Centennial Farms

Premiered 12-15-16

With a rich history in homesteading, farming and ranching, Colorado boasts nearly 500 Centennial Farms, which remain in operation and are run by descendants of the original families. This is no small feat considering the numerous challenges to farming over the past century including the Dust Bowl, increased mechanization of farm and ranching equipment, and the economic hardships faced by each generation. These structures capture the rich history of Colorado, from the fighting Trujillo Brother’s and their battle for ranch ownership, to Marie Guiraud’s tenacity as she ran the Buffalo Peaks Ranch with the help of her ten children. Explore the beauty of Colorado’s rich agricultural history.

Lesson Plans

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Additional Resources:

Bee Family Farm Centennial Museum
Salazar Farm & Ranch
Centennial Farms Program (History Colorado) 
Centennial Farms Program (Colorado.Gov) 
How to Apply to Be a Centennial Farm


Additional Reading:

Centennial Farms & Ranches: A Century of Seasons By Michael Lewis

Colorado Experience Jr. Centennial Farms

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