The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is seeking applications to honor Century and Heritage Farms to commemorate 100 years or more of continuous family farming operations. Application are due Aug. 26.
The recognition of Century and Heritage Farms began in 1977 when ADAI and Alabama Historical Commission leaders recognized farms that stayed in operation during a period of rapid urbanization across the state.
“The Century and Heritage Farm Program honors those who have stood the test of time and had an important agricultural and historical impact on Alabama,” said state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan.
Century Farm designations are for farms consisting of 40 or more acres with continuous operation for at least 100 years that are owned by the applicant.
Heritage Farm applications have those same requirements but must have at least one structure 40 or more years old.
More than 600 Alabama farms have been recognized by the program. Interested applicants should contact ADAI's Amy Belcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (334) 240 7126.