The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday approved legislation to allow certain farms to hold special events on their property, including weddings, lifetime milestone celebrations and cultural or social events.
The measure (A-2773), sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, would allow an owner of preserved farmland to host special occasion events. Farms considered “residentially-exposed,” defined as being on a residential road, or which have event space located within 200 feet of a residential road, would be permitted to have seven events per year. Other farms would be allowed 14 events annually.
Assemblyman Mazzeo released the following statement:
“Farms have so much more to offer their communities besides fresh produce and sprawling open space. They can serve as beautiful grounds for a variety of special occasions, from rustic weddings to outdoor music festivals. Under this bill, farms will have an opportunity to host these special events to supplement their revenue during good times and bad. Farming is a business, and this initiative makes good business sense.”