County Preserves 160 acre Farm The 160 acre piece is the largest to be settled on this year
(S. Harrison Twp.)- Gloucester County has purchased the development rights on the farm property of Rita Marino/Alfred Marino Trust in South Harrison Township. Freeholder Director Sweeney and Deputy Director Damminger said it is the county's largest farmland piece to be preserved this year at 160.40 acres.
The farm, located on Rt. 538 (433 Franklinville Rd.), is contiguous to more than 1,000 acres of already preserved farmland.
"The Marino farm is in active agricultural operations and currently has approximately 60% of the farmland in peaches and 40% in peppers. We are very pleased that the farm has been preserved in our program and that it will continue to contribute to Gloucester County's agricultural economy," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.
Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger, liaison to the county's Office of Land Preservation stated that over the last six months Gloucester County has closed on 14 properties (11 farmland and 3 open space parcels) totaling more than 500 acres. The County plans to close on additional 13 parcels in the coming months, totaling an additional 500 plus acres.
"Within the next two months the Freeholders will endorse an additional 15 properties for participation in the farmland preservation program. It is hoped that the settlements on these pieces will begin by the end of this year,"said Damminger.
"The county is settling on a record number of farms this year and we are thrilled. Each farm that comes into the program is land that will not turn into housing developments," Damminger stated. "Gloucester County is synonymous with agriculture and we are doing everything we can to keep that going."
Since the implementation of the County's open space and farmland preservation program, more than 13,634 acres of land has been preserved throughout the county.