Helping preserve our farm heritage

We believe the stories, memories and heritage of family farms deserves to be preserved and shared for generations to come.

“To own a farm for 100 or 150 years is a testament to the values of land stewardship, hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance that are found in Iowa's farm families.”

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture 2007-2018

Preserving Our Farm History

Iowa’s rich and proud culture is rooted in the history of its earliest settlers whose lives and livelihood were centered around one aspect – the family farm. Currently this heritage resides with an aging demographic and is under threat of being lost forever, commonly due to the lack of alternatives or resources from surviving family members. It is imperative that this information be retained in a viable format to be shared and preserved among family, historians and geneologists.

According to the Iowa State University Extension:

  1. 55% of the land in Iowa is owned be people over the age of 65
  2. 28% is owned by people over 75
  3. 10% of the land in Iowa is owned by single women over 75

The Family Farm History Foundation aims to preserve and capture the past, present and future of farms across the United States with an easily accessible and user-driven website. Family farm members, both past and present, will now have the means to save and store this information easily and economically.

Discover real stories

Bud is a 94 year old farmer from Sheldahl, Iowa. His journey has taken him from plowing fields with a team of horses over 70 years ago, through the dust bowl, and to his current operation that he runs with the help of his two sons. A true family farmer.

Find farm records

The Iowa Century Farms program recognizes and honors families who have owned the farm for 100 years or more. The program was started in 1976 by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and has recognized 19,727 farms.

Share Your Story

Do you have a fond memory of the family farm? Write a short story, attach a picture and share it today!

Preserve Our History

Do you have family members who grew up on the farm and are getting old? Preserve their and stories by creating a post.

Stay Connected

Are your proud of your farm heritage? Join our community to hear stories of other people who love the heritage of family farms.