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Ozark County 2018 Century Farm


(photo credit: Sue Ann Jones of the Ozark County Times)

Awarded to- Scott and Wanda Brown of Theodosia 

The Brown Family Farm was established August 27th, 1898 by Scotts Great- Great Grandfather, Clate Brown. Over the past 120 years the farm has produced cattle, hay fields and pastures for grazing, cultivated countless kitchen gardens, hosted wealthy tourists as premium fox hunting territory and is the setting of a published memoir named “Son of Pioneers” where Scotts Great-Uncle Omer describes what it was like growing up at the turn of the century in the Township of Lutie. Several of the “pioneers” portrayed in that memoir have been traced back to some of the original gravesites in the Old Lutie Cemetery. Remnants of the original homestead, built by Clate who was described as “a pretty fair stone mason,” can still be found where a long-standing stone foundation, fireplace and part of a chimney are weathered away abandoned. Scott can recall a time when his Grandma’s dogs and chickens would peck and wander through the old leaning structure coming in and out through the open windows. In 2013- Scott, a retired steam fitter/welder, and Wanda, a retired RN, have taken guardianship of the Brown Family Farm. They arrived to find that the 40 acre parcel had been sitting idle for ages and have spent the past five years restoring, rejuvenating and enhancing the property. Presently they have established 24 head of cattle, surrendered a handful of laying hens to some typical Ozarkian predators and this will be the first year they will get to harvest some apples and pears from their fruit trees. Scott and Wanda are delighted that their property has been recognized as a Missouri Century Farm and hope that any one of their six children will continue safeguarding the Brown Family Farm for generations to come.

 

Ozark County 2018 State Fair Farm Family

  
Jarrett (9), Jenna (13), Jackson (10), Joe and Jaime Uchtman
Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement;
Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau;
State Fair Queen 2018
Samantha Nelson,
State Fair Commissioners,
Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard;
Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Dept. of Agriculture;
and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The Uchtman family of Gainesville were honored during the 60th Annual Missouri Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and/or who participate in local outreach and extension programs. The Uchtman family was selected as the Ozark County’s Farm Family by the Ozark County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. 

And with the support of these local Sponsors:  
       Gainesville Ag Supply, 
       Gainesville Building Supply,
       Gainesville Livestock,
       Theodosia Hardware,
       Foster Feed, 
       Morrison Fertilizer,
       Century Bank Gainesville,
       Diamond T Farms,
       First Home Savings and
       WMC Cattle Co.

 

*SEEKING VENDORS*

For more information and/or request a vendor application - Contact:
     Melisa or Laramie at 417-679-4876,
     Sheri at 417-679-3935 or
     Traci at 417-679-3525.

 

 

 

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