Fourteen farm owners and their historic properties were recognized at the 25th annual Georgia Centennial Farm Awards on the inaugural day of the 2017 Georgia National Fair in Perry…and two of those call Bulloch County ‘home.’

Lanier Farm and Olde Homeplace were both named award winners through the Georgia Centennial Farm Program, which is a partnership between the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Farm Bureau Federation; Georgia Department of Agriculture; Georgia Forestry Commission; and Georgia National Fair and Agricenter; with support from Georgia EMC and the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

More than 500 farms have been recognized through the Georgia Centennial Farm Program since its inception in 1993.

Recognition is given to farm owners through one of three distinguished awards: the Centennial Heritage Farm Award honors farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The Centennial Farm Award does not require continual family ownership, but farms must be at least 100 years old and listed in the NRHP. The Centennial Family Farm Award recognizes farms owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more that are not listed in the NRHP.

Other winners include:

Mary and Ben Newsome Family Farm, Crisp County

¨      Sandy Acres Ranch, Dade County

¨      Swicord Thomas Farm, Decatur County

¨      Rey-Brin Farm, Hall County

¨      Freeman Family Farm, Jackson County

¨      Aldred-Stevens-Smith Farm, Jefferson County

¨      Liberty Hill Ranch, LLC, Lamar County

¨      Bryans Family Farm, Morgan County

¨      McLain/Hood Farms of Orndorff Place, Terrell County

¨      Gibbs – Crumley Family Farm, Tift County

¨      James Paul Smith Family Farm, Turner County

¨      Alvin Pierce Henderson Farm, Ware County

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’