A 13.72 acre farm protected from development
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011
WERNERSVILLE — A 13.72 acre farm in North Heidelberg Township will become
the second farm protected from development by Adopt An Acre Inc. and the first
farm preserved under a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Berks
which places the county on the deed of easement as a co-grantee. The MOU, which
was adopted in 2009, guarantees that the County will defend the conservation
easement in perpetuity if ever challenged. No county funds will be used to
purchase the easement. The Ludwigs will receive $1,250 per acre from Adopt An
Acre Inc. A permanent deed restriction will be placed on the property which
ensures it will remain in agricultural use.
Owned by George and Faye Ludwig, this farm is adjacent to two farms preserved by
the Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board and the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. These two farms, owned by the Hook family, total more than 90
"It is important to preserve the small parcels next to the farms protected by Act 43," said
Sheila Miller, Berks County agricultural coordinator and board member of Adopt An Acre.
"The integrity of the cluster of preserved farms is maintained for production agriculture as a
result of Adopt An Acre's program that preserves small farms.
"If these farms are converted to other uses, there are more potential conflicts between
farmers and nonfarm neighbors who may not understand or appreciate the sounds and smells of normal farming operations," Miller said.
The Ludwigs applied to the nonprofit Adopt An Acre in November 2010. The county
commissioners consented to join with Adopt An Acre as a co-grantee on Dec. 8.
Settlementon the parcel's con-servation easement took place Dec. 14.
The Ludwigs, who bought their farm in 1969, lease their farmland to neighboring dairy
farmer Ernest Gelsinger. Since the farm was too small to qualify for the county's agricultural
land preserva-tion program, Adopt An Acre was able to step in to assist the Ludwigs in