Two families in the County of Grande Prairie are celebrating a century on their farms in 2018 this year. Both the Normans and Van Schaicks were recently recognized with 100 Years of Farming Awards.

“Our county has such deep roots in agriculture; roots that have strongly shaped our heritage and values,” says Agricultural Fieldman Sonja Raven. “We admire the commitment and dedication these families have shown to agriculture and our community.”

The Van Schaicks first homesteaded a quarter of land just southeast of Wembley in 1916. It has stayed with the family since and has only recently been rented out.

“This is the only quarter of land that is still in the Van Schaick family’s name so this award is important to our family legacy,” says Beverly Van Schaick.

The Norman family’s father moved to Alberta from Norway via the U.S. and homesteaded northeast of La Glace. His eldest son Anson took over the family farm, and still lives there and farms grain to this day.

“Recognizing family legacy is important,” says his sister Vella Anderson. “Our family is honoured to receive this beautiful and meaningful award.”

Applications for the 100 Years of Farming Awards are accepted online.

Councillor and Agricultural Service Board Chair Corey Beck, Deputy Reeve Ross Sutherland, Beverly Van Schaick, County of Grande Prairie