The Conservancy preserved the Syberg Farm on December 10 in partnership with The Sussex County Agriculture Development Board, preserving a 109 acre farm in Stillwater Township, Sussex County. This beautiful hay farm backs up to the Paulins Kill and was previously approved as a 19 lot residential subdivision. Ken and Cheryl Syberg bought the farm rather than see it developed, and were enthusiastic when The Conservancy asked them to consider farmland preservation. The Land Conservancy obtained a non-profit cost-share grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) and subsequently received a matching grant from Sussex County Agriculture Development Board to complete the transaction.
“It was an honor to work with Ken Syberg to preserve this farm, which is valued not only for its agricultural production but for the preserved buffer it provides for the Paulins Kill. It all started with the Syberg’s vision for the land as a farm, rather than a residential subdivision,” said Sandy Urgo, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey Land Preservation Director. “We are very grateful to the State Agriculture Development Committee and the Sussex County Agriculture Development Board, for their partnership and assistance.” The farm is now permanently preserved as agricultural land and the easement is held and will be monitored by Sussex County.
On December 14, White Township purchased the Walburn Farm easement in partnership with the Warren County Agriculture Development Board. The Conservancy assisted the Township with the acquisition of this 23.4 acre easement that sits along Buckhorn Drive in the Township. The farm is owned by John Walburn and agricultural production on the farm includes hay, corn, and chickens. The land is adjacent to several other preserved farms and further extends a preserved farm belt into Harmony Township all the way to Merrill Creek Reservoir. Walburn farm will be a key addition to the permanent agricultural base in this portion of Warren County.
For more information about The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s Land Preservation Program or understanding what preservation options are available to you, please contact Land Preservation Director, Sandy Urgo at (973) 541-1010 x30 or firstname.lastname@example.org