The Century & Bicentennial Farm program is testament to the fine traditions of progressive agriculture and community service by farm families in New York State. The Century Farm program began in 1937 (Bicentennial Farms in 2000) and honors New York Farms in continuous operation on the same land by the same family for 100 years or more, or 200 years or more. A limited number of deserving farm families are recognized annually by the Society.
Eligibility for Century Farm & Bicentennial Farm Awards alternates between farms located in the Western half of the state and farms in the Eastern half of the state. (See application schedule below)
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Schedule of Eligibility/Application Deadlines
Western NY Century & Bicentennial Farms – apply by 9/1/17, awards presented 1/18 (county list)
Eastern NY Century & Bicentennial Farms – apply by 9/1/18, awards presented 1/19 (county list)
How to Apply or Nominate Someone
Submission of an application does NOT guarantee an award. A full judging process is carried out, and ALL application information must be complete, including submission of pictures and letters of reference. A limited number of Century & Bicentennial Farms are recognized annually.
The New York State Agricultural Society honors Century/Bicentennial Farms each year at the Society’s Annual Agricultural Forum. A Century/Bicentennial Farm is one that has been in continuous operation by the same family for 100/200 years or more owning and incorporating the original land purchase into the farm enterprise.
Family member(s) MUST BE an integral part of the day to day operation of the farm enterprise and the family must have implemented a strategy for continuation of a viable agricultural enterprise into the future. Also, proceeds from the farm business must represent a significant portion of the current operator’s income. When applying, we ask that you or a family representative(s) plan on attending the annual New York State Agricultural Society meeting held, usually the first Thursday in January, for the award presentation.
In order to be considered for this honor, you must supply all requested information and return your application by September 1st.