Book to feature Illinois Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farms

ILfarmThe publisher of an upcoming book ­honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to their publicity campaign has been overwhelming, but a large number of farm owners still haven’t heard about the project.

The coffee-table book, “Illinois Historic Farms: Honoring the State’s Enduring Heritage of Family-Owned Farms,” will feature histories of family-owned farms that have been certified by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as Centennial or Sesquicentennial Farms, as well as photos and stories ­documenting the history of agricul­ture in the state.

Editor Charles Francis of Acclaim Press says, “Submissions from those who want their farm histories included in the book have been pouring in.” But a large number of the promotional mailings have been returned undelivered to the publisher, and they are hearing from local sources that many Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farm owners haven’t gotten a brochure.

Because of the mailing issues, the ­publisher mailed out an updated ­brochure in July with the submission deadline extended to August 31. Any Centennial or Sesquicentennial Award-winning farm that hasn’t received a ­promotional mailing should call Acclaim Press at (877) 427-2665 to request a ­brochure. There is still time for farms that meet the

­criteria to complete the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s certification process and be included in the book. Call IDOA Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farms Program Coordinator Delayne Reeves at (217) 524-9129 or go to the program’s website, details on the program. For more information visit