[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold by Ord. No. O-81-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Land use — See Ch. 190.
The right to farm all land is hereby recognized to exist as a natural right and is also hereby ordained to exist as a permitted use everywhere in the Township of Freehold subject only to size requirements and to Township Health and Sanitary Codes. The right to farm as it is used in this chapter includes the use of irrigation pumps and equipment, aerial and ground seeding and spraying, tractors, farm laborers and the application of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides as well as other mechanized equipment and modern procedures; all for the purpose of producing from the land agricultural products such as vegetables, grains, hay, fruits, fibers, wood, trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and seeds, as well as the propagation and maintenance of horses, cows and other grazing stock.
The foregoing uses and activities included in the right to farm, when reasonable and necessary for the particular farming, livestock or fowl production, and when conducted in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices, may occur on holidays, Sundays and weekdays, at night and in the day, and the reasonable and unusual noise, odors, dust and fumes that are caused by them are also specifically permitted as part of the exercise of this right. It is expressly found that whatever legal nuisance may be caused to others by such uses and activities so conducted is more than offset by the benefits from farming to the neighborhood, community, and to society in general, by the preservation of open space, the beauty of the countryside and clean air and by the preservation and continuance of farming operations in Freehold Township and in New Jersey as a source of agricultural products for this and future generations. This statement is one of general intent and meant to express a basic philosophy by which all other ordinances are to be considered and interpreted.