Four families added to the DE Century Farm program, officials emphasizing agriculture support

DOVER, Del. – It’s no secret that Agriculture is one of the leading industries in Delaware. That’s why state officials are honoring farmers across the state who are using innovative ways to keep the farms going for years.

Families who have been farming for over 100 years otherwise known as century farms have the honor of being inducted into the century farm program. This year, four more families were recognized, The Eashum family, the Everett family, the Johnson family, and the Warner family. “It’s all because of the past generations, they’ve passed it down and allowed us to be a part of it,” says Alvin Warner, owner of Warner Farms. Denise Shartridge from Eashum Farms adds, “It’s a small farm but we love it still. My dad took care of everything so when he passed, luckily my husband was there to pick up the things my dad used to do.”]

According to Governor Carney, keeping farms in the family business is getting more and more difficult. He says his administration’s commitment to preserving agriculture is exemplified by these century farmers. “I think the best way to do that is to make agriculture and farming profitable for those who are working the farm and these families have been able to do that.” Governor Carney adds, “They are in a state of neighbors like Delaware, they are pretty special and it was special getting to meet them individually.”

State officials and farmers say the ag community needs support now more than ever, that’s why increased the resources in the budget bill this year from $10 million to $20 million. However, farmers say they still have their work cut out for them. “We watch all this land behind developed, how are we going to produce that, how are we going to feed the people and that’s a real concern,” says Warner.

For farmers, although they say keeping their farms for over a century didn’t come easy, being honored makes it worth it. “My wife was a big part of this as well and it is what it is today because of our working together. I would certainly think it would be an encouragement to see that someone could exist that long,” says Warner. Shartridge adds, “It will be something to have forever and hopefully my Godchildren will carry on this legacy.”

Delaware Officials also say they are still looking for more farms throughout the state who are close to hitting their 100 year mark.

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