Extension recognizes 2 Century Farms
The University of Missouri Extension honored two Barry County families Thursday who live on Century Farms.
Duane and Colleen Kaiser, and Mike and Jean Washick, brought their children and grandchildren to the ceremony at Memorial Park in Cassville.
Century Farms recognize people with certificates for owning farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years.
Jon Washick, Mike's great-great-grandfather who immigrated to the U.S. from Lidzbark, Poland, bought the family's 80-acre farm more than 100 years ago. The farm -- which the MU Extension recognized for being established in 1884 -- is about two miles south of Highway 60 and one mile east of Route 97. Hudson Creek is about 400 feet from the north side of the property line.
"That is where we spent most of our time fishing or hunting," Mike Washick said as he reminisced about growing up on the farm before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1976, when he was 21.
The family raises cattle and has two poultry houses on the farm, he said.
Duane Kaiser said his grandparents, Albert and Louise Buchholz, established their 80-acre farm between Purdy and Monett around June 1914.
His great-grandfather was a Russian citizen who lived in Germany, he said. The family has dairy cattle on the farm.
The MU Extension has kept track of Century Farms since 1976, said Tim Schnakenberg, the regional agronomy specialist for Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence, Stone and Taney counties.
He thinks about 8,000 farms have been cataloged in Missouri over the lifetime of the program, Schnakenberg said.