Jackson County Family Receives Recognition for Century-Old Farm

By: Heather Waliga
By: Heather Waliga

For the last 100-years, there has been a Reese in the farming business in Jackson.

The Reese family has been working the same piece of land in eastern Jackson County, near Altha, for more than a century.

Now, the Florida Department of Agriculture has named their farm a Century Pioneer Family Farm, one of only 124 farms in the state.

Wayne Reese has lived there his entire life, along with his dad and his great-grandfather.

Even his children and grandchildren have homes on the property.

Over the years the farm has produced everything from pigs and goats to cotton and peanuts.

Wayne’s current crop is hay used in cattle operations.

He says, "It was an honor, a real honor," to receive the award.

The family farm program began 25 years ago and is headed by the Florida Department of Agriculture along with the Florida Agriculture Museum.


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