The Francis family was the recipient of the Century Farm and Ranch award recently.
They were one of 17 area families recognized and honoured at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on August 2.
The 480 acre farm was first purchased by the family in 1916. Currently it is owned by Reed and Evelyn Francis. Their house was built in 1954 and based just off Yellowhead Trail near Ardrossan.
"My mom had to take meals to the field. Mom and dad had land that was two miles away, so when dad went to work, she either had to make him a lunch or she would make a meal and go to the field," said Evelyn, recounting what it was like growing up on the farm. "I did that too, after I was married."
Evelyn and her husband have lived on the farm since 1958, when her father could no longer manage it himself.
Before the couple retired, they used to care for cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys. They no longer have any livestock and their son, Greg (from Sherwood Park), helps grow barley and wheat.
Being now retired the couple is still active in volunteering in the community and helping at a local church.
In total 96 families in Alberta recently received recognition for farming on the same land for 100 years or more.
Since 1993, more than 1,750 families have received the Government of Alberta’s Century Farm and Ranch awards.

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