Delaware Department of

Century Farm Program

What is a Century Farm?

On July 23, 1987 Governor Michael N. Castle announced the establishment of the Delaware Century Farm program. This program honors Delaware farm families who have owned the same farmland for one hundred years or longer.

New Century Farm Award recipients are recognized by the Secretary of Agriculture at an annual presentation ceremony. Each family receives an engraved pewter tray and a certificate suitable for framing. The name of the farm and owners are also engraved on large recognition plaques on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Please note: The annual deadline for applications is September 1st.

Would my farm qualify for the Century Farm Program?

  • Your family must have owned the farm for 100 years or longer. The farm may have passed within the family through any relationship: marriage, parent to child, uncle to niece, grandmother to grandchild, etc.
  • At least ten acres of the original tract of land must still be part of your farm; however you do not have to live on the farm and it may be farmed by tenant farmers.
  • Applications must include a map and/or a legal description of the farm as well copies of documents (deeds, orphans court documents, or wills) showing when the farm was originally acquired by your family and then how it was transferred within the family since its acquisition.

If you believe your farm qualifies, submit an application with the questions answered to the best of your ability (there may be certain questions you cannot answer.)

Century Farm Application


For further information, please contact the Agland Preservation section at the Delaware Department of Agriculture at 302-698-4500.
Note: TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service number at (800) 232-5460 for assistance.

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