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SADC Adds to Roster of Preserved Farmland in Hamilton

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2002


Hope Gruzlovic




SADC LogoThe State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has purchased the 48-acre former Bielanski farm in Hamilton - the third township farm it has purchased within the past nine months, Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus announced today.

"Farmland preservation is an important component of smart growth in communities like Hamilton that are under a high degree of development pressure," said Kuperus, who chairs the SADC. "The purchase of this farm and the pace of our preservation efforts in the township demonstrate our real commitment to retaining an overall high quality of life in Hamilton and a vital agricultural industry in our state."

Hamilton is the eighth largest municipality in the state with a population of approximately 90,000.

The Bielanski farm is located at Yardville-Allentown and Merrick roads. It is directly opposite the 100-acre Samu farm, preserved in 1999, and the 43-acre former Hunt farm, which was purchased by the SADC for preservation in July 2001. The SADC purchased the Bielanski farm for $536,866 from the Bielanski Corp V - a family-owned corporation that had leased the property to a local farmer for field crop production.

The announcement was made at the nearby former Lengyen farm, which was purchased by the SADC in December 2001 with cost-sharing assistance from Mercer County and Hamilton.

Kuperus also announced that, as part of the preservation of the Lengyen farm, the public will be able to access the Doctors Creek trail corridor that passes through the farm under an agreement that provides Hamilton with a public access easement.

A total of nine farms covering 861 acres have been preserved in Hamilton since the Farmland Preservation Program's inception in 1983.

To date, 668 farms covering approximately 90,000 acres have been preserved statewide.