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

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Heads Up Pennylvania: Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68 Acre CG
  • From: zientek@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:50:33 -0500 (EST)

Adam,

In an age of "-isms" ...I'll add a new one "Jerseyism" ...I'm not sure why
Burlington County NJ Freeholders would be too concerned about what
residents of Pennsylvania think.

Jan

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Jan Zientek, County Extension Department Head
Urban Gardening Program Coordinator                   (973) 353-5525 voice
Rutgers Cooperative Extension                         (973) 353-1430 fax
162 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102

On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 Adam36055@aol.com wrote:

> 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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