Date(s) - February 25, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Has your land been continuously owned by the same family for a century or more – or will be in the near future? In a workshop being held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, you will have the opportunity to learn how to qualify for Ohio Historic Family Farm status. Hear how to research and apply for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation designation during the workshop at the Holmes County Central Library, 3102 Glen Drive, Millersburg, in the downstairs meeting room.

Sponsored by the Holmes County Historical Society and the Holmes County Recorder’s Office, the workshop will feature Recorder Anita Hall and Alan Miller, a journalism professor at Denison University in Granville and former executive editor of The Columbus Dispatch. Miller represents the eighth generation to own Indiantree Farm near Walnut Creek in Holmes County, land that has been owned by his family since 1814.

There are almost 2,000 historic family farms in Ohio, but many more could be eligible.

 “The Historic Family Farm program is important to share with residents to inform them of the possibility of historic preservation of their family farm,” said Mark Boley, executive director of the Holmes County Historical Society. “The Historical Society is pleased to help spread the word.”

To commemorate legacy farms like Indiantree Farm, the program was designed by the Agriculture Department’s Farmland Preservation Office in 1993 to honor farms that have been continuously owned by one family. Ohio’s founding farm families contribute to the state’s history and legacy of agriculture and food, which is the number one industry in Ohio, contributing more than $100 billion annually to the state’s economy with one in seven jobs in agriculture.

 To learn more about the Historic Family Farm Program, call 614-752-4505 or email [email protected]

The Feb. 25 workshop in Millersburg is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Holmes County Historical Society at [email protected] or 330-674-0022.