Three Newcomers Added to Montco’s Growing List of Permanently Preserved Farms

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Three more Montgomery County farms have been permanently preserved as part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Image via Unsplash.com.

Three more Montgomery County farms have been permanently preserved as part of the continuously growing Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

The newest additions include a 23-acre farm in Perkiomen Township and Schwenksville Borough owned by Suzanne Banyacsky, a 117-acre farm in New Hanover Township owned by Edward B. Stokes Jr., and a 61-acre farm in Upper Hanover Township owned by Thomas Latshaw.

The three farms were in part preserved using dedicated funds from Montgomery County Board of Commissioners along with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The farmland preservation program buys agricultural easements on productive farms in Montgomery County. When the easement is sold to the county, the owner keeps the land but it must remain in farming for perpetuity.

The program has drawn interest from many farmers who would like to preserve their land but are unsure how to begin. In response, Montgomery County Planning Commission and the Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Board will hold a webinar on December 16 to share information on the program.

“We are pleased to offer this webinar to inform farmers of this program, which can continue the legacy of their farm in Montgomery County,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

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