Montgomery County Farmland Preservation
The Montgomery County Farmland Preservation Program purchases agricultural easements on productive farms in Montgomery County. When the easement is sold, the owner keeps the land but no longer has the right to build non-agricultural buildings. The land must remain in farming in perpetuity. The farmer may sell the land, but the new owner must continue to grow productive crops or pasture on it. Applying to the program is voluntary. For information on the program, contact Danielle Weiden at 610-278-5239.
Program StatusAs of December 2016, there are 158 farms preserved in Montgomery County under the farmland preservation program. These farms total over 9,200 acres. In Pennsylvania there are 4,977 preserved farms in 58 participating counties; 522,545 acres total. Application material is available below and in the Montgomery County Planning Commission office.
FundingFunding for the program comes from both the county and state, and sometimes, the municipality. The Montgomery County Commissioners may allocate money each year to preserve farms in Montgomery County. The remainder of the funding comes from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through cigarette taxes, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, and other sources. A township or borough may contribute money to preserve a farm within its own boundaries.
2017 Keep farming Conference
Over 100 people attended Keep Farming in Montgomery County: A Conference Focusing on Sustaining Farming for the Future, which took place on February 10, 2017 in Franconia Township. Sponsored by Montgomery County in conjunction with active cosponsors, this was the fifth farming conference to be offered by the county. The conference, another step in helping to preserve farmland and the farming industry, focused on major topics of interest to farmers including funding sources for on-farm improvements, emerging sectors of the marketplace, soil health, diversifying farm products, and transitioning farms to the next generation.
(April 26, 2016)
- (April 2014)
- Agricultural Conservation Easement Sale Application (print, complete, and return)
- Application, Evaluation, and Selection Information
- Farmland Preservation Program Summary
- Farm Board Meetings
- Farmland Preservation Newsletter
- Direct from the Farm: A Guide to Buying Local in Montco (FlippingBook Version)
- Calendar of Events
- Montgomery County Local Food Initiative
- Montgomery County Agencies for Farmers
- Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Board