Green farms of Byemoor were awarded the ATB Agricultural Farm Family Award at the 47th annual award ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Nominated by Byemoor councillor Les Stulberg, the Green farms were chosen over the other nominees in the County of Stettler.
“We are proud and honoured to receive such a prestigious award,” said Dale Green of the family farm.
The Green farms are a fifth-generation operation, established in 1910 by Thomas and Elizabeth Green.
Their son Albert Green and wife Connie followed in their footsteps, as did Albert’s son Robert Green and wife Eileen.
Robert’s son Dale and his wife Dee now operate the mixed farming operation with their daughter Dara and husband Cody and son Rowen’s help.
“Our son Derek and other daughter Delaine and her husband Jonathan with their son Jackson Bennett help out in busy times,” said Green. “Hopefully, our grandson Rowen will carry on farming, becoming the sixth generation to farm the Green family farms.”
In 2010, the Green farms received the Alberta Century Farm and Ranch Award for families who have owned and operated the same land for a minimum of 100 years.
The award was sponsored by the Northlands and ATB Agriculture, which recognized 13 family-run farming operations throughout Alberta for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and their community.
“I believe the expenses of farming as well as time consumption, combined with a lack of purchasable land has deterred the youth from farming in today’s world,” said Green. “I will advise the young people to save up money, those who want to take up farming, and be prepared to work as hard as you can, get involved with your community and enjoy your family and life while doing it.”