If you know of a farm in your community which has been in the same family for more than 100 years, you should have them look into the Michigan Centennial Farm Program. It’s a great way to recognize long-time residents for their historical contributions to your community. Farms that are certified receive a certificate from the Historical Society of Michigan and a farm marker from their local electric utility.
The program was started in 1948 by the State of Michigan’s Historical Commission with support from Detroit Edison Company, Consumers Power Company, local electrical cooperatives and farm groups. In 2008, the program was transferred to the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) which now handles the certification of Centennial Farms. In addition to the certificate and marker, certified farms also get a one-year membership in the HSM and are eligible for membership in the Michigan Centennial Farm Association.
The Centennial Farm Program recognizes farms that have remained in the same family for a century or more and highlights the contribution of family farms to the development of Michigan agriculture. To be designated as a Centennial Farm, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continuously owned by the same family for at least 100 years. A Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes Centennial Farms that have been owned by the same family for 150 years or longer.