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Four Delaware farm families honored for 100 years of farm ownership

Dec 12, 2018

Delaware’s Department of Agriculture is honoring four First State families for their commitment to farming the same land for 100 years or more.


The latest set of Century Farm Award recipients includes Elizabeth Warren and her husband Thomas.  They own a 112-acre farm in the Nanticoke Hundred, just west of Georgetown.

“And really, it’s special to have something to pass down to our kids,” said Warren.

Warren says her family currently rents out most of the farm’s acreage, however her kids do raise sheep, which they exhibit every year at the Delaware State Fair.

She says the farm is from her husband’s side of the family.

“His father inherited it from his stepfather who is Sudler Wilson. And Sudler farmed it for many, many years, both on his own and with his father Joshua. And Joshua’s father Elzey bought the farm from his in-laws who are the Isaacs. And that’s what we were able to trace back to through the years,” Warren said.

The state has now honored 143 farms as part of the Century Farm program.

 

“They started under Mike Castle in 1987. And so we have honored 143 farms throughout Delaware since then,”said Ag Dept. community relations chief Stacey Hofmann,

This year’s other honorees are Michael and Iris McCabe and Family from Millsboro, Mark Mihalik and Family from Bridgeville and Craig and Connie Mumford Truitt from Seaford.

 

Hofmann says the farms must include at least 10 acres of the original parcel or gross more than $10,000 annually in agricultural sales to be included in the Delaware Century Farm Program.

She says the Century Farm families received a sign for their farm, an engraved plate and a legislative tribute.