ATLANTA — Farms hold a central role in the heritage of our state, having formed the economic, cultural and family foundation for generations of Georgians. Some farms have been continuously operating for over 100 years and deserve recognition for their historical importance.
The Georgia Centennial Farm Program was created to draw attention to historic farms and to encourage their preservation. Nominees must be working farms for at least 100 years with a minimum of 10 acres actively involved in agricultural production or generate at least $1,000 in annual income. In addition, farms must be owned by members of the same family for at least 100 years or be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Qualifying Centennial Farms are honored each October at a special award ceremony at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Since starting in 1993, the program has recognized 350 farms around the state.
The Centennial Farm Program is administered by: the Historic Preservation Division; Georgia Farm Bureau Federation; Georgia Department of Agriculture; Georgia Forestry Commission; Georgia Cooperative Extension Service; and the Georgia National Fair and Agricenter.
Nominations are due on April 18. Applications are available on HPD’s Web site at http://hpd.dnr.state.ga.us/content/displaynavigation.asp?TopCategory=25.
For more information, contact Gretchen Brock at (404) 651-6782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.