A reminder from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) that applications for their annual Century & Heritage (C & H) Farm and Bicentennial Farm programs are due Friday, August 26. ADAI created these programs to help recognize and celebrate family farms that have significantly impacted Alabama history and agriculture.
A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres of land 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 significant historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures at least 40 years old. The farm must also include at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama. It is common for a farm to qualify as both a Century & Heritage Farm.
ADAI is also accepting applications for the Bicentennial Farm program, which recognizes farms that have been owned and operated by the same family for 200 years or more. The farm must be at least 40 acres in size, owned by an Alabama resident and have current agricultural activities.
If your farm meets the qualifications for any of these programs, contact Amy Belcher at 334-240-7126 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.