan for the 71-acre Vartiker farm. The plan paves the way for a $335,000 preservation grant from USDA’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Ag Lands Easement that, together with a like amount from the SADC, will preserve the farmland at no cost to the County’s Open Space Trust fund.

The conservation plan for the property establishes best practices for safeguarding prime soils and was developed at the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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The Freeholders have also approved the preservation of the 37.55-acre DuBrow farm through the Planning Incentive Grant program, where the SADC provides $163,597 toward the easement purchase and the County and Township will each provide $52,053 from their Open Space funds.

Hunterdon County will hold the easement on both farms.

“With SADC providing nearly $500,000, the USDA granting $335,000, and the Township putting forward over $50,000 to preserve these farms, we ensure that the County can reserve its preservation funds for other future projects,” said Hunterdon Freehold Matt Holt in a press release.