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Area farms sought for Century Farm project

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

The West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts began the Century Farm Program in 2011 to recognize farms in West Virginia that have been maintained by the same family for at least 100 years.   

Western Conservation District is looking for eligible Century Farms in the counties of Putnam, Mason and Jackson. In 2012, there were seven farms and in 2011, 14 farms, designated as WV Century Farms in the local area.

To qualify, ownership must be kept in the same family for at least 100 years. This ownership can be through husband, wife, children, brothers, sisters, nephews or nieces. A summary listing all past owners and their relationship must be submitted along with an application form. The farm must consist of at least 10 acres of the original tract and the current owner must generate at least $1,000 annually from farm products.

Farms that are eligible will be recognized this fall by the Western Conservation District and presented with a West Virginia Century Farm sign.

Contact the Western Conservation District at 304-675-3054, or by email at wcd@wvca.us, to request an application. Deadline to submit an application is April 1.