There are currently more than 2,100 Century Farms in Tennessee. Bedford County has 37 certified farms—those which have been owned and operated by the same families for 100 years or more, …
There are currently more than 2,100 Century Farms in Tennessee. Bedford County has 37 certified farms—those which have been owned and operated by the same families for 100 years or more, according to the Center for Historic Preservation.
For the rest of summer, the T-G will be recognizing those local Century Farms. Features will tell a little about their history and the families which run them still, today.
There is a process to go through to be able to have a farm certified in Tennessee. The four requirements which must be met to be considered a Century Farm in Tennessee:
• 10 acres or more of the original farm owned by the founder(s);
• Farm must produce at least $1,000 in revenue annually and specifically during the past 12 months (though documentation does not have to be submitted);
• Farm has been in the family continuously for 100 years or more, and provides proof of the founding date and owner, and can provide chain showing all family owners from founder to the present owner;
• one owner must be a Tennessee resident.
There is no charge for his program, which is administered as a public service by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. More information can be obtained at www.tncenturyfarms.org.
The annual coffee for Bedford County’s Century Farm owners was held Thursday at the Ag Center on Midland Road. The coffee is one of the kick off events held to also promote Bedford County Fair, which began Monday and runs through Saturday, July 23.
Anyone unable to attend last week’s Century Farm coffee is welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org to have their 100-year-old Century Farm included in upcoming stories.
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