The Sigismondi family of Manalapan was honored with an official proclamation from the Manalapan Township Committee at the last Township Committee meeting for their commitment to farmland preservation.
The Sigismondi family preserved 98-acres of farmland along Dey Grove Road in Manalapan on September 11, 2012 through the Planning Incentive Grant (PIG).
The preservation of this farm marks the 200,000 acre of preserved farmland in the state of New Jersey. The state has recognized this as an “extraordinary achievement, underscoring New Jersey’s reputation as a national leader in farmland preservation,” Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen read from the proclamation.
It has taken the Sigismondi family about three and a half years to get the farm recognized by the state to be preserved, according to Deputy Mayor Don Holland.
The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved the contribution of $57,667 toward a development easement purchase of the farm in late April. The state contributed $216,264 and Manalapan paid $168,426 toward the $442,359 purchase price.
The Sigismondi's have also preserved a farm on Millhurst Road in Manalapan one year ago. “This family has more than done their share,” Holland said.
Preserving farmland helps prevent overdevelopment and keeps taxes from rising, Cohen said. As preserved farmland, the Sigismondi farm will remain a part of Manalapan Township’s landscape forever.