An amendment was made to the County’s 100 Years of Farming Policy at their meeting on Monday.
Families who have moved homesteads, but have still resided and farmed for over 100 years in the County, now qualify for what will be called the Pioneer Family Award.
Previously, what’s called the Heritage Family Award, was only available to those who had remained on their original homestead for 100 years or longer.
“They have to meet a couple of other criteria, but it allows them to then be eligible and be recognized for the significant contributions that they’ve made,” explained Sonja Raven, Ag. Fieldman for the County of Grande Prairie.
The Heritage Award will still exist under it’s current criteria, as there will now be two awards distributed through the 100 Years of Farming Policy.
“The new Pioneer Family Award is for those who have been farming in the County for 100 years, but may or may not have the original homestead for whatever reason,” said Raven. “Both of them have to have been farming and continue to be farming within the confines of the County of Grande Prairie for the last 100 years.”
Application and nomination forms can be found here.