Quilt Barn Tour Part of Centennial Farm Gathering

A bus tour of Quilt Barns in Osceola County is part of this year's annual meeting.

If you or others have an interest in Michigan’s agricultural history, plan to attend the Michigan Centennial Farm Association (MCFA) annual meeting on April 26. This year’s gathering of Centennial and Sesquicentennial farm owners will be held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Big Rapids.

The program starts at 9:30 a.m. with a workshop where Ryan Oldenburg will speak on “Lessons from a House Genealogy: A Look at the Michigan Farmhouse Through Time,” and Trent Hilding will speak on “Succession Planning for the Centennial Farm Following 2010 Legislation.” Lunch follows at 11:45 and the day concludes with an afternoon bus tour of the Osceola County Quilt Barns.

For more information or to register, contact the MCFA at P.O. Box 80151, Lansing, MI 48908 or email micentfarm@yahoo.com. Deadline to register is April 10, 2011.

The MCFA was established in 1955 as an organization to bring together Centennial Farm owners. The Centennial Farm Program began with the Michigan Historical Commission in 1948 with support from Consumers Power Company, Detroit Edison Company, local cooperatives and farm groups. Since its inception, it has recognized more than 6,000 farms that have remained in the same family for one hundred years. A Sesquicentennial Farm Program was established a few years later to commemorate farms that have remained in the same family for more than 150 years.

Recognizing the Historical Contributions of Family Farms