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Heads Up Pennylvania: Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68 Acre CG

  • Subject: [cg] Heads Up Pennylvania: Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68 Acre CG
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:03:01 EST

Friends: 

The key paragraph and opportunity is at the end of the article: "One scenario 
would have the board sell the deed-restricted farm at an auction. Another 
would bring a farm stand featuring local products. Officials have also discussed 
a community-gardening center or some other form of agricultural public 
education." 

Looks like some Pennsylvania community gardeners should get in touch with the 
Burlington County Board of Freeholders and give them some guidance. 

Everbest, 
Adam Honigman
Volunteer, 
 Clinton Community Garden 



County OKs $7.14 million to purchase 68-acre farm
By JOHN REITMEYER
Burlington County Times


MOUNT HOLLY - The Burlington County Board of Freeholders yesterday approved 
an agreement with farmer Robert Winner to purchase a dairy farm on the 
Moorestown-Mount Laurel border for $7.14 million. 

The agreement, ratified by board members at a special afternoon meeting, will 
result in the permanent preservation of the 68-acre property at Centerton and 
Hartford roads. 

Winner did not attend the freeholder meeting, but spoke about the agreement 
during a telephone interview later in the day. He has been negotiating with the 
freeholders for about 15 months, since an earlier agreement with a developer 
for an office complex fell through. 

"I'm really pleased that we all could get to this point," Winner said. "It's 
exciting."

Under the terms of the agreement, Winner will receive compensation in 
installments, as well as some cash right away. The deal calls for the Moores]town 
council to cover 20 percent of the purchase price, with the balance coming out of 
a county land-preservation trust fund that is supported by a dedicated tax of 
4 cents per $100 of assessed property value. 

The freeholders will also seek to recoup up to 50 percent of the purchase 
price from the state's farmland preservation program. The farm's price tag 
averages about $104,500 for each acre. 

The board is planning to place easements on the farm, which covers 48 acres 
in Moorestown and 20 acres in Mount Laurel, to bar any future development. The 
freeholders, however, haven't decided exactly what to do with the farm and an 
1800s farmhouse on the property. 

 
One scenario would have the board sell the deed-restricted farm at an 
auction. Another would bring a farm stand featuring local products. Officials have 
also discussed a community-gardening center or some other form of agricultural 
public education. 

The key is the preservation of the property and the retention of some of 
Moorestown's agricultural heritage, said Freeholder William Haines Jr., a berry 
farmer who oversees the county's land-preservation initiatives. 

"Bob Winner is to be commended for his commitment to preserve this valuable 
real estate for the public's benefit," Haines said. "As I have said in the 
past, this is one area that seems to have gotten more than its share of 
development." 

The freeholders voted 4-0 to approve the agreement with Winner after a nearly 
60-minute discussion with a group of Moorestown residents who attended the 
meeting. Four of the residents spoke against the purchase, saying the town's 
taxes have become too high for commercial-development opportunities to be 
bypassed. Another commended the board for recognizing the environmental value of the 
farm. 

The freeholders had initially tried to approve the deal during a public 
meeting last week, but never held a vote because of some last minute tax concerns 
that they said were ultimately resolved. 

Email: jreitmeyer@phillyBurbs.com 

November 30, 2004 8:21 AM


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