Delburne-area family earns Golden Furrow Award
The winners of Sunnybrook Farm Museum’s 2013 Golden Furrow Award is a farming family with a 110-year legacy in the Cumberland area near Delburne.
Born in Norway, Niels Lund came to Central Alberta in 1902 with wife Lena, acquiring a quarter section through the Dominion Lands Act.
Son George registered an adjacent quarter section in the same year, and both of those slots have had Lund family members living and working on them ever since.
The family pioneer built many of the buildings in the Cumberland area, including the local school. Niels was also a fiddle player, hunter and trapper, taxidermist, and a maker of moonshine of high repute. Son George built a house that stands to this day, and had a butcher shop in Red Deer.
Some of the 70 descendents of Lund and both first wife Lena and second wife Inger still farm and ranch in the area.
In presenting the award, the family’s ongoing community service in the area was noted as well.
The award was presented to the family as part of Pioneer Days at Sunnybrook Farm Museum over the weekend.
The Golden Furrow Award was created in 2005 to recognize and honour the agricultural pioneers of Central Alberta.