Former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have finalized the purchase of Hockhockson Farm on Route 537, where they plan to build a farm sanctuary and education center.

A former veterinary technician, Tracey Stewart plans to convert the space into a farm that houses animals rescued from roadsides, slaughterhouses and live markets. The education center will offer students classes on caring for animals and sustainable agriculture. Stewart said she wanted to get kids excited about where their food comes from.

The farm will be the fourth location for Farm Sanctuary, a national farm animal protection nonprofit that will provide some rehabilitated animals for Stewart's farm.

The Stewarts bought the 45-acre farm on for $4 million, according to Monmouth County property records. They've also submitted an application to the Colts Neck Zoning Board that will be heard on November 10th, according to town officials.

The Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board already approved a commercial farm certification for the property and the farm's concept in May. The farm sanctuary is expected to open in 2017.

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