| The State of West Virginia will forever be indebted to those pioneer families who sacrificed to create farms from the daunting wilderness, producing the products so essential to the existence of the State's residents.|
Today, descendants of many of these first families continue to produce food on the same land as their forefathers, contributing significantly to the State's economy.
The State of West Virginia is further indebted to the generations of farm families who have maintained the farms throughout the centuries following those original agricultural enterprises.
A major portion of our current culture, traditions, and values stems from this agricultural heritage.
To honor those families who have continuously farmed the same tracts of land for at least one hundred years, the West Virginia Association of conservation Districts has initiated the West Virginia Century Farm Program. To qualify as a Century Farm:
(1) the same family must have maintained ownership (title of the land) for a minimum of 100 consecutive years,
(2) the farm must consist of at least ten acres of the original land holdings,
(3) the farm must gross at least $1,000.00 annually from farm products, and
(4) a family member must live on the farm or be an integral part of the day-to-day operation of the farm enterprise.
Those agricultural operations selected as Century Farms will receive an outdoor sign for display.
The deadline for application submission is April 01, 2016.
Application forms for the West Virginia Century Farm Program are available at the West Fork Conservation District, 87 Ollie Lane, Suite 104, Mount Clare, WV 26408, 304.627.2160