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Woodward Family Recognized for Bicentennial Farm Ownership
Woodward Family Recognized for Bicentennial Farm Ownership

Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized the Woodward family for more than 200 years of same-family farm ownership at the Gallia County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting. Ohillco Farms, located in Green Township, was founded by John and Sarah Newton in 1819. With this distinction, Ohillco Farms becomes the county’s first registered Bicentennial Farm.

Ohio’s Agricultural Heritage

The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognizes the social, economic, and historic contributions of Ohio’s family farms through its Ohio Historic Family Farms program, which recognizes farms that have remained in the same family for at least 100 years. Nearly 1,700 farms are registered as century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms, with at least two farms represented in each of the state’s 88 counties. Gallia County currently has 6 farms registered in the program.

Program History

In 1993, the department began collaborating with Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Historical Society to administer the Outstanding Ohio Century Farm Program. In 2003, the department became the sole sponsor of the program, and the Outstanding Ohio Century Farm program evolved into the Ohio Century Farm program. The program became the Ohio Historic Farms Program when it was expanded in 2013 to include a designation for Bicentennial Farms. Sesquicentennial Farms were added in 2016.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, including a list of current century, sesquicentennial, and bicentennial farms, as well as a downloadable registration form, visit (www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/). For additional information on how to apply for Ohio’s Historic Family Farms Program, contact program manager Erin Dillon at 614-752-4505 or email centuryfarms@agri.ohio.gov.