M.D. farmers win Farm Family Award

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Farming is a critical part of culture and the economy of Alberta with many family constantly putting endless amounts of effort, as well as countless hours into their farms. One of these families is the Unruhs, a third generation farming family who were nominated for and winners of the Farm Family Award.

“Well, we found out in January that we were nominated by our M.D. councillor and the M.D. refuted all the nominations and we were elected as award recipient,” said Lynda. “We were very surprised, pleased, and honoured, but very surprised. We had no idea that the contest — I think we read about it a couple of times prior to that — but we never thought of us in that category I guess. But yeah, it was very nice for us.”

She also explained what they do well on that led to the award.

“I think our commitment to our community and the organizations within our community is what led to the nomination,” said Lynda. “Brent has been actively farming and it has been a generational farm since as long as I can remember, and as long as he can probably remember he was farming with his father when he was just a little kid, and loved and had a passion for it. I think most farmers have that passion, otherwise you don’t stick with it — you haven’t made it through the hard times. I think the nomination was due to our commitment to our community along with continuing to live and support rural Alberta.”

Finally, Lynda spoke on the special day that they had as part of receiving this award.

“It was a wonderful day they provided for us at the Stampede Park that we could take all of her children to, to enjoy. Wonderful breakfast, met some other great families from around southern Alberta that have received the same nomination from their M.D., and then they took us to the rodeo for the afternoon. That was just a nice family day that we could celebrate. They also gave us a gate sign as a commemorative of the event.”

Brent and Lynda began farming together when they were married in 1987 on 900 square acres of land. Before this, Brent was working on his dad’s farm at a young age. At 11, he joined 4-H, at 14 he began raising his only herd of cattle, and by 17 he purchased his own section of land for farming. Brent and Lynda were originally cattle and grain farmers, but switched to solely being grain farmers to have more time to support their four children.

Ian Croft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times

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