NC Commissioner Troxler: 50th Anniversary of the Century Family Farm Program

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Century Family Farm Program. We will recognize Century Farm Families at the N.C. State Fair on Monday, Oct. 19, in Dorton Arena. If you are a Century Family Farm, go ahead and hold the date for this special event.

  • This is a special year when it comes to celebrating Century Family Farms. We will mark the 50th anniversary of the Century Family Farm program in October at the N.C. State Fair.
  • This recognition program honors farms that have been in continuous family ownership for 100 years or more. A celebration event is held every four years at the State Fair in Raleigh. This year’s event will be held Monday, Oct. 19, in Dorton Arena.
  • The reunion event features guest speakers and a lunch. Guests can also enjoy the fair afterwards.
  • If you or your family are Century Family Farm members, I would go ahead and put Oct. 19 on the calendar.
  • If you are not a Century Family Farm, but your farm qualifies with 100 years of continuous family ownership, you can download an application, fill it out and get your farm listed in the program.
  • There are nearly 2,000 Century Family Farms across the state from the 48,000 family farms we have. You can see it is a rather small percentage.
  • One farm that is in the program that people may recognize by name is Biltmore. Yes, the famous house and land originally owned by George Vanderbilt is part of the Century Family Farm program.
  • We’d love to break the 2,000-farm mark in 2020, so if your family farm is not part of the Century Family Farm program, go ahead and register your farm.
  • The application is not hard. You will need the month and year when the property was passed down in your family. For most people, the farm would have most likely changed hands with the death of a relative.
  • Some people pull this information from deeds, while others can reconstruct the lineage of ownership through a family Bible where births and deaths were recorded.
  • Also, if your farm has been in continuous family ownership for 200 years or more, I would encourage you to fill out a separate application to be a Bicentennial Farm. We started this special recognition in 2016, and now have recognized around 50 Bicentennial Farms.
  • It takes and awful lot of determination and grit to keep a farm in the family for 100 years or more. I can tell you that the farm families are extremely proud of the accomplishment. And, they should be.
  • One of the things I enjoy most about the reunion is hearing stories about Century Farms seeing multiple generations gathered to be recognized during this special program. You can see the pride on their faces and hear it in their voices.
  • My own farm does not qualify yet, but I look forward to the day when it does.
  • We will be sending out Save-the-Date information soon to Century Family Farm members and we look forward to seeing families in October.
  • If you have questions about the program, you can contact our Public Affairs Division at 919-707-3001.