Patricia Oyer, Carroll County Recorder, is continuing an effort to boost the number of historic family farms in Carroll County.
A program, known as Ohio's Historic Family Farms, was established in 1991 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It recognized farms that have been in the same family for more than 100 years.
In 2016, the program expanded to include the Ohio Sesquicentennial Farm designation. To include all three designations now awarded - century, sesquicentennial and bicentennial - the program title was changed to Ohio Historic Family Farms.
More than 1,350 farms have been recognized across the state.
"I believe there are farms that are eligible, but I do not think the owners are made aware of such a program, and they do not know how to get the information to apply," commented Oyer.
Carroll County farms registered in 2017 include Timothy M. Gartreel (1848) and Pine Ridge Farm (1916).
Oyer plans to recognize the families during the 2017 Carroll
County Fair, with approval of the Agricultural Society.
Anyone interested in the program can learn more by visiting agri.ohio.gov.divs/cent_farms/; or you may contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 614-752-9817.
Anyone interested in contacting the recorder's office for research assistance should call 330-627-4545, or stop in at the recorder's office at the county courthouse. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.