Centennial Farms Award nominees sought

RBC I History Colorado invites families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more to nominate their property for the 2015 Colorado Centennial Farms Award.

Farms and ranches that qualify will be honored at the 29th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo in August.
Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business on April 30.
Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:
• Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years;
• Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch;
• Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres;
• Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales.
History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development.
How to nominate: Download a Colorado Centennial Farms application and mail to: History Colorado State Historical Fund, Colorado Centennial Farms Program c/o Michelle Pearson, 1200 Broadway, Denver, Colo. 80203.
The due date is April 30. If you have any questions, contact Pearson at 303-866-2976 or michelle.pearson@state.co.us