Montgomery County Farmland Preservation

Program Overview


The Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program, also known as the 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 Anne Leavitt-Gruberger at 610-278-3727.

Program Status

As of March 2019, there are 165 farms preserved in Montgomery County under the farmland preservation program. These farms total 9,660 acres. In Pennsylvania there are 5,462 preserved farms in 59 participating counties; 562,920 acres total. Application material is available below and in the Montgomery County Planning Commission office.

The Farmland Preservation Program provides the Planning Commission with an annual summary  of its efforts and activities to support agriculture in Montgomery County. This link is to an ESRI story map illustrating the farms preserved in 2018, examples of supportive publications and photos from events held.

Funding

Funding 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. 

Events

AgbrewCulture


MCPC held two AgBrewCulture events in 2018 to connect farmers with the county's growing brewing industry. These events were funded by a grant through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.


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.  


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