The National Trust for Historic Preservation's BARN AGAIN! Program is no longer active. While the program was active, it helped farmers and ranchers find ways to maintain and use historic barns and agricultural buildings as part of modern agricultural production. Created and managed in partnership with Successful Farming magazine, the BARN AGAIN! Program offered publications on technical issues, organized educational workshops, advocated for barn preservation funding on the federal, state and local level, and recognized good stewardship through an Award Program.
How many historic barns are there?
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture included a question about historic barns. Information about the number of active farms with barns built before 1960 is available, including a listing of the results by state.
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The publication, Historic Barns: Working Assets for Sustainable Farms, is available from the National Trust. Written by Michigan small farmer and author Edward Hoogterp, this publication describes how older and historic barns can provide practical benefits to one of the most exciting and fastest-growing segments of the rural economy – sustainable agriculture. Using several case studies, the publication explains how historic barns can meet important functional, economic and marketing needs of sustainable producers. Download a free copy here.