The May family of Mankato has been named Blue Earth County’s “2019 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.

Joseph and Katherine May came to the farm in 1865. The couple lived in a small brick house that was built in 1856 by the federal government for the Winnebago Reservation that was in place from 1855 to 1863. The Mays’ son, George, eventually took over the farm and in 1901 remodeled and enlarged the home, keeping the original older part intact. The farm is where Jack and Lisa May and their family now call home.

The families will be officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 8 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn.