Township of Hardwick, NJ
Warren County
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[See also Chapter 23, Right to Farm.]
[Ord. No. 2013-04]
The pursuit of horticultural, agricultural and animal husbandry are farming activities which are hereby recognized as a natural right which is entitled to be protected and entitled to be conducted and/or established as permitted by the terms of Chapter 13, Land Development and these pursuits also include the following activities under the general heading of "Right to Farm."
[Ord. No. 2013-04]
The right to farm includes:
The producing, from the land, agricultural products such as, but not limited to, vegetables, grains, hay, fruit, fibers, wood, plants, shrubs, flowers and seeds.
The use of land for grazing by animals.
The use of irrigation pumps and equipment. A priority water use for agricultural, second only to human consumption and household needs is hereby recognized.[1]
Editor's Note: Former Chapter 14, Land Use, previously codified herein and containing portions of Ordinances 11/4/87; 2-88, 5-89, 3-90, 91/6, 92-13 and 93-9 was repealed by Ordinance No. 96/4. See Chapter 13, Article VI for land use provisions.
The clearing of woodlands to expand production, the alteration of vegetation and terrain, the installation of physical facilities for soil and water conservation and the harvesting of timber.
The on-site handling and disposal of organic wastes and materials in accordance with acceptable management practices and the ability to replenish soil nutrients as recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station.
The ability to use federally approved products in accordance with the labeled instructions, as recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Station and/or United States Environmental Protection Agency, for the control of pests and diseases affecting plants and livestock and for the control of weed infestation and the aerial and ground seeding and spraying on farms in accordance with acceptable management practices.
The right and ability to conduct farming activities on holidays, Sundays and weekdays, in the evening and during the day, notwithstanding the production thereby of normal noise, dust, odors and fumes that are caused by such necessary activities when conducted in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practice.
[Ord. No. 2013-04]
The foregoing rights are subject to the restrictions and regulations of the State of New Jersey, the Township of Hardwick, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, including but not limited to zoning and land use ordinances and health and sanitary codes as they may be applicable.