Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Century Farms of North Carolina

An interesting slide show shown at the 2008 Century Farm Family Reunion held at the State Fair in Raleigh is on the web at http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/Century/2008CenturyFarmSlideShow.pdf. It was slow to load, at least on my computer, but it was worth the wait to see photos (some old, some new) from the following farms:
Barron Farm, Yadkinville
Best Farm, Sampson County
Dockery Farm, Richmond County
Eaton Farm, Davie County
Foster Farm, Surry County
Keene Farm, Johnston County
Loftin Farm, Duplin County
McCullom Farm, Union County
Miller Farm, Yadkin County
Ramseur Farm, Burke County
Ritchey Farm, Vance County
Triple S Ranch, Johnston County
Wakelon Farms, Wake County
Wilson Home, Pitt County
Womack Farm, Polk County
Barber Farm, Rowan County
Baxter Farm, Cherryville
Bob and Dick Stroud Farm, Mocksville
Brown Farm, Wallace
Cawthorne Farm, Henderson
Eaton Farm, Davie County
Fairview Farm, Reidsville
Floyd Farm, Fairmont
Forrest Farm, Greene County
Grover Shaw, Alamance County
Hall Family Farm, Rose Hill
Harris Farm, Williamston
Hodges Farm, Williamston
Holyfield Farm, Dobson
June Bug Farms Family
James J. Walker home, Warren County
Henry and Fay Frazier, Durham County
Lamm Farm, Lucama
Marvin Farm, Robbins
McLeod Farm, Aberdeen
Nichols Huntley Farm, Troy
Oak Point Farm, 1938, Wilmington
Page Price Farm
Ratcliff Farm, Pantego
Reece Farm, Burlington
Roberts Farm, Hillsborough
Shipley Farm, Vilas
Smith Family Farm, Lee County
Stony Knoll Vineyards, Dobson
Storey Farm, Murfreesboro
Taroano, Floyd Family, Henderson
From the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Community Services web site (http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/century/history.htm), here’s an explanation of the Century Farms program, which began in 1970:
In 1970, the North Carolina State Fair undertook the largest agricultural project in the fair’s history. To highlight the theme of its 1970 State Fair, "Salute to Agriculture," State Fair officials initiated a search for all families who have owned or operated a farm in North Carolina for 100 years or more. More than 800 farms qualified as a Century Farm.
Century Farm families were honored at a luncheon held in Dorton Arena at the 1970 N. C. State Fair. Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Graham, emceed the event and Lt. Governor Pat Taylor was the featured speaker. The Commissioner congratulated the families for their contributions to North Carolina. "The strength and depth of North Carolina lies with you people who have held the family farm together. You are the fountain head of our economy."
In 1975, Century Farm families were honored again at a luncheon held in the Kerr Scott building. More than 750 Century Farm families attended the event. Thus began the tradition of periodically honoring Century Farm Families during the State Fair.
Century Farms continue to be recognized in North Carolina. In 1988, a commemorative book, North Carolina Century Farms: 100 Years of Continuous Agricultural Heritage, was published. This book provided a history of century farms in North Carolina. Every Century Farm family received a copy.
Today, there are about 52,000 farms in North Carolina, but only about 1,600 have the distinct honor of being a N.C. Century Farm. North Carolina has a rich agricultural heritage and the Century Farm family program celebrates the many contributions farming has made to the state.

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