[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Logan 11-10-1982 by Ord. No. 4-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township of Logan recognizes that the industry of farming is a natural right and that this industry has been a main source of income and occupation and has been of substantial benefit to the public at large by providing wholesome and fresh foods and farm products to the community as a source of legitimate income and employment and to future generations by the preservation of open space and the benefits to be derived therefrom.
The right to farm exists through the Township of Logan where it is specifically permitted by Zoning Ordinance and where it exists, at the time of the adoption of this chapter, as a nonconforming use.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The use of the land for the growing and harvesting of crops, buildings for housing seasonal workers for the farmer's own use, barns, packing but not processing of produce raised on the premises, storage buildings and buildings for the keeping of equipment and trucks used in farm operations, facilities for cold storage and hydrocooling, which land shall contain no less than five acres, exclusive of the land upon which the farmhouse is located and such additional land as may actually be used in connection with the farmhouse as provided in N.J.S.A. 54:4-23.3, 4-23.4, 4-23.5 and 4-23.11.
Farming shall include all recognized methods and types as pertains to the growing of crops throughout the country as a whole. The right to farm includes the uses, methods and activities that have been proven and recognized as effective in the past, that are acceptable in the present and that may be effective and acceptable in the future and that are considered reasonable and necessary in the industry throughout the country as a whole and which are conducted in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices. Agricultural uses, methods and activities shall include but not be limited to the following:
The right to maintain roadside markets as defined in the use regulations in the Logan Township Zoning Ordinance.
Replenishment of soil nutrients as recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
The control of pests and diseases affecting plants and the control of weeds by the use of products approved by the United States government according to label instructions, as recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The harvesting of timber, clearing of woodlands to expand agricultural production and the installation of physical facilities for soil and water conservation in compliance with the Gloucester County Soil Conservation Commission approved practices.
The use of irrigation pumps and equipment for agricultural use. A priority water use for agriculture, second only to human consumption and household needs, is hereby recognized, provided the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Environmental Protection has authorized the diversion of water.
On-site handling and disposal of organic wastes and materials in accordance with accepted management practices.
Aerial and ground seeding and spraying on farms in accordance with accepted management practices.
Temporary housing facilities for farm workers actually working on the farm in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Logan Township Code.
The erection of barns, tool sheds, greenhouses and other buildings customarily accessory to farms whose designs are in accordance with standard plans of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
The right to farm and the acceptable practices incidental to farming may have to occur on holidays, Sundays, weekends and at night as well as during normal working hours, and such working conditions are recognized as incidental to farming.
The normal noise, odors, dust and fumes that are caused by farming activities are specifically permitted when reasonable and when necessary for that particular agricultural use, provided the activity is conducted in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices.
Nothing herein shall be construed as exempting farming uses from the applicable restrictions and regulations of the federal, state and township health and sanitary statutes, ordinances and regulations.
A resolution adopting comments of the Logan Township Planning Board pertaining to an ordinance recognizing the right to farm within the Township of Logan, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, which has been adopted by the Logan Township Council, is hereby incorporated into this chapter by reference.