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Courtesy of Adopt an Acre | Attending the easement settlement of the DeBoeser farm, Penn Township, were, from left, Charles DeBoeser; his wife, Margaret DeBoeser; Dr. Barton Smith, Adopt an Acre president; Ted Noble; Dan Brennan; and Scott Poch.

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Wednesday January 27, 2016 12:01 AM

Adopt an Acre Inc. recently preserved a 10-acre crop farm in Penn Township owned by Charles and Margaret DeBoeser.

The farm on Zeigler Road has been in Margaret DeBoeser's family for many years.  "I was raised on this land, and we both really wanted it to stay in farming," she said in a statement.  Adopt an Acre and Berks County partnered to secure the Agricultural Conservation Easement for the land.

Adopt an Acre President Dr. Barton Smith called it an exciting event for the nonprofit organization as it moves forward with its mission to save farmland for future generations.

"This is the third farm we have been instrumental in preserving since 2010," Smith said in a news release.  "Keeping agriculture active on small farms such as this one serves us all in many ways, including providing a perfect habitat for wildlife."

The DeBoesers chose to donate the major portion of the easement, rather than seeking compensation, to assure the land would be protected from development, he said.

Adopt an Acre Inc. was organized in 2004 and has been raising funds for farmland preservation for 11 years.