Farms Recognized as Alabama Century and/or Heritage Farms (A Resource)

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A valuable resource for history buffs and those researching their family roots in Alabama… 

Alabama Century & Heritage Farm Program

The Century Farm & Heritage Program was created to recognize  and honor farms that have been in operating as a family farm over a long period of time, and have played a significant role in the history of the state. 

About the Program:

In 1976, the director of the Alabama Historical Commission and a representative from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries met to discuss some way to recognize small family farms that had been in operation over a long period of time. Out of this original meeting the idea for the Century and Heritage Farm program was born. They decided recognition should be given to these farms because they had played such a significant part in Alabama’s history.

The population in rural Alabama at that time was rapidly changing as people moved to urban areas. The number of family farms was diminishing rapidly at the time as it still is today. It was decided that farms with over one hundred years of ownership should be awarded a certificate to recognize this significant achievement.

Currently, more than 500 farms have been recognized from all across Alabama.

About the Family Farms Recognized: 

A “Century Farm” has been held continuously by the same family for at least 100 years and currently is being used for some agricultural activity. The farm must be at least 40 acres of land and owned by the applicant or nominee.

A “Heritage Farm” has operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years and also  includes important historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures that is at least 40 years old. The farm must be at least 40 acres of land, owned and operated by the applicant, who resides in Alabama.

All applicants must complete an Ownership Registration Form supplied by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

One of the Farms recognized includes the McCrary farm of Madison County: State’s oldest farm, with its 101-year-old farmer, is tucked away in New Market (gallery)

A Listing of Recognized Farms Can Be Viewed At: Farms Recognized as Alabama Century and/or Heritage Farms   The listing is organized in alphabetical order by county.

This is an important listing that will help not only preserve the history of family farms in Alabama but can also be used to help assist with genealogy, and assist with research of rural Alabama.

The names of farms and plantations can be found in historical records such as: census records, marriage documents, directory listings, draft cards, and used to help find cemeteries located on farms/plantations. This information can help in the research of individuals, even those not related to the landowner.

How to Submit Your Family Farm to the Century & Heritage Farm Program: 

If you feel your farm meets the above qualifications and you would like an application or if you have any questions about the program please contact Amy Belcher at (334) 240-7126 or by e-mail amy.belcher@agri.alabama.gov

You may also visit the main website for information and application: Alabama Century & Heritage Farm Program

 

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