Agricultural Development Board


The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders created the Bergen County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) in 1999.

The board was formed to oversee the farmland preservation program. The program enabled the county to offer farm owners the opportunity to preserve their farms, while continuing to own and maintain them.


The Board is made up of seven voting members - four farmer and three public members. There are also three ex-officio members.

CADB Staff 

Voting Members

  • Evelyn-Spath Mercado, Public
  • James A. Abma, Sr., Farmer
  • Ronald Binaghi, Jr., Farmer
  • Chris G. James, Public
  • Darryl Secor, Farmer
  • Vacant, Farmer
  • Denny Wiggers, Public

Non-Voting Ex-Officio Members

  • Angelo Caruso, Bergen County Soil Conservation District
  • Joel Flagler, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agent of Bergen County
  • Bergen County Planning Board Member