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Century Farms: Learn More About This Heritage Program

From Soil & Water:

Do you want to be a Century Farm? Has your farm been in your family for at least 100 years? At Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District, we want to encourage the farm families that have kept their farms in their family for many generations to apply for Century Farm status through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences.

Requirements to become a Century Farm Family

  1. Ownership of Property by Family for 100 Years of More: This can be determined from an abstract of title or original records such as original deed or land patents. Other authentic land records may be acceptable in some cases.
  2. Continuous Family Ownership: The farm (in whole or in part) must have been in continuous family ownership. Title to the century property today must reside in a blood relative of the original owner, or a legally adopted child of the descendant. Continuous residence in the state or on the property is not required, but the title to the property must be continuous. An abstract of title is the best evidence of continuous family ownership.
  3. Only One Certificate Issued Per Property: There shall be only one certificate issued for a piece of property. For example, a descendant may not receive another certificate if a former owner or relative has already received a certificate for the same property. This certificate is 8.5x11 and fits in a standard certificate frame.

If you need more information, please email or call Ariel Zijp, Farmland Preservation Coordinator at 828-250-4794,

Download the application here.

Send applications to:

NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1001

For more information, click here.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Andrea Ashby at 919-707-3004 or

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Published Oct 23, 2020 07:00 AM