Carman Ranch of Wallowa has been named one of six properties honored this year as an Oregon Century Farm or Ranch.
Kent Carman, Cory Carman Flynn and Dave Flynn make up Carman Ranch LLC and are the current owners and operators. Kent and Cory Carman are descendants of founder Jacob Weinhard. Dave Flynn is Cory’s husband.
Weinhard founded the ranch in 1913 with the purchase of 2,500 acres. An additional 40 acres were added in 1915.
Early crops included wheat, barley, oats, alfalfa, cattle and pigs. In the early 1970s this changed to wheat, cattle and hay.
The ranch currently raises cattle and pigs and no longer raises wheat.
An annual awards ceremony will take place at the Oregon State Fair in Salem and will also include awards for Sesquicentennial Farms and Ranches. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Picnic Grove Boots N’ Brew Area.
The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program launched in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land and to educated Oregonians on the importance of agriculture in the past and ongoing history of the state.
Award winners receive a certificate signed by the governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Historic roadside signs are imprinted with the founder’s name and the year the ranch or farm was established.