Protecting Our Wisest Pursuit: Farmland Preservation in New Jersey

The Historical Society of Princeton invites Members and friends to the 2017 Annual Meeting and Lewis B. Cuyler Lecture, to be held at the Nassau Club on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 PM.

With the recent one-year anniversary of the organization’s move to Updike Farmstead, this year the Historical Society will be highlighting New Jersey’s agricultural history with a lecture focusing on farmland preservation in the state.

It may surprise some to know that New Jersey—the most urbanized and densely populated state in the nation—is a leader in farmland preservation. Rutgers University’s Brian Schilling will discuss the history and impact of farmland preservation in the state, pointing out notable milestones over the program’s 34-year existence and its significance as a strategy to protect New Jersey’s rich agricultural heritage (and future). Important issues facing farmland preservation and the farmers that operate the land will be highlighted.

Brian Schilling is an Associate Extension Specialist of Agricultural Policy within Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Associate Professor of agricultural, food and resource economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. During his 23 years at the School, much of Dr. Schilling’s research has been focused on New Jersey farm viability, farmland preservation, and agricultural economic development at the urban-rural fringe. 

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please RSVP to the Historical Society at 609.921.6748 x105 or