The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) is accepting applications for two annual programs which recognize and celebrate family farms that have impacted Alabama history and agriculture.
Century & Heritage Farm and Bicentennial Farm program applications are due Aug. 27.
A Century Farm has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres of land and be owned by the applicant or nominee.
A Heritage Farm has been operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years and must possess significant historical and agricultural aspects, including at least one structure more than 40 years old.
The farm must also include at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama.
The Bicentennial Farm program recognizes farms that have been owned and operated by the same family for 200-plus years. The farm must be at least 40 acres, owned by an Alabama resident and have current agricultural activities.
ADAI Commissioner Rick Pate applauded the program and its role celebrating Alabama farmers. Nearly 700 farms have received Century & Heritage Farm designations, while just 12 are Bicentennial Farms.
“Agriculture is the foundation that helped build Alabama’s history, economy and livelihood,” Pate said. “Such service to our great state should be respected and celebrated.”
Historical evidence from the applications, such as photos, deeds or records, will be preserved at the state archives.