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Virginia Century Farm Program Hits 1,200 Milestone

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Farm and garden, Lifestyle No Comments

Montcalm Farm Joins Crooked Run Orchard, Oakland Green And Other Local Properties Worthy of Prestigious Label

The number of properties designated as a “Virginia Century Farm” has passed the 1,200 mark. As of early spring 2012, the program had recognized a total of over 1,200 farms since it was established by the Virginia General Assembly 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,” said a Century Farm spokesperson. “[The program] recognizes and pays tribute to those farmers whose continuing efforts have formed the backbone of the Commonwealth for more than 400 years,” said Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr. “These are the people who have made agriculture Virginia’s leading industry with an annual economic contribution to the state 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.”

Locally, you’ll find Virginia Century Farms in the throes of Purcellville’s growing pains (Crooked Run Orchard), on the outskirts of town (the newly designated Montcalm Farm, owned by former Purcellville Mayor John Marsh), and Oakland Green (a Lincoln area farm that has been in the family for nine generations). Other Loudoun County properties designated as Virginia Century Farms include Benedum Farm, Clover Hill Farm, Fred Lee George Farm, Georges Mill Farm, Glenmeade Farm, Glenowen Farm, Grubstake Farm, Hillbrook, James Chapel Farm, Locust Grove, Lone Oak Farm, Montcalm Farm, Millers Farm, Orchard Crest, Inc., Potts Homestead, Rock Hill Farm, Rose Hill Farm, and Welbourne.

The Century Farm program is administered by VDACS. Century Farms are located across the state in 95 counties and cities (a list of the Virginia Century Farms added in the last two years, by county, appears below).

To qualify as a Virginia Century Farm, applicants must meet extremely strict criteria – a rare mixture of historical significance and personal family history – making them economic and culture jewels for the communities lucky enough to have them in their midst. Criteria include: 1) The farm must have been owned by the same family for at least one hundred consecutive years; 2) The farm must be lived on, or actually farmed by, a descendant of the original owner; and 3) 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.

These New Virginia Century Farms (By County),
Added From August 2010 To March 2012, Put The State Over The 1,200 Mark

Alleghany, Pleasant Valley Farm
Appomattox, Blue Jay Haven Farm
Augusta, Big Rock Dairy
Augusta, Flowing Springs Farm
Augusta, Pine Top Farm
Augusta, R. L. Moore Homestead
Augusta, Rollerdale Farm
Augusta, The Bashaw Farm
Bedford, Woodlawn
Botetourt, Highland Grove
Botetourt, Jeter Farm
Brunswick, Jones Farm
Campbell, Melrose Bison Farm
Campbell, The Jones Farm
Carroll, Utt Farm
Charlotte, Cub Creek Farm
Charlotte, Elm Shade
Chesapeake (City), J.R. Lehman and Sons
Fauquier, Redwood Farm
Franklin, Bow-knott Dairy Farm
Frederick, Lineburg Minebank Farm
Grayson, Phipps Hollow Farm
Halifax, Alpine Place
Halifax, Freeman Estate
Halifax, Emanuel Freeman Sr. Estate
Henrico, Colonial Acres Farm LLC
Highland, Pleasant Brook Farms
Isle of Wight, The J. B. Harris Farm
Isle of Wight, The J.J. Crocker Homeplace
Lee, Elkins Sandy Spring Farm
Loudoun, Montcalm Farm
Louisa, Ceresco
Lunenburg, Lunenburg Landscapes
Lunenburg, Rock Haven Farm
Madison, Lohr-Mallory Farm
Montgomery, Morris Farm
Northampton, Smiling Hill Farm
Page, Longs Bend Farm
Patrick, B. H. Cooper Farm
Prince George, Burrow Farm
Rockbridge, Rapp Farm
Rockingham, Granview
Rockingham, Holsinger Homeplace Farms
Russell, 3C Livestock
Russell, Lyttle Farm of Copper Ridge
Russell, Skeen Farm
Russell, Smith Farm
Scott, Fugate Farms
Scott, Fugate Farms (two Fugate Farms are on the list)
Shenandoah, Swover Creek Farms
Smyth, Anderson Farm
Smyth, Cluster Springs Farm
Southampton, Burgess Farm
Southampton, Gillette Farm
Southampton, James R. Holloman Farm
Southampton, Turner Farm
Suffolk, The Morgan Farm
Suffolk (City), Grady Gardner Farm
Suffolk (City), Seth Howell Farm
Surry, Appel Farm
Surry, Pecan Knoll
Sussex, Silver Hill
Westmoreland, Cedar Hill Farm
Westmoreland, Monrovia Farm

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