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Posted on: June 21, 2019

Chester County Announces Opportunities for Farmland Preservation Program Funding

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Applications being accepted for Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

The Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation and the Agricultural Land Preservation Board are accepting applications for two competitive farm preservation programs funded by the Chester County Commissioners, the Chester County Farmland Preservation Program and the Chester County Challenge Grant Program. 

To date over 500 farms totaling more than 40,000 acres have been preserved in Chester County through these programs.

Both programs offer funds to qualifying Chester County farm owners who are interested in preserving their agricultural lands. The County pays farm owners for their development rights in exchange for a permanent agricultural conservation easement on the property.  The owner still owns the land and can sell or pass it on to the next generation as long as it remains in agriculture.

Farms with 10 acres or more are eligible for both programs if they are adjacent to other permanently preserved land.  For farms not adjacent to permanently preserved land, the acreage minimum is 50 acres for the Farmland Preservation Program and 25 acres for the Challenge Grant Program. 

The application deadline for both programs is Thursday August 1, 2019.

For more information, questions, applications and program guidelines visit chesco.org/openspace, contact Geoff Shellington at 610-344-6504, email gshellington@chesco.org, or visit the Department of Open Space Preservation at the Government Services Center, Suite 390, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester.

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