Commissioner Staples honors historic properties during 36th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony
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AUSTIN — In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples honored 119 farms and ranches spanning 74 Texas counties at the 36th Annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony in 2011. The ceremony, which was held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol, recognized families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more.

Among these farms and ranches was Paradise Hill Farm and Cemetery located in Karnes County one mile northeast of Falls City on CR 237. Founded in 1903 by John W. Szalwinski. Current owner is Justin Wilbert Szalwinski, Sr.

“The families we honor today continue their ancestors’ legacies of nurturing and caring for the land,” Commissioner Staples said. “They truly represent the dreams of the pioneers who entered the Texas frontier and built the family farms and ranches that endure to this day. I congratulate these families for making Texas a leader in agriculture.”
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