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Fwd: Correction - NJ Gardeners! : Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68 Acre CG

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: Correction - NJ Gardeners! : Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68 Acre CG
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:56:07 EST

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From: Adam36055@aol.com
Full-name: Adam36055
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Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:55:14 EST
Subject: Correction - NJ Gardeners! : Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68
  Acre CG
To: zientek@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
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OOPS! Jan got it right - Burlington Cty IS IN NEW JERSEY, a suburb of Philly, 
but in NEW JERSEY. OK - NJ greening guys got this opportunity!

Adam Honigman
 Clinton Community Garden 
Noo Yawk City

> Subj: Re: [cg] Heads Up Pennylvania: Burlington Cty Farm Could be a 68 Acre 
> CG 
>  Date: 11/30/04 1:51:22 PM Mid-Atlantic Standard Time
>  From: zientek@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
>  To: Adam36055@aol.com
>  CC: community_garden@mallorn.com
>  Sent from the Internet 
> 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
> ------------------------------------------------
> 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
> >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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