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October 11, 2012

Local farms recognized by Georgia Centennial Farms Program

ATLANTA — Farms hold a central role in the heritage of our state, having formed the economic, cultural, and family foundation for generations of Georgians. Each year, farms continuously operating for more than 100 years are recognized by the Georgia Centennial Farms Program.

 The 2012 Georgia Centennial Farm Awards was held on Oct. 4 at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. The ceremony began with a reception followed by the awards presentation.  The awards were presented by Georgia Centennial Farms Committee Chair Steven Moffson. Opening remarks were given by Director Dr. David Crass, Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Director Randy Moore, Georgia National Fair; Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Mark Williams, Georgia Department of Natural Resources; and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. 

 Recognition is given to the farm owners through one of three distinguished awards. The Centennial Heritage Farm Award honors farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Centennial Farm Award does not require continual family ownership, but farms must be at least 100 years old or more and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Centennial Family Farm Award recognizes farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more that are not listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 A Georgia Centennial Heritage Farm Award was presented to Phillips Family Farm, Murray County.

 The following 24 farms received Georgia Centennial Family Farm Awards:

• Herrington Farm, Appling County

• Boring and Brooks Estate, Banks County

• E. S. Dorminy Home Place and Farm, Berrien County

• Skipper Farms, Bibb County

• Fordham Brothers Farm, Bleckley County

• Lodge Farm, Brooks County

• Hendricks Farm at Turner Crossing, Candler County

• Triple "C" Farms, Candler County

• White Oak Pastures, Clay County

• Futch Farm, Cook County

• Greene Farm, Crisp County

• Pineland Farms, Dodge County

• Gilliard Farms, Glynn County

• Curryville Centennial Farm and Arena, Gordon County

• Clark-Harrell Family Farm, Grady County

• Reagan Farm, Grady County

• Echols Jaemor Farm, Hall County

• Shirley Farm, Jackson County

• Fountain Family Farm, Johnson County

• McAllister Farm, Marion County

• Zellobee Farm, Marion County

• Baker/Dorminey Farm, Tift County

• Oliver Farm, Wilcox County

• Henry Clayton Gibbs Farm, Worth County

 Since 1993, the Georgia Centennial Farms Program has recognized 426 farms around the state.  The program is administered by: Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Farm Bureau Federation; Georgia Department of Agriculture; Georgia Forestry Commission; and Georgia National Fair and Agricenter; with support from Georgia EMC.

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