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Nov 01, 2019

Monmouth Conservation Foundation Preserves Colts Neck Farm

Along the quickly developing Route 34 corridor in Colts Neck, Monmouth Conservation Foundation has just ensured a 41-acre farm will never be developed. The 41-acre farm, owned by the de Groot family, sits tucked away on the northbound side of Route 34. Together with the State Agriculture Development Committee, the County of Monmouth and the Township of Colts Neck, the farm was preserved, ensuring the fertile soils and open lands are available for future generations of farming.

“We knew we wanted to see the land preserved,” explained the de Groots, who made the decision to preserve their family farm, not once, but twice. First, when the family preserved a 20-acre piece in 2005, and now the family has just preserved the remaining 40-acre portion of the property, forever uniting the 60 acres as their family farm and forever protecting the natural resources of the land for the benefit of the entire community.

Executive Director for Monmouth Conservation Foundation William Kastning added, “New Jersey’s farmlands are some of the best soils for agriculture in the nation, and Colts Neck boasts excellent farmland that is under serious threat of development. We would like to honor the decision of the de Groot family who chose to protect the land for future generations.”

This farm is the second land preservation milestone reached by MCF in the last two months. Another farm in Colts Neck was preserved in October.

When a landowner decides to preserve their farm, they sell their right to develop the property further, but still remain the private owner of the farm. The land is then permanently restricted with an agriculture easement to ensure it is never developed. There is no public access to the land without the farmer’s consent. However, farmland preservation does provide a dual public benefit: by ensuring that the agricultural soils and other natural resources found on the land remain intact for future use and by preserving the rural character of the area. For more information about land preservation, contact the Monmouth Conservation Foundation preservation at 732-671-7000 or visit