Stories of Preservation

Betty Wold Johnson’s Historic Land Gift to D&R Greenway Land Trust

The family of the late Betty Wold Johnson has gifted to D&R Greenway the renowned philanthropist’s nearly 800-acre historic Hopewell farm, Hillside Farm, in Hopewell, New Jersey.

The purpose of these Land for Life Stories is to show inspirational models, different ways of preserving land, and landowner motivations. If you are a landowner and would like to discuss your options for preservation, please contact us here.

VIDEO – Divine Word Missionaries and Point Breeze Father Padovani of Divine Word Missionaries lived and served on the Point Breeze property for 60 of the 80 years that the Mission owned the land. At our May Gala, he spoke about his first sight of the property > Read More

VIDEO – The History of Point Breeze, Bordentown, NJ This short video celebrates the preservation story of Point Breeze, a 60-acre property preserved by New Jersey Green Acres, D&R Greenway Land Trust, and the City of Bordentown, New Jersey. An ecologically important property at the confluence of the > Read More

VIDEO – Phyllis Marchand:Until We See You Again Former D&R Greenway Chair and a true giant of conservation, Phyllis Marchand lost a 15-year battle with cancer. We remember Phyllis with great admiration and respect as we walk through Greenway Meadows in Princeton and Marchand Meadows at St. > Read More

VIDEO – Bridgewater Land Preservation Legacy Lives on For a Hero of WWII

102 Years on This Earth ~ On February 7, 2021, we lost a man who was a hero to D&R Greenway, to his hometown of Bridgewater Township, NJ, and to our nation.  At age 102, World War II veteran Bob Vaucher left > Read More

VIDEO – Celebrating New Acres Preserved near Lindbergh Property in East Amwell Dr. Elizabeth Tuby Kloner, discusses the saga that occurred during the nearby Lindbergh kidnapping. Otto Zizak will share his vision of a sustainable lifestyle and his farm-to-table restaurant ‘ottoburger’.

VIDEO – Preserved Land Honors History, Connects Generations More than 70 residents in Bridgewater, NJ were inspired to preserve 37 acres in their neighborhood after learning that George Washington’s troops marched and stayed on the land during the Revolutionary War. They were inspired by a 100-year-old World > Read More

VIDEO – Preserved Land Tells Stories of African Americans in Central New Jersey D&R Greenway worked with the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Sourland Conservancy to acquire land for their new headquarters and museum. This Land for Life Video tells how the preservation of land adjacent to a historic African > Read More

VIDEO – Matthews Farm: Preserved Land Maintains the Bonds of Family

Don and Pat Matthews of Montgomery Township, New Jersey have been farming the same land for nearly seven decades. Four generations of the family still live within four miles of the property, which has now been preserved forever thanks to > Read More

VIDEO – 3 Stories of Land Preservation

This video tells three important stories: how D&R Greenway Land Trust preserved 2,000 acres at Princeton Nurseries, 415 acres at St. Michaels Farm Preserve, thanks to a strong community fundraising effort, and Capital City Farm, where a vision of preservation > Read More

Preservation Enables Couple’s Retirement Goals

The Gift of a Beautiful View Helps One Couple with Retirement Goals For many years, John and Janet Powell enjoyed looking out their kitchen window onto open fields bordered by trees. They savored the beauty of “the red buds of > Read More

VIDEO – Financial Planning Inspires Land Preservation and Healing With Nature

Edie Howard and her husband, Charlie, preserved their 35-acre farm in Montgomery Township with D&R Greenway Land Trust in 2013. For Edie, her preserved land has come to hold a special meaning for her and her family. Edie says, “Land > Read More

Agricultural Easement Protects Beloved Local Farm

Windsor U-Pick Farms It just wouldn’t be Halloween without Windsor U-Pick.  The 51-acre farm is a beloved institution, especially in the fall – with pumpkins, hayrides and scary adventures for families and friends to share.  Schoolchildren are brought here on > Read More

Emily and Johan Firmenich Steward the Future

It must have been moonglow. An irresistible force — a magical marriage of love and devotion – drew Emily and Johan Firmenich to preserve an expanse of woods and fields on the outskirts of Princeton. Mountain View Road in Montgomery > Read More

Featured on National Television: Conservation Easement Keeps Historic Estate in Family

Click here to preview Strange Inheritance episode featuring Meadowtree Farm and land preservation that premiered on national television March 12, 2018 Meadow Tree Farm lies at the foothills of the Sourland Mountain range. The property extends the buffer protecting the > Read More

Multi-Generational Farm Family Creates Income Through Preservation, Not Development

Rawlyk Family Farm Preserved When the preservation of our farm closes this year, it will be the 80th year that my family has owned these 50 acres and the 4th generation of Rawlyks to operate this land as a working > Read More

Family Farm Legacy Preserved with Conservation Easement

Preserving the Schwinn Farm: A Super Human Task The sheep raise their heads from the lush pasture. Gazing placidly without interrupting their unhurried chewing, they seem to ask,“What’s the rush, silly humans?  Grass grows slowly… and it will grow back > Read More

Subdivision Creates Children’s Discovery Trail and Keeps Family Home as Private Residence

At the intersection of Drakes Corner Road and Province Line Road in Princeton is a tranquil woodlot that was Joan and William Roth’s bit of heaven on earth for many years. The Roths lived on this 17 acre property where > Read More

Couple Protects Their Land in Commitment to Sustainability

A Passion for Preservation An environmental consciousness and abiding respect for the land infuses every aspect of Stephanie and Bob Harris’ life. Stephanie is a founding member and currently vice-president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, while > Read More

Capital City Farm

Following its first year of production in 2016, Capital City Farm was recognized for its innovative approach to urban agriculture with the 2016 New Jersey Future ‘Smart Growth Award’ and the 2017 ‘Community Impact Award’ from the New Jersey Redevelopment > Read More

Landowner Protects Site of Early African-American Settlement

One Critical Acre Gives Shape to Preservation of Cultural Heritage In a state of 4.492 million acres, how significant can one acre be? The answer—in the case of the William Peters property—is that a single acre is important enough for > Read More

Sale of Farm to D&R Greenway Provides Family Income and Ensures Protection of Grassland Birds

Maple Lane Farm on Township Line Road in Hillsborough was poised for development.  With its 57 acres located just east of Route 206 in the desirable community of Hillsborough, the property could have become yet another suburban subdivision. The family who > Read More

Developer Donates Land to Expand Greenway

A Living Example of Land for Life Pretty as a picture, six lushly wooded acres line a placid stretch of the Millstone River in Cranbury Township. The floodplain, thick with sweet gum, pin oak and red maple trees, mirrors the > Read More

Company Divests Land and Enables Community Conservation

The Doerler family is well-known in our area for their love of the land. As noted landscapers, their mission and passion is to enhance and sustain the beauty of central New Jersey’s residential and commercial landscapes. Their nurseries have provided > Read More

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Jun 20

Along the Delaware River & Crosswicks Creek Group Art Exhibition

Thursday, June 20 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ

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