Centennial Farms Program

Centennial Farm Program Logo with Barn and Columbine

In 1986 the Colorado Centennial Farms program was created by Governor Richard D. Lamm, the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state's history and economic development. Today, the program is administered by the State Historical Fund, a program of History Colorado. The Colorado Centennial Farms program was the first program of its kind in the nation to give a Historic Structures Award to families who have successfully preserved historic buildings on their farms and ranches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides this additional recognition.

Families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more are encouraged to submit a nomination to receive a Colorado Centennial Farms award. Selected nominees are honored each ear at the Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo., in August. Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business on April 30.

Nominees must meet the following requirements to be honored as a Colorado Centennial Farm:
  • Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years
  • Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch­­­
  • Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres
  • Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales

How to nominate: Download a Colorado Centennial Farms application, or call Lyle Miller at (303) 866-2779.

Application Deadline: April 30

Centennial Farms Awards: The Colorado Centennial Farms awards will be presented at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo in August. At the ceremony, award recipients will receive a certificate signed by the Governor and a sign to display on their property. In addition, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will recognize families who have maintained the historic buildings on their property that are 50 years old or older.

To date, more than 400 Colorado farms and ranches representing 61 counties across the state have received the Centennial Farms award. The majority of these farms were established between 1880 and 1895.

More Information: Visit History Colorado's Centennial Farms website

Questions: Contact Lyle Miller, (303) 866-2779 or email lyle.miller@state.co.us.