The province of Alberta continues to recognize farms and ranches that have operated for 100 years or more.
Initiated in 1992, the Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award honours families who have continuously owned and actively operated the same land for at least 100 years. About 1,400 bronze plaques have been issued to date.
Applicants are required to demonstrate the family relationship between them and the farm founder, and prove the date of homestead or establishment. The current size of the homestead or land base should be at least 160 acres.
Homestead documents can be searched at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in Edmonton, either directly by an applicant or by archived staff for a charge.
The archives can be contacted at 780-427-1750.
For additional information, contact the Alberta Century Farm & Ranch Award Program at 780-422-0492.