The County of Grande Prairie named the Vavrek family its 2022 Farm Family of the Year. The award  recognizes significant contributions to the agricultural community within the County of Grande Prairie, the region and the province. 

The Vavrek family has been farming in the Sexsmith area since 1947. County of Grande Prairie Agricultural Fieldman Sonya Raven says the Vavrek’s represent excellence in farming and the community.

“Our 2022 recipients are carrying on their lengthy farming heritage, evidenced by their deep commitment to agriculture, family, and community. We are proud to celebrate them as this year’s Farm Family.”

Michael Vavrek was noted as one of the first farmers to grow canola in the County. Michael Vavrek Jr. and his wife Melody took over the farm in 1993 and work together with their sons Brett and Daylan.

Michael Vavrek was asked what contributes to their success as farmers and within the community, his immediate response was “family.”

“My father was my role model, along with our close neighbours who helped us make good decisions in our lives that have led to a great career in farming by following their best practices and the legacy they have provided us.”

The Vavrek family is currently farming 3,200 acres of mixed grain, oilseed, and cattle. In 2012, the farm received the Elite Barley Grower of Alberta Award, along with County Fair ribbons for their grain and vegetables in past years.

The Vavrek family will receive formal recognition at a banquet during the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show on March 11th.