in brief

Farmland preservation workshop to be held

The State Agriculture Development Committee will host a special half-day workshop for farmland owners from 9 a.m. to noon April 11 to explain new developments in the Farmland Preser-vation Program that greatly expand opportunities for participation, Agriculture Secretary Art Brown announced.

The workshop will be held at the National Conference Center at the Ramada Inn, East Windsor, in conjunction with American Farmland Trust’s annual national conference on the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.

The workshop will explain how the Farmland Preservation Program works, the traditional and new preservation options, how farms are evaluated and valued, the benefits of entering the program and how to get started in the preservation process.

The SADC administers New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. To register for the free workshop, call the SADC at (609) 984-2504 by March 31.

Local woman to serve on victims’ board

Sue Kozel of Upper Freehold Town-ship, owner of SK Visions, has been appointed to serve on the executive board of New Jersey’s first Crime Victims’ Rights Summit, tentatively scheduled for April 5 at the Eatontown Sheraton.

For the past 10 years, Kozel has developed media strategies for crime victims’ rights and legislative ideas for members of the state Legislature and candidates seeking state or federal offices.

Additionally, she serves as a trustee for Amanda’s Easel, an art therapy program jointly operated by the Friends of Amanda Foundation and the Women’s Center of Monmouth County, Hazlet.

Standardbred horse organization to meet

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Millstone Community Center, Route 524, Clarks-burg section of Millstone. For information or directions, call Tony Romano at (7342) 866-1848.

Art gallery to sponsor food drive, drawing

The Artful Deposit Gallery, with locations in Bordentown and Allentown, will sponsor a food drive for Womanspace of Mercer County.

Non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Bordentown location only, 201 Farnsworth Ave., between 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the first three weeks of April. Other drop-off times can be arranged.

All donors will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a signed, numbered, limited-edition print by impressionist Joseph Dawley. The piece, Children’s Party, will be professionally framed and include a certificate of authenticity. For more information or to arrange other delivery times, call (609) 298-6970.

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