A Berks County farm has been added to the ranks of preserved farmland in the county.
The state Agricultural Land Preservation Board voted to preserve nearly 15 acres in Perry Township that belong to Marie M. Hill, according to state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks.
Schwank applauded the approval.
“Farming is an economic powerhouse and a leading industry in Pennsylvania and it can only stay vibrant if land is preserved for generations to come,” she said.
The property, which is valued at $35,000, will now be preserved from non-agricultural development.
“It is critical that farming remains viable and it can be if farmland is protected from commercial development,” Schwank said.
Pennsylvania is a national leader in preserving farmland.
Statewide 4,860 farms totaling 514,022 acres have been preserved since the program’s inception. In Berks County, 697 farms consisting of 69,361 acres have been preserved. Berks County has preserved more acreage of farmland than any other county in the state program.