Centennial Farm Program
The Centennial Farm Program recognizes farms that have remained in the same family for 100 years or more and highlights the farm’s contributions to Michigan’s development. To be designated as a Centennial Farm, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continuously owned by the same family for at least 100 years.
Once a farm is certified through the Michigan Centennial Farm Program, the owners will receive a certificate as well as a display marker for their farm. The official green-and-yellow markers are sponsored by Michigan electrical utility companies to commemorate the dramatic changes electricity brought to farm operation and family life. The family also receives a one-year membership with the Historical Society of Michigan.
The Michigan Centennial Farm Program has certified thousands of farms since its inception in 1948 and has been operated by the Historical Society of Michigan since 2008. The program is made possible by significant support from our lead sponsors, DTE Energy Foundation and Consumers Energy. We deeply appreciate their support that makes it possible for this program to thrive and grow. GreenStone Farm Credit Services and Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) also provide support for the program.
The Historical Society of Michigan also offers a Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial Farm Program to recognize, upon request, certified Centennial Farms that have been owned by the same family for at least 150 or 200 years, respectively.
Please see our Apply/Order page to apply for Centennial, Sesquicentennial, or Bicentennial certification or to order replacement markers.
Centennial Farm families are also eligible for membership in the Michigan Centennial Farm Association, an affinity group of farmers who have obtained Centennial and/or Sesquicentennial farm status. The association was established in 1955.
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