Shane Hadden, Chair & Secretary
Term to expire 12/31/2020
Chip Jones, Vice-Chair & Assistant Secretary
Term to expire 12/31/2019
Term to expire 12/31/2022
John R. Stoltzfus
Term to expire 12/31/2018
Term to expire 12/31/2020
The Land Preservation Committee was established in 2005 and the first meeting was held February 2006. The committee manages the Land Preservation Program and provides recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the purchase of land easements. This is a five-member committee of volunteers.
The Land Preservation Committee meets six times per year on the odd number months. The first meeting in January is conducted at 8:00 am, followed by a Farmer’s Breakfast at 9:00 am which includes presentations on agricultural topics. The remaining five meetings are conducted on the third Tuesday of odd numbered months at 7:00 pm.* Click here for the complete 2018 meeting schedule.
*Exception: The May meeting has been moved to May 22, 2018 due to conflict with the Primary Election.
In the news!
Click here to read about Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation efforts. To date, 5,000 farms statewide have been preserved for agricultural production.
Click here to read about the Brandywine Conservancy grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
Click here to read about the latest grant made in July 2015 to preserve a Honey Brook Township farm.
Transferable Development Rights
Agricultural easements are not the only way by which landowners can protect property from development. Development rights may be moved from one property to another through the Transfer of Development Rights, or TDRs.
Read about TDRs by clicking here.
Click here to read a Q&A about TDRs.
Agricultural Security Area (ASA).
Before a farm can be considered for preservation, it must be part of the Township’s Agricultural Security Area (ASA). The Honey Brook Township Agricultural Security Area was established by Resolution 10-1988 and renewed with Resolution 7-1997. Other resolutions have added to the ASA over the years: Resolution 16-1991, , Resolution 2-2002, Resolution 8-2010, Resolution 9-2002, Resolution 1-2004, Resolution 2-2007, Resolution 6-2010, Resolution 8-2010, and Resolution 8-2012. The ASA is typically reviewed every seven years, and is in review in 2016. Want to know more about ASAs? Read this fact sheet provided by the Brandywine Conservancy.
Read more about the ASA by clicking here.
The Department of Agriculture is offering its CHEMSWEEP program in 19 counties, including Chester County, in 2018. Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in these 19 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely before they become a safety hazard or an environmental concern. Licensed pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, and commercial pesticide application businesses are eligible if they complete the CHEMSWEEP registration and inventory form (available by mail or online) and return it to the Department of Agriculture by February 28, 2018. CHEMSWEEP covers the disposal cost for the first 2,000 pounds per participant. Above that level, participants are billed at the Ag Department’s contracted price. Click here for more information or visit the CHEMSWEEP Program page of the Pennsylvania Department of Ag website for complete details (including a link to the registration form).
Chester County Agricultural Producers’ Meeting
The Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) invites all farmers to the 2018 Chester County Agricultural Producers’ Meeting on Wednesday, March 7, at Shady Maple in East Earl, PA from 8:30 am until noon. Keynote speaker will be Chris Strohmaier, who will discuss the history of the CCCD and how it has adapted to changes in agriculture and regulatory policy. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by March 5 to be included in the lunch count by calling 610-925-4920, x100. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the event. For more information, click here.
Conservation Plan Writing Workshop
Most farms are required by Pennsylvania law to have either a conservation plan or an agricultural erosion & sediment control plan. The Chester County Conservation District (CCCD), in conjunction with Penn State University, is offering a conservation plan writing workshop that will allow farmers to write their own plans for free. Farmers need to attend both days of a two-part workshop on March 13 and 21, 2018. Both parts of the 2-part workshop will be held at the Lower Oxford Township Building, 220 Township Road, Oxford. Refreshments and lunch will be served both days. To RSVP, please contact Dan Miloser at 610-925-4920, x 115 no later than March 6, 2018 so that maps of your farm may be made prior to the first workshop. For more information, click here.
Manure Management Workshops
The Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) is hosting four Manure Management Workshops to help farmers develop a Chapter 91 Manure Management Plan as required by Pennsylvania Law. During each workshop, CCCD staff will discuss Manure and Nutrient Management regulations and assist attendees with development of their plans. On March 28, 2018, the workshop will be held at the Honey Brook Township Administration Building. All-day attendees will be provided with refreshments and lunch. The event is free, but registration is required by contacting Laurell Bostdorf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-925-4920, x 100. For more details, click here.
Other Farming Information
Click here for the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau’s Farming Facts brochure.
Spotted Lanternfly Information
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued information related to the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an exotic insect pest native to China, India, and Vietnam. The Spotted Lanternfly was first found in Berks County in 2014 and has since spread to several surrounding counties. See the complete map of affected counties as of November 4, 2017 by clicking here. An updated map of Spotted Lanternfly distribution may be found by clicking here.
The Spotted Lanternfly can feed on a variety of over 70 plants such as grapes, cherries, maples, stone fruits, and the Tree of Heaven. For a chart of the signs of the Spotted Lanternfly, click here.
Other insects such as the Giant Leopard Moth and the Vigin Tiger Moth may be confused with the Spotted Lanternfly due to their appearance. When in doubt, report a suspicious moth to email@example.com.
Host removal and trap tree information may be found by clicking here.
Summary of Preserved Land
|Parcel #||Located on||Date Closed||Method||Acreage|
|22-8-7||N. Birdell Rd.||5/13/1997||S||96.266|
|22-5-39||Chestnut Tree Rd.||2000; amended 5/30/2008||Private||33|
|22-10-40*||Beaver Dam Rd.||2001||PP||47.3|
|22-4-47||White School Rd.||9/7/2005||TDR||10|
|confidential||S. Birdell Rd.||11/7/2007||Private||57.7|
|22-7-83||Cambridge Rd.||10/22/2007; amended 7/3/2008||C/CG/M||70.156|
|confidential||Welsh Rd.||12/17/2009||C/M, Private||67.816|
|22-7-29,||Pleasant View Rd./ Horseshoe Pk.||12/7/2009||C/CG/M||136.409|
|22-5-25||Chestnut Tree Rd.||9/23/2010||C/CG/M||39.679|
|22-3-46||Twin Valley Rd.||6/21/2011||C/CG/M||124.89|
|22-5-25,||Chestnut Tree Rd.||8/9/2012||C/S||29|
|(23-4-20 – West Nantmeal)|
|22-3-33,||Given Rd./Talbotville Rd.||12/18/2012||C/M||51.87|
|22-10-8||Beaver Dam Rd.||3/25/2013||C/S||99.74|
|22-4-11,||White School Rd.||12/13/2013||C/M, Private||80.49|
|22-10-9||Beaver Dam Rd.||12/13/2013||C/M||47.34|
|22-4-46, 22-4-48||Given Rd./ Talbotville Rd.||12/8/2014||C/M||73.443|
|22-8-17||N. Birdell Rd.||12/8/2014||C/M||92.72|
|22-8-22||N. Birdell Rd.||8/26/2015||C/M||20.9434|
|22-10-35*||Beaver Dam Rd.||9/22/2015||C/M||47.4054|
|22-7-49.1C||Pleasant View Rd||10/28/2015||C/M||56.913|
|22-4-69 22-4-76||White School Rd.||11/5/2015||C/M||123.303|
|22-7-63.1 22-7-64||Compass Rd.||3/22/2016||C/M||65.653|
|22-10-11.1 22-7-89.1 22-7-89.2||Park Rd.||9/16/2016||C/M/CG||43.41|
|22-10-44, 22-10-44.1||Beaver Dam Rd.||10/3/2016||C/M/CG||60.38|
|22-4-47||White School Rd.||10/6/2017||C/M/CG||95.02|
|22-9-28.1, 22-9-28.2||Beaver Dam Rd.||3/23/2017||C/M/CG||16.81|
|22-8-33, 22-8-33.1||N. Birdell Rd.||11/9/2017||21.8894|
|Total acres in HBT;||16,135||Total preserved acres||3982.853|
|Acres of farmland||11,109|
|Percentage total land preserved||24.89%||Percentage farmland preserved||34.03%|
|Acres pending preservation||388.534|
|C/S||= county/state ag pres program|
|CG||= challenge grant|
|C/M||= county/ municipal ag pres program|
|PP||= preservation partnership|
|TDR||= transfer of development rights|
|Private||= non-profit or other|
|*||= RC district; not farmland|
Last update: February 8, 2018