Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award

Alberta Century Farm & Ranch Award

Farming and Ranching consist of hard work and sacrifice, combined with a healthy dose of energy and unrelenting faith, spirit and vision, complemented by a new land of limitless natural resources, are 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 were what our parents and grandparents had.  And they had plenty of it.  Marked by the 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 on to your children.

An Element of Recognition.

Keeping the farm or ranch from generation to generation and actively operating is an impressive achievement for any Alberta family.  The Government of Alberta wishes to recognize these special families who built the foundation of prairie farming and ranching.

The Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award salutes those families who have continually owned and actively operated the same land for a minimum of 100 years.

It's important that those families be recognized.  If you know of a century farm or ranch family in your area, pass this information along and have them fill in the application form!

Am I eligible?

There are many century farms and ranches in Alberta.  Criteria has been set to identify these families, and includes the following:

  • at the time of application your land has been continuously owned and actively farmed or ranched by your family* for a minimum of 100 years**
  • you can provide evidence clearly 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 or farmland 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

Please note:
*If you need clarification of the definition of "family," please call 310-0000 and then 780-422-0492
**The 100 years starts from the time the land was occupied for farming or ranching.  In many cases, this was before the homestead title was issued.  Eligible land that has been rented to persons outside of the family during the 100 years or at the time of application is ineligible for an award
***You can search the homestead document(s) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta yourself, or you can phone the Archives to do the search for you, for a charge.  The address of the Archives is:
Provincial Archives of Alberta
Reference Desk
8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5W1
Phone:  780-427-1750
Fax:  780-427-4646

The application form can be downloaded here.
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