Recently aired on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams “NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family”; was an upbeat story of a family-owned and operated farm in Frenchtown, NJ. Ryan and Kim Kocsis were growing hay and straw on 160 acres of leased land. They dreamed of owning the property but needed to raise $1.7 million dollars to purchase the land. Not wanting to sell the land to a developer, the Kocsis qualified and applied for New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. Inspectors viewed the property and approved $1.1 million to purchase the land, placing it under ironclad deed restrictions. The Kocsis had managed to see their farm, aptly named Perpetual Harvest Farm, preserved indefinitely. Since the Farmland Preservation Program’s passing in 1983, the state has preserved more than 226,000 acres; of which 2,500 acres are preserved as farmland. With increased consumer demand for locally and sustainable grown agricultural products and commodities, New Jersey farms have found a niche to compete in the growing economy.
Watch the broadcast here:http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/nj-takes-steps-keep-farmland-family/