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From Today's Sunbeam


Dec. 30 , 2009

Sixty acres of farmland permanently preserved in Alloway Township

By Phil Dunn

ALLOWAY TWP. — After spending 20 years restoring their rustic farmland home here, Jack and Deborah Cianfrani finally have a sense of completion.

The final step came recently when they permanently preserved 60 acres of farmland surrounding their home at Cedar Hollow Farm.

“We’d wanted to do this for a long time,” Jack said. “Salem County has a lot of preserved land and that makes it a very nice place to live.”

Although the Cianfranis continue to own the property, which straddles Quaker Neck Road, it is now permanently deed-restricted for agricultural use. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation purchased development rights to the Cianfrani farm with state and federal funding for $484,000.

“Salem County already has more than 200 preserved farms and we’re thrilled to be able to add the Cianfrani property,” said Michele S. Byers, executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation. “We hope this will encourage nearby property owners to consider permanently preserving their farms and woods.”

In addition to the farmland, a wooded 10-acre section of the Cianfrani property adds to its conservation value. It contains wetlands and a headwaters tributary of the Alloway Creek, and is near the Salem River Greenway and Burden Hill Forest.

“Preserving the Cianfrani property helps protect water quality and prime soils,” said Tom Drewes, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “We are pleased to be able to participate in this important investment in South Jersey’s agricultural future.”


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