Farmland Preservation

The Farmland Preservation Program was established with the Agricultural Retention Act of 1983, and is administered by the State Agricultural Development Committee and the County Agriculture Development Boards. Farmers were, at first, somewhat cautious to buy into what was then a new and untested program. In Sussex County, it was not until 1990 that the first farm, 121 acres in Green and Andover Townships, was preserved. The program has since accelerated all over New Jersey for many reasons, including industry economic pressures, droughts, an increase in the deer population and expanding residential development. And as the agricultural community decreases, so does the support system by which a farmer can borrow a part for an ailing tractor or rely on help from other farmers in an emergency. Aggressive promotion of the program has more than doubled the pace of New Jersey's farmland preservation funding this year, and the agriculture department remains confident that 500,000 of the remaining 830,000 acres of New Jersey farmland can be preserved. Farmland Preservation is completely voluntary, and there are a variety of programs available to assist farmers to maintain their property in functional agriculture.

The eight year Farmland Preservation program provides for a 50/50 cost share program between the State and the landowner to pursue soil and water conservation projects such as terrace systems, contour farming, stream protection, and irrigation. The voluntary, non-competitive program is becoming more popular as environmental laws become stricter. The eight year restriction requires that the property remain "in active agriculture'" for the duration of the easement.

In the permanent easement program, once a farm is accepted into a designated agriculture development area with long-term agriculture potential, the County Agriculture Development Board evaluates all applications and select the best conditions for a given state funding cycle. The property is then appraised both at fair market value and as property restricted to farm use. The difference between the two figures is the resultant development easement value, which the State Agriculture Development Board certifies. This is what the landowner may receive if admitted into the program. Landowners who discount their land below its certified value move higher up in the evaluation process and have a better chance of being funded. For every 1% less they agree to accept of their certified value, they receive an additional two points on their quality score ranking. Once farmers receive money from the program they can pay off debts, reinvest in the farm, put away money for retirement, or, if they choose, leave the area. In return, the land becomes deed restricted in perpetuity for agricultural use. A farmer may change the type of operation at any time, and agricultural buildings may be erected.

Regardless of which program is selected, the land remains on the tax rolls, unlike land that is preserved for open space in parks, refuges and wildlife management areas. In addition to keeping long established farm families in business, Farmland Preservation allows young farmers to enter the marketplace. They often cannot afford to purchase land at fair market value, but they can afford deed restricted land. For them, Farmland Preservation is a perfect way to own the land.

The same extended families that have run them for generations operate many of the surviving farms in Northwest New Jersey. For most of these, sustaining their tradition has more been a matter of adapting long-standing dairy or field crop uses to nursery and produce. Each situation is unique, presenting its own problems and solutions. Landowners interested in the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program can find out more here.

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11 Aug 2013, 17:02
I'm interested in buyng a land in N.J. . I'm looking for land to build a house for my son and for me. Please contact me by E-mail:
11 Aug 2013, 17:00
I'm interested in buyng a land in N.J. . I'm looking for land to build a house for my son and for me. Please contact me by E-mail
14 Mar 2013, 20:11
For sale or lease\r\n2 to 13 acres agricultural soils ...farmlad no hunting\r\nHolmdel NJ area\r\
27 Feb 2013, 05:50
Hello everyone my name is Daniel I'm starting a small lawn mowing business this year mostly on weekends . Resonable prices have machinery and tools to handle jobs . please send me an email if u have any more questions.
18 Jan 2013, 08:31
Hi, I have an american Eskimo he is turning 4 in March, wanted to know if any farmland owners would be interested in taking him. I have three kids he's not the best with, but breast with animals and always wants to be outside! Thank you, Allison
Jennifer Price
15 Jan 2013, 12:13
Looking to make some extra $$ on that extra piece of land? Local dog club is looking to rent a piece of property for weekend events. Must be flat with the ability to be mowed regularly and not on a major highway. We pay well..over $5000 last year. Land needs to be 500'x650'. We have our own insurance and events are not every weekend. If interested or know interested party, please contact me at Have references and additional information.
tj mcdonald
21 Dec 2012, 22:40
Can anyone tell me if there are any deer fencing programs or grants offered by the state? Also, where is a good local place to buy metal wire for deer fencing? Thanks!! TJ
06 Dec 2012, 18:08
Looking to lease land to bowhunt on 2 men self insured. from 10 to 200 acres. morris, somerset and hunterdon counties. \r\ncan email at
06 Dec 2012, 18:06
Looking to lease land to bowhunt on 2 men self insured. from 10 to 200 acres. morris, somerset and hunterdon counties.
23 Aug 2012, 15:32
I am looking to rent a 40~80 acre farmland in new jersey to plant vegetables. There can be existing farmhouse,barn and outside buildings. Contact with me by email if you have any information. Thanks.\r\nemail\r\n
02 Jul 2012, 08:47
Hi. I live in Rockaway Twp.,NJ\r\nHave 15 acres and LARGE pond; LOOKING TO LEASE portion of land to farmer that wants to grow organic vegetables. You are welcome to build your own greenhouses. Property backs to state land. Property secluded. email me at:
04 Jun 2012, 11:19
Southern NJ,Cape May County\r\n35+/- acre PRESERVED Farmland. Currently used as nursery and livestock operation. Large 4 bed/3 bath home, newer 4 bed/1 bath workers home detached, several large garage/out buildings, run-in shed, fenced pasture for horses/livestock, fully irrigated, several large greenhouses and coldframes. Soil is ideal for vineyards, continue nursery stock, pastures. Large metal buildings can be used for storage, stables, etc. \r\nContact Jennifer @ 609-364-9191, lv msg and I will call you back asap.
25 Apr 2012, 13:24
Hello,\r\n I am a hard working single female, 36 years Old, non-smoker, non-drinker. I am a looking to work Monday-Friday in exchange for room and board. I am originally from New York City area but have been living, and working for room and board, in the New Mexico area for the past four months. I will be returning to the Northeast on April 29th and have nowhere to stay. A farm worker position in Connecticut fell through at the last minute and would like to find somewhere else as soon as possible. \r\nPlease contact me either by email: or 347-605-6827 \r\nThank you.\r\n
13 Apr 2012, 13:08
I have 15 acres in Morris county, NJ\r\nLooking to sell; Has pond in rear yard;\r\nOur back yard butts up to state land/reserve No barn but farm area; Close to Rts 23 and 15 mins from 80.\r\nFarm accessed taxes for selling firewood. House nice but needs some work; has new Trane heat furnace and new $2,000 well pump. 4 bedrooms; 2 1/2 baths and basement apt. that I rent to nice man. Asking 699,000
michael smith
11 Apr 2012, 15:30
Have 8+ ac. I would like to sell in Allamuchy Warren Co. nj Please e-mail if interested
wilson adames
12 Feb 2012, 18:42
looking for preservation farmland in south jersey call wilson #732-277-2160
02 Feb 2012, 08:13
I'm interested in obtaining preserved farm land in or around Jackson NJ, preferably without any structures.
25 Jan 2012, 08:32
20 Dec 2011, 20:25
I'm looking for a farmland to lease or buy.about 5 acre all jersey county are fine reach me # 3477552225 thanks
31 Oct 2011, 06:52
9 Acre Farmette for sale in Cumberland County NJ. It has a 2 bedroom rancher built in 1990, with a horse 2 year old amish built horse barn with 4 stalls could be made to 6 stalls, an arena, and pastures. Must see property. email me at
31 Oct 2011, 06:45
Looking to purchase 20+ acres in Southern NJ. Cumberland County, Salem County area, that is cleared, farmable land, and that can have a home build on it. Please email me.
Valerie Binz
25 Oct 2011, 00:38
I currently own a home in NJ. Kids grown, I would love to take care of land with my dogs, maybe horse, anything but city life. I love outdoors, am a Vet, on perm disability, and feel I NEED to get out of City...Pls. consider me. Thank you very much.
18 Oct 2011, 10:56
I am looking to lease farmland in Burlington County.\r\n\r\n5-10 Acres with expansion potential to 50-100 Acres.\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\
Thomas Jones
08 Oct 2011, 13:18
My wife and I would like to lease/rent a small farm in northern New Jersey to raise pastured poultry and vegetables. We would need a residence on the property. Please let me know by email or phone if you have anything you feel might suit our needs.\r\n\r\nThank You, \r\nThomas Jones\r\n727-512-9308\r\
23 Sep 2011, 03:29
25 Aug 2011, 14:31
Hi I'm looking for farm land 5 acres or more, with road access. \r\n\r\nemail\r\nphone 7577423646
10 Aug 2011, 21:51
Hi,\r\nI'm looking for vegetable farm land for lease in NJ . 70-100+ acres, need housing please contact me. \r\
10 Aug 2011, 21:50
\r\nHi,\r\nI'm looking for vegetable farm land for lease in NJ . 70-100+ acres, need housing please contact me.
28 Jun 2011, 15:23
Sorry, forgot to "unhide" my email. Click on my name to email me about this property.\r\nThanks.
28 Jun 2011, 15:21
Need to sell land!\r\nI have 98 acres of preserved farmland in Northern New Jersey (Warren County) that needs to be sold quickly. Over 3000 feet of river frontage, plus a few acres of wetlands. About 90 acres are prime tillable soil and an irrigation well is in place and fully sufficient for the acreage. Very quick access to Rt 80, and roughly 45 min to NYC. One field even has Rt 80 visibility for free & easy advertising of your farm\r\nThe farm went into preservation with 2 barns and 3 houses, so the existing buildings can be torn down and replaced, or possibly restored.\r\nIf interested, please email me.
mike ikhmaies
18 Jun 2011, 15:13
hi, I'm looking to lease or rent a land 2 acres if it possible. We need it to experiment, we need to plant a new plant from over seas and we are not sure if it will grow, in the USA so we are looking around for different locations to see which area will be good for our crops to plant. If it possible it will be better to rent only for 3 month during the spring and beginning of the summer. if it success there will be possibilities to buy the land. of course after agreeing with the owner. if any one is interested please contact me by mail or at 6465009332. thank you
21 May 2011, 14:53
Interested in Room (and possible Board) in exchange for weekly work schedule!\r\n\r\nI have been living in Morris County Area for a year, and I prefer to stay close to this area.\r\n\r\nExcellent local reference with no drug / alcohol use and no criminal background... Clean driver license and I own a 6-cylinder truck.\r\n\r\nExtensive knowledge of remodeling / maintenance and repairs in regard to property and building structure.\r\n\r\nWork well alone or with others.\r\n\r\nSelf starter who has no problem working with or around animals.\r\n\r\nFocus is 20-hours maximum work week in exchange for Room (and possible Board).\r\n\r\nI don't need Boarding, since I can cook for myself, but I would need kitchen access or kitchen area, if a small apartment is available.\r\n\r\nI can give 20-hour work week no problem, but I am interested in starting a Handyman / Remodeling company; and this would not conflict with my 20-hours.\r\n\r\nThanks,\r\nL.T. Rowyn\r\
John Conroy
18 May 2011, 11:49
My name is John Conroy, I am a real estate agent with Long & Foster in Moorestown, NJ 08057. \r\nPhone 856 642-8752\r\n\r\nI have 58+ acres of raw land on Crosswicks Hamilton Sq. Road in Hamilton Twp., NJ 08691, Property is located within 3 miles of exit 7A og the NJ TPK and I195. Zoned Rural Resource Conservation (RRC)has old farm house and garage on property (teardowns). Property was once working farm but has been left vacant for many years. \r\n\r\nCall or e-mail me if you have an interest.
07 May 2011, 18:54
Would also prefer if land is in Burlington County, NJ. \r\nThanks
07 May 2011, 18:52
I'm interested in renting or leasing a very small area of land to grow vegetables this year for 4-6 months. A half acre would be sufficient. Any help would be appreciated. \r\nThank you,\r\nJosh
Paul Orrell
15 Apr 2011, 16:03
Looking to buy a preserved farm in NJ.\r\nContact me at e-mail above.\r\n\r\nPaul
02 Apr 2011, 18:40
Anyone interested in a 2 story colonial on 5 acres in estell manor please email me at . Can develop into a farm with up to 5 horses. You can not get anymore peaceful then Estell Manor, NJ.
31 Mar 2011, 07:17
I am looking for an individual with farm land with mountain views to accomplish the following. The purpose would be to farm (vegetables animals)/ Use about 7 acres for solar farm/build a secluded retreat center. This could be a partnership deal but their is a lot more detail, please email if this is something you are interested in.
30 Mar 2011, 13:12
Megan Babbitt
27 Mar 2011, 17:17
Looking to rent a horse facility with 20+ stalls, indoor & outdoor, in Warren/Sussex County NJ. Want to be within 15 minutes off exit 19 - 12 of I-80. \r\nOr Looking to buy acreage with horse facilities already existing, or house with potential for building. Please contact via email -
20 Mar 2011, 08:19
Hi,\r\n I'm looking for farm land in the mountains. 100+ acres, please contact me.
13 Mar 2011, 17:01
Hi,\r\n\r\n I'm a farmer looking to buy (30 or more acres)or lease farmland (any acreage) in southern warren county. Please contact me at\r\n\r\nthanks
Brian Kirby
08 Mar 2011, 19:26
Hello,\r\nI would like to lease small acreage to put some sheep on year round in the parsippany area.\r\nOpen to any and all options as I know my options are few in this area.\r\nThank you\r\
02 Mar 2011, 09:18
Hi,\r\n\r\nI am interested in buying preserved farmland in New Jersey. Please contact me if you are interested in selling one.\r\n\r\nMany thanks.\r\n\r\nAJ\r\naa33 @ optonline net
Pete brittain
31 Jan 2011, 08:25
I have 53 acres of preserved land on the upper freehold/ mercer county boarder in Hamilton township. I am looking to explore leasing to any agricultural operation. The land is flat and dry and close to minutes from 195 and nj turnpike. Anyone interested please contact me at 609-529-6520
Rick Phillips
18 Jan 2011, 17:38
I have a 33 acre farm which is in the farmland preservation program located in Jobstown NJ Burlington County. Its been in the Family for over 200 years. Big old farm house 4 BD, 3.5 Bath. Old Wood frame barn and detatched 6 bay garage w/2 possible apartments over it. Plenty of pastures small amount of woods. lawns galore. Zillions of daffidols bloom in the spring. Would like to sell it. Buildings need a little work. Please email me for more information. Thank you
30 Nov 2010, 09:47
FOR SALE***17+ acre preserved farmland in New Egypt,N.J.custom 4bdrm 2.5 baths, indoor spa/jacuzzi free form pool wooded /pasture with pond,riding trails, PRIVACY PLUS DREAM...609-758-0464....Serious only..Novelle
Corrie M.
19 Oct 2010, 18:25
I am looking for property in southern NJ that is available for lease or up for sale. We need room for at least 30 horses, preferably with an indoor arena. I know they are hard to come by. But any information would be widely welcome. Thank you much! Corrie\r\n
02 May 2010, 07:38
Looking for farm or land above 5 acres with farm assesment for purchase in NJ.
Gina Howell NJ
24 Mar 2010, 19:53
FARM FOR SALE..HOWELL NJ ... 101.5 acres . 52 farmable . contact me if interested
05 Mar 2010, 08:29
I run an apiary of 60 honey bee hives here in Somerset County. You may have seen me at the Somerset County 4H fair. I volunteer as the beekeeping club leader. I've also been at several events such as the Northeast Organic Farming Association's winter conference at Rutgers.\r\nI'm trying to reach out to farmers in our area to see if they need some honey bees for the fast approaching Spring pollination. Last year several farmers got in touch with us, because their beekeeper had not installed bees early enough to meet their bloom. Their delay significantly hurt their pollination and crop production. \r\n\r\nRecent research has shown the following increase in crop production with hives in close proximity:\r\nCrop Minimum # of Hives per acre Crop increase due to honeybee pollination Source\r\n Almonds 6 none without honeybeesDepartment of Primary Industries, Australia \r\n Apples 5 up to 2900%Department of Primary Industries, Australia\r\n Apricots 3 up to 72% Department of Primary Industries, Australia\r\n Cherries 3 up to 1700% Department of Primary Industries Australia\r\n Pear 3 up to 960%Department of Primary Industries, Australia\r\n Peach 3 up to 180% Department of Primary Industries, Australia\r\n Pumpkins 3 up to 78%American Societ for Horticultural Science\r\n\r\nI have about 40 hives still availible for pollination.
25 Feb 2010, 18:51
interested in farmland,small central area if possible crops livestock etc.
04 Feb 2010, 10:24
I have a nice farm in Deerfield Twp., Bridgeton, N.J. 21.8 acres includes farmhouse, barn, and outside buildings. Looking to sell. Would be wonderful for a horse farm, nursery, or crops. Have lowered the price and would like to sell myself. Farm has been in the family for over 100 yrs. Please email me at\r\nThank-you\r\nLinda
30 Jan 2010, 17:34
we are looking for farmland in ocean county, nj, or hunterdon ,sussex,warren counties. Live in Morris county, and not sure if we want to stay in this area or travel south.
16 Oct 2009, 18:13
I am looking for 20+ acres of farm land in Monmouth county to start an equestrian boarding and training facility. There can be existing barn, fencing etc, or I will build a new facility. Please contact me if you know of anything. I'm tired of searching endlessly on realtor websites.
Dr James C. Totten
06 Sep 2009, 05:49
Owner of beautiful preserved farm of 80 acres looking for caretaker in Morris County, worker for exchange for room and board and small stipend, possible partnership,experience preferred but hard worker more important, presently farming approximately 8 acres of organic vegetables, would like to expand to livestock,nursery, organic fruits, also looking for a nurseryman for exchange of room and board/partnership, small retail farmstand present on property to sell nursery products etc contact me at or 973-723-9320 james totten
Alberto Adame
01 Jul 2009, 18:10
Experienced nurseryman and landscaper,father of four and about to loose his home.Looking for a farm/house to move in and work or perhaps become partners on the nursery/landscaping business.You supply the farm I supply my experience and equipment.PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Patrick ford
17 Jun 2009, 00:15
I have 27 acres in upper deefield, nj i anyone is interest you can email me at, with an ideal price. it is open land with some treelines through and through it is very niceeeee!!! land, and area. it has an old barn on the property but i will take care of the demolition, the land is also about .4th of a mile off the road with a couple neighbors down the lane.Thank you,\r\nPat
12 Jun 2009, 07:21
I have 14 acres that have received classification as Woodland in Passaic County. I would entertain someone's bid to purchase.
Joe Deir
23 May 2009, 12:37
I will work for room and board and some pay. I am recently divorced and am done crying in my beer. I am 53 in good shape and ready to leave the city and ready to work.\r\n\r\nJoe\r\n708-289-3143
Gil Verwey
12 May 2009, 05:37
I have 48.02 acres for sale in Jackson, Ocean County NJ. The property has 12 cleared acres. I am applying for Forrest Stewartship for the rest. The property is bordered by a County Park in the rear and across the street is a State Park. There is a Pinelands Certificate of Filing which is transferrable to a new owner. The property is approved for a single family home, 19,200 sq ft barn, 40 X 50 outbuilding, traditional septic system and parking lot. Survey, plot plan, perk test and soil analysis completed. The current plan is to build a horse boarding facility with an indoor riding arena. There is only one house that borders the property and I own that also. It can be purchased in a package deal. The property is convieent to the Horse Park of NJ, I-195 and the NJ Turnpike. There are endless trails to ride bordering the property or ride on your own 48 acres. Build the house and barn of your dreams the way you want it. Apply for farmland preservation when complete and pay for most of the lot price. \r\n\r\nEmail me for more information. \r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nGil Verwey \r\n\r\n
25 Mar 2009, 08:20
Hi,\r\n\r\n I am interested in buying farmland close to North NJ. Please send me the info and pics if anyone has one for sale. \r\n\r\nthanks,\r\nArshad
Heather Garrett-Muly
19 Feb 2009, 12:27
Hi Paul,\r\nI have two properties currently listed that you might be interested in. One is a home with 7.41 Acres in Wall. The owners have been preparing it to meet the requirements for farm assessment. Hose bibs, elec 5 acre fenced etc. The house is a 4/5 bd house with in-ground pool, gazebo, renovated with a gourmet kitchen. The property is surrounded by Allaire State Park. Adjoining this property, also up for sale, is an additional 6+ acres vacant land. Opportunity to own a total of almost 14 acres with a beautiful home. Contact me if you are interested. Heather with Better Homes and Gardens Mary Holder
22 Dec 2008, 20:07
14+ and 5 acre parcel Land for sale in ocean county NJ.e-mail
casey M
09 Nov 2008, 09:57
I am looking for a very small farm- a few acres. committed to preservation and community food sources.
04 Nov 2008, 08:00
We are interested in farmland in Gloucester, Salem, or Cumberland counties. Please contact me if you have any info on available farmland with 20 acres or more.\r\nThanks!
04 Aug 2008, 16:48
wanted to find out if i can get some land for free..
Barbara K.
10 Jul 2008, 17:44
if any one interesting for more information,please writte for this e mail address,small farm located in vineland,about 25 acres,needs a lot care,very good location,thank jersey
09 Jul 2008, 15:00
There are four farms under farmland preservation for sale in Long Valley, Morris County, New Jersey on Rte 513.
dolores jenkisn
19 Jun 2008, 13:51
I am a licensed realtor in New Jersey\r\nI have been with Weichert Realtors for 25 straight years.\r\n\r\nyes, I do have knowledge of horse farms, land preservation trust and farmland preservation.\r\n\r\nYes, I have land\r\nYes, I have horsefarms\r\n\r\nYou can reach me at\r\nor my cell 732 740 7799 for speed
12 Jun 2008, 04:53
I know of farmland available for sale in Ocean county. It's my friends farm. contact me privately by email\r\n\r\nBree
11 Jun 2008, 08:39
Curious about farms available in NJ
10 Jun 2008, 15:30
HELP! I can't take the office anymore! \r\n\r\nSITUATION WANTED:\r\n\r\nI am looking to work on a farm in NJ that includes room and board and a small stipend. I have no formal agricultural experience, but I'm a hard worker and a fast learner. I currently live in Madison, in Morris County, and I'm willing to relocate to any part of the state. Thank you.
23 May 2008, 01:16
I am looking to buy a farm in New Jersey that is under the farmland preservation program and none of the real estates I've been to are helpful.Can someone provide me real esates that are geared more towards dealing with farms for sale? In monmouth or mercer counties?\r\nThanks Tamara
08 Apr 2008, 07:09
* Going up FOR SALE soon! beautiful Boonton Twp.,Morris County NJ. 10+acres w/ FARM ASS. 6 bed.,4 bath,Custom Built Country Home w/ huge stone fireplace in Great Room w/ cath. ceiling. Beams through-out. Built 3oyrs ago. Lots of privacy,sits back from road on dead end street. Inground concrete pool w/ waterfall, small pond located/side of property, just beyond open field, perfect for horses. Woods surround, backs to protected park land W/ RIDING TRAILS(Pyramid Mtn.)Once a farm w/ lots of animals! Well built home, just needs updating. Mountain Lakes HS. I'm Ready to RETIRE & dwn-size!!
08 Mar 2008, 07:34
Hi Paul, I read your letter reguarding your interest in purchasing a farm. My family owns a large farm in Howell NJ , 101.5 arces. If your interested please email me and we could talk, the farm is in a great location . Really nice farm!, or 732-740-8610 Gina
Paul Jackson
18 Jan 2008, 09:35
I am interested in purchasing farm land. I would prefer around Ocean County in NJ. There is one house that is for sale and I think it could qualify as farm land. Problem is, it is in forclosure and the bank selling is not helpful with information. I was wondering if you could help me with this or any other farm for sale. Please get back to me as soon as you can with information or where I can go to for more help and information.\r\nThank You,\r\nPaul.

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