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VIRGINIA CENTURY FARM PROGRAM HITS 1,200 MILESTONE

The number of Virginia Century Farms has passed the 1,200 mark. As of March 31, 2012, the program had recognized a total of 1,201 farms since the Virginia General Assembly established it in 1997. The Century Farm program honors the commitment and contributions of farm families who have owned and worked their farms for 100 years or more. It is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

“The Century Farm program recognizes and pays tribute to those farmers whose continuing efforts have formed the backbone of the Commonwealth for more than 400 years,” said VDACS Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr. “These are the people who have made agriculture Virginia’s leading industry with an annual economic impact of $55 billion. I am a fifth generation farmer and my family’s farm is a Century Farm. We take great pride in that heritage.”

Century Farms are located across the state in 95 counties and cities. A current list of farms is available at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/century.

To qualify as a Virginia Century Farm, applicants must meet these criteria: the farm must have been owned by the same family for at least one hundred consecutive years; the farm must be lived on, or actually farmed by, a descendant of the original owner; and the farm must gross more than $2,500 annually from the sale of agricultural products. If the farm does not gross over $2,500 in the sale of farm products, it still may qualify if it is used for a bona fide silvicultural purpose. This includes growing, tending or protecting trees for the purpose of eventually producing income or financial benefit.

Century Farm families receive a certificate of recognition and an 11x17- inch aluminum sign for exterior display. Application forms are available from VDACS by calling 804.786.1346; by mailing a request to Century Farm, VDACS, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218; accessing the website listed above; or e- mailing kevin.schmidt@vdacs.virginia.gov. There is no fee to apply and no charge for the first sign; additional signs are $25 each..

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Below are the names of the latest additions to the Virginia Century Farm program.)

Virginia Century Farms Added August 2010 to March 2012

See a complete list of all Century Farms at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/century.

  New Century Farms from August 2010 to March 2012
     
County   Farm Name Current Owner(s)
       
Alleghany   Pleasant Valley Farm Mrs. Pauline E. Nicely, Mr. Mark R. Nicely, Mr. Sidney M.
      Nicely, and Mrs. Nancy N. Lee
Appomattox Blue Jay Haven Farm Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Crews
Augusta Big Rock Dairy Mrs. Kathleen L. Simmons
Augusta Flowing Springs Farm Mr. William L. Bowman
Augusta Pine Top Farm Mrs. Mary Stout
Augusta R. L. Moore Homestead Ms. Margie Moore, Mr. Larry Moore and Mr. Sam Arey
Augusta Rollerdale Farm Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Roller
Augusta The Bashaw Farm Mr. William Lorenza Bashaw, III
Bedford Woodlawn Dr. John Thomas Wyatt Reed, II; and Mr. Michael Wyatt
    Read
Botetourt Highland Grove Mr. Collins D. Craft, and Mrs. Jean R. Craft
Botetourt Jeter Farm Mr. Ned Jeter
Brunswick Jones Farm Mrs. Beatrice Brown
Campbell Melrose Bison Farm Mr. Thomas W. Morris
Campbell The Jones Farm Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Jones
Carroll Utt Farm Mr. Robert (Bobby) Jefferson Utt
Charlotte Cub Creek Farm Mr. and Mrs. Troy A. and Wendy B. Elder
Charlotte Elm Shade Mrs. Juanita Giles
Chesapeake J.R. Lehman and Sons Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Lehman, Jr.
(City)    
Fauquier Redwood Farm Mrs. Mildred Gulick Riddell
Franklin Bow-knott Dairy Farm Mr. and Mrs. Basil G. Boitnott, C. Dale Boitnott
Frederick Lineburg Minebank Farm Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Z. and Sharon K. Lineburg, Mrs.
    Kimberly Black, Mrs. Kristi Rowsell and Mrs. Kathy
    Ritenour
Grayson Phipps Hollow Farm Ms. Mary Lou P. Phipps
Halifax Alpine Place Mrs. Gayle Priest Conner
Halifax Emanual Freeman Jr. and co-owners great grandchildren
  William Freeman Estate  
Halifax Emanuel Freeman Sr. great, great grandchildren
  Estate  
Henrico Colonial Acres Farm LLC Mr. Reginald H. Nelson, IV; and Mrs. Phyllis G. Nelson
Highland Pleasant Brook Farms Mr. Clarence J. Brock, and Mrs. Phyllis H. Brock
Isle of Wight The J. B. Harris Farm Mr. T.G. Nelson, Jr.
Isle of Wight The J.J. Crocker Homeplace Mr. Thomas G. Nelson, Jr.
Lee Elkins Sandy Spring Farm Mr. Roger Elkins, and Mrs. Marta Elkins
Loudoun Montcalm Farm Mr. John Duncan Marsh
Louisa Ceresco Mr. W.C. Taylor
Lunenburg Lunenburg Landscapes Mr. John G. Hurt
Lunenburg Rock Haven Farm Ms. Virginia H. Wilson
Madison Lohr-Mallory Farm A. Colin Mallory
Montgomery Morris Farm Mr. Clyde R. Morris, and Mrs. Dean R. Morris
Northampton Smiling Hill Farm Mr. Floyd L. Smith, Jr.
Page Longs Bend Farm Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. and Alice B. Fisher
Patrick B. H. Cooper Farm Dr. Sally T. Rodgers, Ms. Ruth T Dickerson and Ms. Mary
    Sue Terry
Prince George Burrow Farm Mrs. Lillian H. Burrow
Rockbridge Rapp Farm Dr. and Mrs. James S. Parsons
Rockingham Granview Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Strickler, and Mrs. Rebecca
    Strickler Tate
Rockingham Holsinger Homeplace Farms Mr. and Mrs. James J. Holsinger
Russell 3C Livestock Mr. Robert D. Crabtree
Russell Lyttle Farm of Copper Ridge Mr. Jim Lyttle, Ms. Sherry Lyttle and Ms. Shiloh Lyttle
Russell Skeen Farm Mr. George Skeen, Mr. John Skeen and Mr. Larry Skeen
Russell Smith Farm Mr. Christopher P. McDonald
Scott Fugate Farms Mr. Charles William Fugate
Scott Fugate Farms Dr. and Mrs. J.E. and Donna Fugate
Shenandoah Swover Creek Farms Mrs. Jessica F. Rush
Smyth Anderson Farm Mr. Carson Anderson
Smyth Cluster Springs Farm Mr. Thomas J. Cox, Mr. David W. Cox, Mr. Kenneth R.
    Cox, and Mr. Michael S. Cox
Southampton Burgess Farm J.H. Lee and Sons, Inc.
Southampton Gillette Farm Mr. Larry W. Whitley and W. Group LLC
Southampton James R. Holloman Farm Mrs. Jane Holloman Vick, and Mr. Terry L Holloman
Southampton Turner Farm Mrs. Marie Beale Turner
Suffolk The Morgan Farm Mr. Clifton M. Carr
Suffolk (City) Grady Gardner Farm Mrs. Mary H. Gardner, and Mrs. Myrtle G. Eason
Suffolk (City) Seth Howell Farm Mr. Burke H. Howell, and Mrs. Myrtle G. Eason
Surry Appel Farm Mrs. Frances L. Appel
Surry Pecan Knoll Mr. Thomas L. Judkins
Sussex Silver Hill Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Wayne Owen
Westmoreland Cedar Hill Farm Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Wilkins
Westmoreland Monrovia Farm Mr. and Mrs. H. Shirley and Joan S. Powell

Elaine Lidholm

Director of Communications

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

102 Governor Street

Richmond VA 23227

804.786.7686