The Bergen County Farmland Preservation Program began with the permanent preservation of Sun Valley Farm, a 216-acre farm in the Township of Mahwah, on April 26, 2002.
To date, 7 farms totaling 314 acres have been preserved as farmland in the County.
Payment for Land
Payments to landowners were for the property’s development rights in exchange for the placement of an easement permanently restricting the property to agricultural use only. The cost of the easement was shared between the County (Open Space Trust Fund) and the State Agriculture Development Committee (Garden State Preservation Trust).
|Farm Name||Date||Acres||County ($)||State ($)||Total ($)|
|Sun Valley, Mahwah||April 26, 2002||216.10||684,520||2,677,792||3,362,312|
|Twinbrook Nurseries, Franklin Lakes||Feb. 6, 2004||6.48||395,252||592,879||988,132|
|Brooks Farm, Closter||June 24, 2004||10.61||890,748||1,654,245||2,544,993|
|Demarest Farms||April 4, 2005||11.00||1,677,098||1,677,098||3,354.196|
|Mahrapo Farm||May 2006||12.50||775,573||545,081||1,320,654|
|Deepdale Farm||June 2006||11.00||234,738||345,513||580,250|
|Kohout Farm||January 2007||47.10||1,637,872||2,227,034||3,864,906|