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.
Program StatusAs of June 2016, there are 157 farms preserved in Montgomery County under the farmland preservation program. These farms total 9,230 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.
Register today for Keep Farming in Montgomery County: A Conference Focusing on Sustaining Farming for the Future. This free event will take place on February 10, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Banquet Hall of the Franconia Heritage Restaurant, 508 Harleysville Pike, Telford. Sponsored by Montgomery County in conjunction with active cosponsors, this is the fifth farming conference to be offered by the county. The conference, another step in helping to preserve farmland and the farming industry, will focus 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. For further information, contact Danielle Weiden at email@example.com or 610-278-5239.
(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
- Calendar of Events
- Montgomery County Agencies for Farmers
- Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Board