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Weld County family celebrating 100 years of farming

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Spending 100 years tending the same farmland is worth a celebration for one family. The public is invited to tour the Von Trotha-Firestien Historic Farm at Bracewell on Saturday.

The open farm event from noon to 4 p.m. commemorates the Firestien Family’s 100-year connection to the land.

People can tour the farm, and learn about its history and structures. There will be activities such as pony rides and a blacksmithing demonstration, and there are displays such as antique tractors.

Lunch will be provided by the Dairy Gals. A food drive to benefit Weld Food Bank will also take place.

Since 1917, the Firestien family has lived on and farmed the property northwest of Greeley in the settlement of Bracewell.

Peter and Sophia Firestien first lived on the property, and were tenant farmers for Bode and Claude Von Trotha, known as the Von Trotha Brothers.

Peter’s son, Conrad Firestien, later took over farming operations and farmed with his son, Chuck Firestien. Chuck’s nephew, Mark Firestien, still farms the property today.

Von Trotha-Firestien Farm is located at 83rd Avenue and O Street (30951 County Road 27), northwest of Greeley. The farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.