David Wood Farm to Receive Century Farm Award

Rexburg, ID – On Friday, August 9th at 1:00 pm David Wood and his family will be honored with the Century Farm Award.

The Century Farm Award honors and recognizes families that have continuously owned and actively farmed the same land their ancestors did 100 years ago or more. The family will be awarded with a Century Farm sign and certificate signed by Governor Brad Little, Janet L. Gallimore, Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society, and Celia Gould, Director of the Department of Agriculture.

 In 1900, George H. Wood, grandfather of David, moved from Wellsville, Utah, to Rexburg and purchased a small farm west of town. The Homestead Act opened the Rexburg Bench in 1903, and George and his two brothers homesteaded separate parcels on Moody Creek. Wood’s homestead was located just south of the present-day farm headquarters.

 This particular 160 acres that George purchased from his neighbors in 1918 where cattle were raised and wheat was grown, passed down to his son, Seth W. Wood. Today the farm is owned and operated by George Wood’s grandson, David Wood, producing wheat, barley and potatoes. 

Since the Century Farm/Ranch program began in 1990, over 400 farms and ranches statewide have been designated Idaho Century Farms or Ranches by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the Idaho State Historical Society. The program recognizes a farm or ranch owned and operated in Idaho by the same family for at least 100 years with at least 40 acres of the original parcel of land still maintained as part of the present holding.

 The Idaho State Historical Society is an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Museum, State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, and Old Idaho Penitentiary, and Historic Sites Program.

"We seek to inspire, enrich and engage all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and shape the future," said the historical society. 

To learn more visit www.history.idaho.gov.

To contact Lisa Dayley Smith write to lsmith@uvsj.com