Every year the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize farms that have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years as Centennial Farms. In addition the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize farms that have been in continuous family ownership for at least 150 years as Sesquicentennial Farms.

Sesquicentennial Farms being recognized this year date back to their beginning in the 1850's and 1860's. That is back around the time Minnesota became a state. These families owned these farms through two world wars, the great depression and the Farm Crisis of the 1980's. I was looking over the list and I noticed Goodhue County has 7 Sesquicentennial Farms this year!

Tom and Mary Ann Henderson, Zumbrota, 1869                                                             Christopher and Stephanie Kalass, Zumbrota, 1869                                                         Loretta and Larry Lee, Randolph, 1860                                                                            Gary and Judy Luebke, Kenyon 1860                                                                              Kristin Ugland Nystuen, Kenyon 1865                                                                              Malloy Family Farms, Kenyon, 1857                                                                                   Gregory F. and Paula J Germann, Red Wing, 1869

Other Sesquicentennial Farms from our listening area include"

Ruth A. Brandvold Hines, Waseca, 1865                                                                           Dennis and Glenda Jewison, Janesville, 1868                                                                   Paul, Joyce, Steve and Bernedette McNallan, Kellogg, 1868                                             Calvin Nicholas Strauss, Goodhue, Goodhue, 1869                                                           Richard Donovan, Hartland, 1867                                                                                       Raymond E. and Evon Kruger, Hartland, 1868                                                                   Ronald and Julie Stadheim Family Farm, Albert Lea, 1864                                                Cletus and Eleanor Rath, Easton, 1869                                                                              Schroeder Family Farm, Blue Earth, 1868                                                                          Daniel E. Sowers, Vernon Center, 1866