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Agri View: Old Family Farms

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family farmsEverett Griner talks about America’s oldest family farms in today’s Agri View.

Old Family Farms

How long have you owned the farm on which you live right now? More than one state honors a family which has owned the same farm for 100 years or longer. See, where I live, that place is designated as a “Century Farm” and is identified by the placement of a sign indicating that the farm has been in the same family for a century or more.

But, the farm that tops all others is in North Carolina. You see, the King of England issued a land grant to a family before the “Revolution. That same piece of land has been in the same family ever since. Now, my information does not indicate if it is the same size as it was originally. It is likely there is more land now. But, it has remained in the hands of the same family for almost 300 years. The identity of the family and the exact location is not a matter of Public Records. But, I bet the current owner is just as proud as the original owner.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner…

Image credits: (top right) Information Services Corporation Gate Sign issued upon “Century Family Farm” Awards designation.

(bottom left) “Century Farm” Plaque issued by North Carolina Department of Agriculture.