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Centennial Farm Award

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The Foundation of Farming and Ranching

Farming and ranching consists of hard work and sacrifice, combined with a healthy dose of energy and unrelenting faith.  This spirit and vision, complemented by a new land of limitless natural resources is what brought our forefathers to Alberta.  They settled the land to build the family farm or ranch — the place many of you continue to call home today.

Courage and determination was what our parents and grandparents had.  And they had plenty of it.  Marked by this same spirit of unshakeable resolve, it’s not surprising that second and third generations continue to build this rich heritage of agriculture.

It’s a heritage to be proud of.  Reflected by personal sacrifices, perseverance and a commitment to a family way of life, it’s a legacy that you too may pass onto your children.

An Element of Recognition

Keeping the farm or ranch from generation to generation and actively operating it is an impressive achievement for any Alberta family.  Athabasca County wishes to recognize the special families who built the foundation of our heritage by farming and ranching.

Athabasca County wishes to salute those families who have owned and operated the same land for a minimum of 100 years.

Am I Eligible?

Criteria have been set to identify the families eligible to receive this award.  It includes the following:

  • your land has been continuously owned and actively farmed or ranched by your family for a minimum of 100 years
  • you can provide evidence demonstrating the kinship ties between you and the founder of the farm, ranch or homestead
  • you can provide the legal land location
  • you can provide the date of homestead establishment
  • you can provide the current ownership land title
  • the current size of the original homestead or land base should be at least 160 acres of land

The Selection Process

If you meet these requirements, please contact Athabasca County Administration Office or your local councilor about two months prior to your 100-year anniversary date or your family celebration date.  Eligible applicants will be presented with the Athabasca County Centennial Award gate sign.

The Centennial Farm Award

Your family will receive a steel powder-coated gate sign (size: 36″ wide x 29.750″ tall) commemorating this 100-year milestone. This award, which can be placed at the gate or hung on a building, symbolizes your family’s perseverance and their ability to keep farming or ranching in the face of change.

Above all else, it represents the hard work and desire to carry on what was 100 years ago a dream, then a reality, and now a family tradition.

This award reflects the County’s confidence in the modern farm family’s ability to continue overcoming the constant challenges to remain on the land.

For more information about the Centennial Farm Award contact the Agricultural Service Department.

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