Seventeen farms in Fulton County are among new century, sequicentennial or bicentennial farms recognized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The farms have been owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years. The established farms include:
Dean Genter Farm, 1850; Harold and Jeanine Holland Farm, 1863; Jacob Holland Farm, 1867; Paul Gallagher Farm, 1873; Rex Short Farm, 1874; John Luke Centennial Farm, 1877; name not listed, 1882; Patrick Bolger Farm, 1885; Riegsecker Family LLC, 1889; Trowbridge Family Trust, 1899; Herman Kauffman Farm, 1901; Jerald D’Lamater Farm, 1902; William Gearig Farm, 1903; Craig and Gail Northcott Farm, 1903; John and Wilma Garrow Farm, 1908; Holly Laurel Farm, 1912; Burkholder Acres, 1914.
Each family receives a certificate signed by Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to keep with their historic documents and pass down to future generations.
“The state’s historic family farms program provides a direct link to Ohio’s impressive agricultural heritage and history,” Daniels said. “While their operations are diverse, all the families share a deep pride in their land and the stories behind it. I am happy to help honor their impact on Ohio agriculture.”
Ohio Historic Family Farms is a voluntary recognition program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Century farms have been recognized since 1993, with the bicentennial farm designation added in 2013, and the sesquicentennial farm designation in 2016. More than 1,300 farms are now registered across the state in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program.
Anyone who can verify that a currently owned farm has remained in their family for at least 100 years may register. For more information, visit www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/, or contact Cindy Shy at 614-752-9817.