$1M to Preserve Large West Deptford Farm

This much "contiguous land is a rare find," says Gloucester County's freeholder director.

More than 100 acres of West Deptford farmland is on track for permanent preservation through Gloucester County’s Farmland Preservation Program, Freeholder Director Robert Damminger announced today.

The 106-acre George H. Urban Farm had been targeted for inclusion in the program since its inception. And the Urban family fought off development offers for years, according to a 2001 Philadelphia Inquirer article.

“This property has been in the Urban family since 1938 and has been an active farm every since. It is one of the last large active farm parcels remaining in West Deptford Township and it is adjacent to more than 42-acres of previously preserved open space,” Damminger said in a statement.

“We are fortunate to be able to preserve 106 acres in West Deptford Township—that much contiguous land is a rare find.”

County freeholders will vote to authorize the farm’s development rights, agreement of sale and other documents at their meeting tonight, Oct. 17. If all goes well, settlement should occur in the next few weeks.

The farm costs $1,010,800 to preserve, an amount based on a certified value by the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), according to the county. Gloucester County is eligible for about $600,000 in reimbursement from SADC. The remaining costs will be covered by the county’s open space funds.

Urban Farm straddles Ogden Station Road and includes field crops and vegetables.

“The county is grateful that the Urban family has now chosen to preserve the property through the Farmland Preservation Program,” Damminger said, “as this will ensure that the property’s agricultural operations remain in place in perpetuity and that its rich agricultural heritage will never be lost.”

What do you think about Urban Farm getting preserved? Tell us in the comments.

My Town Too October 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Westwood, you call out private citizens by name in a blatant lie. They never had an offer, it was a rumor that floated around town. There are no Zoning applications to back up your claim. The Committee never stopped anything you claim. They have no ax to grind and have never "cried". However if I were a golf course owner in WD I would be crying; Why should their tax dollars pay for the business competitor? Think about that for just a minute before you place an upstanding citizen's name in print in a negative manner. Have you no shame? I have flagged your comment be removed.
F.B.EYE October 19, 2012 at 07:50 AM
I guess this takes the whole meaning of URBAN DEVELOPMENT. \ more land is what we need.the previous administration had nothing to do with it. too much concrete and asphalt in this town. remember the days of RAINBOW LAKE. The singing bridge also known as the whitebridge.Riley's custard stand.and most of all parkway drive-in.those were the days.A TOWN WITHOUT CORRUPTION.
leaveonetree October 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Is it me, or do others find it amusing that a resident from Kings Crossing, you know, the developement just down the street that use to be part of the Urban farm, states how happy they are that the land next to their house will stay farm land for ever. I for one am glad it is staying farm land but I just found it a bit ironic. A Nimby response if i ever heard one and you constituional right. Now, if they ever dig into the transactions on that developer and that land, you would see an ex mayor and ex bank president most certainly profitted personally on that deal........oh, so did the "Urbans" they great steward residents of WD I saw mentioned above
NOB HILL October 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
OVER DEVELOPEMENT..... the house that's built after mine!
WestDeptford Green October 25, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Um, maybe you should get your facts straight before you print stuff that isn't true. Kings Crossing WAS NOT part of the "Urban farm", EVER!!!. The only land they sold was in Mickleton. So before you bash a hard, working, great respectful guy, do your research!!!


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