$95M in farmland preservation grants for N.J.

LAWRENCE – Gov. Chris Christie this morning signed authorization of $95 million in farmland preservation grants, a move that he said will keep the “garden in the garden state.”

Christie signed the bills at Terhune Orchards in Lawrence.

Included in that package are $39 million in county incentive planning grants. This particular part of the package will help some 16 counties.

The other two elements include $23 million in municipal planning grants to 43 towns, including East Amwell and Hopewell, and $8.8 million in grants to nonprofits.

The grants will help preserve some 11,500 acres. The state has already preserved more than 200,000 acres in farmland.

He encouraged customers to purchase fruits and vegetables and support the vital agricultural industry.

“Everyone enjoys Jersey Fresh produce,” he said.

  $95M in farmland preservation grants for N.J.