[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Sandyston 9-4-2001 by Ord. No. 02-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
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 the Township Zoning Ordinance. These pursuits also include the following activities under the general heading of "right to farm."
The right to farm includes:
The producing, from the land, agricultural products such as, but not limited to, vegetables, greens, hay, fruit, fibers, wood, plants, shrubs, flowers, and seeds.
The use of land for the grazing by animals.
The use of irrigation pumps and equipment. A priority water use for agriculture, second only to human consumption and household needs, is hereby recognized.
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 right and ability to market a particular farm's output on site, including the construction of buildings and parking areas for farm markets and "U-pick" marketing and sales.
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 labeled instructions, as recommended by the New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station, the U.S. 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 practices.
The aforegoing rights are subject to the restrictions and regulations of state and Township municipal codes and, in addition thereto, the restrictions and regulations of the State Department of Environmental Protection and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.