Those farms are of a different era. While the yuppies, my pejorative term for uninformed liberal idealists, lament coal mines, they love those farms of yesteryear. They only still exist not because there is a shortage of open land, but because of an almost endless supply. The only shortage involved is that of farmers, those who are still willing to work like horses to eke out a living. The yuppies even now want to train farmers as props for their delusion.
Farmland preservation funds are now being mostly used by gentleman farmers, with taxpayers essentially paying for privately owned country estates.
Enter Lower Macgunie Township, which has decreed that future home owners on previous farmland developments must pay to maintain the roads in their new neighborhoods. The roads must still be built to township specification, but be privately maintained. Of course these new homeowners must still pay township taxes, even though they will not be receiving the same service as residents elsewhere in the township.