Seen above: The Danforth Jersey Farm – the 2019 Bicentennial Farm Award honoree awarded by the NYS Agricultural Society – has been making news since 1893 when the second generation won top butter honors at the Chicago World’s Fair. Today the sixth and seventh generation are still producing quality dairy products from their legacy Jersey herd. Bottom row L to R: Commissioner Richard Ball – NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, Prudence Danforth, Shannon Finn, Meadow Finn, Daisy Mason, Dave Peake, Kristie Matuszewski - award sponsor Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, Elizabeth Claypoole – NYS Ag Society President. Top row L to R: Dan Finn, Augustus Mason, Brian Danforth. 2019 Century Farm winners included Dellavale Farm of Pattersonville, NY and Hand Melon Farm of Greenwich.
The Century Farm program is testament to the fine traditions of progressive agriculture and community service by farm families in New York State. The program began in 1937 and honors NY farms in continuous operation on the same land by the same family for 100 years or more. A limited number of deserving farm families are recognized annually by the Society. *For farms submitting applications, eligibility is determined by their respective anniversary date being before or on the date of the annual Forum.*
Eligibility for Century Farm Awards alternates annually between farms located in the Western and Eastern halves of the state. (See application schedule below.)
(Bicentennial farms located throughout the entire state are eligible for awards every fifth year)