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Fahlenkamps' Hornibrook Farm named Centennial

 

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CENTENNIAL FARMERS: Left to right: Keith, Brad, Greg, and Adam Fahlenkamp.

A good piece of farmland is likely to stay in the family. That's one conclusion of a look at longtime farm families in Washington state, including the Fahlenkamp brothers, who grew up farming with their dad near Goldendale and recently partnered up to buy the original acreage their mom's great-grandfather bought in 1888. Today their farm is recognized as one of Washington State's Centennial Farms, an honor bestowed on only 24 farms featured in the Central Washington chapter of an online publication produced by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA): Washington's Centennial Farms, 25 Years Later. The farms have been in the same family since before Washington became a state.

The Fahlenkamp brothers-Keith, a U.S. Navy engineer; Adam, a park ranger at Brooks Memorial State Park; Greg,  a surveyor for an engineering firm; and Brad, an elementary schoolteacher-work with their father Walt Fahlenkamp to operate Hornibrook Farm.

Like many of the state's Centennial Farms, Hornibrook began as a 320-acre parcel, acquired by one pioneering man, and was bequeathed to his descendants over the years. By 2014, the land had been added to and the farming operation had grown, still owned by a group of Hornibrook relations.

The new Washington's Centennial Farms online publication tells the story of changes in the state's agriculture industry since 1989 through the voices and experience of longtime farm families.

The Hornibrook Farm grows wheat, Haybet barley, alfalfa, and grass-fed Angus beef. The four brothers and their father farm close to 3,000 acres, some theirs, some belonging to their father, and some owned by Hornibrook aunts and uncles.

To view Washington's Centennial Farms, 25 Years Later, go to the WSDA website, http://www.agr.wa.gov, and search "Centennial Farms Publications."

 

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