It was an award a century in the making.
At the Sturgeon Proud Awards Night on Wednesday (Apr.10), members of the community were recognized for their service to the county. The Victoor family (Victoor Seed Farm) and three others were presented with the 100 Year Farm Award.
Rene Victoor, the current owner, said the family's ownership dates back to 1919, when his grandfather purchased it. They began as a seed farm and have ran it ever since — briefly running a dairy farm, as well — before selling it.
"The same guys have been there for many years," Victoor explained. "Some of the younger generations are taking over and helping now. "
Some of the buildings on the farm date back to before the Victoor family. The property contains an old log cabin built in the 1800s and the house Rene grew up in.
"The big house where I was born was built in 1903," he said. "It's still there — we put a metal roof on it and use it for meetings now."
Some of his first memories from the farm were milking cows, riding horses and plowing fields. The family had no vehicle at the time and had to do the plowing by horse.
"We got our first vehicle in 1952," Victoor recalled. "We rode with the horse and the buggy before that."
Rene still actively works on the farm, sharing the load with his son and grandson now. He said he has no plans of leaving the farm life behind anytime soon.
You can find a full list of awards winners here.