Monday, June 3, 2013

Organization of the Week: Hunterdon Land Trust

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Hunterdon Land Trust. In 1996 Hunterdon County was slowly becoming threatened by the emergence of increasing suburban sprawl in what was once a rural community. Worried about the effects of development and of increased pollution on air and water quality, a group of volunteers  created the Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance to protect the rural character and natural resources of Hunterdon County. Now known as The Hunterdon Land Trust, the organization preserves and stewards land, promoting a sustainable community. The work of the Hunterdon Land Trust protects clean air and water, and promotes a local food system.

The Trust has helped protect more than 6,000 acres of farmland and open space, and owns and manages nature preserves throughout Hunterdon County, including the historic Dvoor Farm in Flemington. In 2007, the Trust started a seasonal farmers’ market at this historic farmstead, paying homage to the deep agricultural roots of Hunterdon County's past. In addition to land preservation, the Trust actively maintains and acts as a steward in historic preservation of this historic 1798 farmstead.

The Hunterdon Land Trust relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Hunterdon Land Trust or to become a member or volunteer, please call 908-237-4582 or visit

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