The Pa. Department of Agriculture has allocated $7.5 million in state, county, local, and nonprofit funding to preserve 24 farms in 10 counties from ever being used for residential or commercial purposes. One, the Gregory H. Moser Farm, sits within Montgomery County’s borders.
The Moser Farm occupies nearly 80 acres on Miller Road, Niantic, Pa., in Douglass Township. The plot, primarily a crop-producing entity with which the Moser family has been associated since the 1700s, is adjacent to Berks County.
“Every dollar spent protecting prime farmland from development is an investment in our economy, our environment, our quality of life, and our ability to feed Pennsylvania’s families and economy,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.
“Preserving land resources is one of the most important investments we make together, across every level of government, hand in hand with farm families investing to guard their legacy of daily hard work and sacrifice to feed us all,” he concluded
The action also protected two farms in Bucks, three in Berks, two in Lehigh, and four in Lancaster County. The entire list is online.
In addition to keeping geographies free of over-development and its associated drawbacks, the state’s protection helps ensure the future of farming as an industry and its role in addressing regional food insecurity.