433 farms, 33K acres, $285 million. Hunterdon has preserved more farms than any other N.J. county.

Farmland in Kingwood, NJ

CAROLINE FASSETT / NJ.COM – In the four decades New Jersey has set aside funds for farmland preservation, one county, Hunterdon, has led the way in preservation. Since 1985, when the county launched its own preservation program, close to 33,000 acres of farmland has been preserved, the most of any county in the Garden State, according to Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt.

“Farmland is in our history, and is still a viable part of our county, and we hope to have it continue for many, many years to come,” Holt said in an interview with NJ Advance Media.

The program, to date, has preserved 433 farms at a cost of over $285 million that comes from federal, state, county and municipal taxpayer-funding programs, as well as private donors and non-profits …

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