Extension recognizes 2 Century Farms

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Washick family receives a certificate Thursday from the University of Missouri Extension for having a Century Farm. Front row, from left: Adyson and Dylan Washick. Back row: Mike, Jean, John and Winter Washick. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

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.

The Kaiser family receives a certificate Thursday from the University of Missouri Extension for having a Century Farm. Front row, from left: Kylin and Sophie Wagner. Back row: Stephanie Kaiser, Bryan Wagner, Angie Wagner, James Kaiser, Colleen Kaiser and Duane Kaiser. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Colleen Kaiser and Mike Washick gather food during a fish fry before Thursday's Century Farm ceremony for the Kaiser and Washick families at Memorial Park in Cassville. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

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.

Derek Couch, a member of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Barry County, holds a pan Thursday as Becky Wogoman, of the Missouri University Extension, places hushpuppies into it. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

He thinks about 8,000 farms have been cataloged in Missouri over the lifetime of the program, Schnakenberg said.

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