Montgomery County has added another farm to its growing list of permanently preserved farm properties.
The Mashintonio #2 Farm was preserved on June 1. This 90-acre grain farm is located on Hoffmansville Road in New Hanover Township.
This newest farm brings the total to 159 farms and 9,351 acres preserved under the Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Montgomery County is one of 58 counties participating in this voluntary state program.
“Preserving 90 new acres of farmland is part of our plan to build a sustainable future for the county, and to support the hard work of our agricultural community contributing to that future,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “Our local farming businesses give us access to healthy, local foods and conserve our prime agricultural soil.”
The Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program began in 1990. The program purchases agricultural easements from productive farms in Montgomery County. When the easement is sold, the owner keeps the land, but no longer has the right to develop the property for non-farm uses.
The land must remain farmed in perpetuity. The farmer may sell the land, but the new owner must continue to farm the land as well.