AG DEPARTMENT NOW ACCEPTING CENTURY & HERITAGE FARM APPLICATIONS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Department of Agriculture and Industries is accepting applications for the 2011 Century and Heritage Farm program. The program is designed to recognize and honor farms that have been in operation as a family farm over a long period of time and have played a significant role in Alabama history.
A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has some agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres and be owned by the applicant or nominee.
A Heritage Farm is one that has been operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years. The farm must possess interesting and important historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures at least 40 years old. The farm must be at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama.
The program began in 1976 when the director of the Alabama Historical Commission and a representative from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries met to discuss how to recognize small family farms that had been in operation for a long period of time.
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries administers this program, and to date more than 500 farms have been recognized in the state.
Applicants must complete an Ownership Registration Form supplied by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. For an application or more information, contact Amy Belcher at (334) 240-7126 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline for the 2011 Century and Heritage Farm program is Aug. 26. Applications are available on the Agriculture Department's Website under the "Forms" icon. A complete list of all farms that have previously received a Century and Heritage Farm designation also is available on the website.