Clearwater County is proud of its agricultural history and with
many homesteaders arriving in the in the early 1900’s - many farms in
the area are, or soon will be, hitting the 100 year milestone.
The Century Farm designation is intended to recognize and celebrate
those founding families that own at least 160 acres in Clearwater
County, which have been owned/farmed by descendants for at least 100
The Agricultural Services Board will accept and verify applications
and select recipients on a case by case basis. Century Farm recipients
will receive a plasma cut metal sign.
To review eligibility criteria, click here
to see the Century Farm policy.
Since 1985 Clearwater County and the Agricultural Service Board
have recognized 23 deserving farm families within our region. Awards are
presented at the annual Rocky Mountain House Chamber Banquet,
recipients are nominated for the Edmonton Northlands Farm Fair Farm
Family Award, presented every other year.
Agriculture remains a primary industry as Alberta’s farming
population decreases. It is important to recognize families within our
community setting the example of high ideals in agriculture,
relationships between urban and rural farms/businesses and opportunities
of rural citizenship.
Guidelines when considering nominees:
- A family deserving of recognition for Agricultural and Community involvement.
- An active farm where agriculture is the major source of income generated by family (immediate) residing on the farm.
- Preference is given to multi-generational operations.
The annual rural beautification awards competition was held on August 2nd, with five judges on the tour representing the horticultural and landscape industry, agriculture and the media. After spending the day visiting a total of 9 properties winners were chosen in three different categories.
Brian and Cindy Martinson
Acreage Under 15 Years:
Barry and Linda Proudlove
Acreage Over 15 Years:
Reg and Sherrie Kyncl
John and Will Paradis came to call the Caroline area home when the family moved there in 1959. The family farm was the first venture and later came the addition of a saw mill. The boys would take two days off a week from school to work at the mill.
As they grew up, they were riding anything and everything plus racing in local motorcycle hare scrambles.
As time went on, John and Will realized it was necessary to give back to the west country and began working on neighbourhood trails for snowmobiles and ATVs.
They wanted to make sure the land was looked after so there would be a place for their children, grandchildren and family to go riding.
In 2002, they took part in the formation of the Bighorn Heritage ATV Society. Since that time the brothers have spent countless volunteer hours developing and maintaining trails in the Hummingbird and Bighorn Dam areas.
Given their creative genius and ingenuity, they came up with a variety of techniques and equipment to improve and maintain trails. Much of their inventiveness has allowed work to be done with small, versatile equipment which leaves a small footprint on the landscape. They have shared their expertise as contractors on the Rig Street Trail project as part of the Clearwater Trails Initiative.