TRENTON, N.J. – A bill allowing preserved farmlands to host special occasions events unanimously passed the state Assembly Thursday.
“We need to make sure when tourists plan to visit a New Jersey farm they get a chance to see all the amazing agricultural locations we have, even if it’s located in a low traffic area,” stated Dancer (R-Ocean). “By allowing preserved farmlands to host a wedding or another special occasion event, the owners will be able to have another revenue stream. If we have a way to keep our agricultural industry thriving by offering farmers an alternate way to make money while marketing their agricultural products, then it’s our responsibility to do so.”
The legislation (A-2773), introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, would allow preserved farmlands to host special occasion events up to 14 times a year in a non-residentially-exposed area and seven special occasion events if the preserved farmland is located in a residentially-exposed area. This would not apply to wineries, cideries, meaderies, breweries, or distilleries.
The Garden State is known for having some of the most beautiful farmlands in the country, so much so, that farmlands have now become a central part of tourism in New Jersey. Tourists visiting farms has created more avenues for New Jersey farmers to make extra income.
Thriving farmlands are the foundation of a healthy agricultural industry and Dancer understands the importance of making sure this industry keeps thriving. He wants farmlands with low traffic areas to be a central part of New Jersey’s agritourism system.
Currently, preserved farmland is only allowed to be used for agricultural reasons.