MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A 152-acre soybean farm has become the 22nd farm in Cranbury Township – and the 51st in Middlesex County — preserved forever now that it has entered the Middlesex County Farmland Preservation Program.
The county, with its funds and contributions from the State and Cranbury Township, purchased an agriculture preservation easement on the farm, owned by Ronald and Patricia Kurek of Cranbury Township.
The total cost of the development rights for the farm on Wyckoff Mills Road are $1,170,358. The State contributed $721,091. The County paid $224,633 and Cranbury Township paid $224,633. The purchase was completed Oct.4.
“I am very pleased to be able to announce the addition of this farm to the Middlesex County Farmland Preservation Program,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “This is great news, and I want to thank our partners at the State and the Township.”
With the addition of the Kurek farm, more than 5,000 acres of farmland, have been preserved throughout the county. That number includes preservation easements purchased through the County Preservation Program funds, as well as purchases made directly by the State, the municipalities, non-profit organizations and land donated to the county.
Cranbury has preserved 33 farms totaling over 2,600 acres. The County Preservation Program has contributed to more than 64 percent of those purchases.
“My Freeholder colleagues and I are committed to preserving as much Open Space and Farmland as we can in an effort to maintain the county’s high quality of life,” Rios said. “We have saved forever more than 12,000 acres of open space and farmland and are actively pursuing more acres so that these precious lands can be enjoyed now and in the future.”
This acquisition brings the county’s total amount of preserved farmland through the Farmland Preservation Program to 4,817 acres.
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