Aug 24, 2018 - 3 months ago
By Supply Post
Alberta families who have farmed the same land for 100 years or more were recently recognized with Century Farm and Ranch awards.
Recipients of the award received a bronze plaque to commemorate this significant milestone. A total of 96 families were recognized across the province, including 17 families who were honoured at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Aug. 2nd.
“Agriculture is at the core of who we are as Albertans. It’s an integral part of the foundation of our province’s cultural heritage, our strong economy and our vibrant rural communities. It is an honour to recognize these founding families and their legacy. Our government continues to support the sustainable growth of our local food industry and the hard-working entrepreneurs in this sector.”
Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
“There are not very many farms that make it to 100 years in one family. We feel very lucky to have stayed together on this land. I’ve been here from the time when we were seeding land with a team of four horses to the modern tractors now. I have to say, I prefer the air conditioned cabs!”
Steve Holowaychuk of Smoky Lake, Century Farm and Ranch Award recipient
Since 1993, more than 1,750 families have received the Government of Alberta’s Century Farm and Ranch awards.
Agriculture is the province’s largest renewable industry, with exports valued at more than $11 billion annually. There are more than 40,000 farms in Alberta, totalling more than 50 million acres.
Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award recipients at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village: