Peace Country Farms and Acreages - Grande Prairie, Peace River, Fairview, Dawson Creek, Fort St John

Farms and Acreages in northern Alberta & BC
The Peace Country has a number of Farms and Acreages of all sizes. Being close to nature and enjoying the peace and quiet of the great outdoors is one of the greatest assets of living in the Country. Working with the soil, growing crops and gardens as well as raising livestock has been a tradition handed down from generation to generation. In the Peace Country, Hereford cattle has been the most common breed for many years, with smaller herds of bison and elk.

The 2024 Peace Country Classic Agri-Show
- March 7th-9th 2024
The Show feature exhibitors inside and outside the TARA Centre from 10am to 5pm. Thursday and Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. The Peace Crafts & Creations Show & Sale goes the same three days and times. The Michener Allen Kids Auction goes Friday at 1pm in the foyer of the TARA Centre.
The County of Grande Prairie Farm Family Banquet, a ticketed event, goes on Friday in Clarkson Hall. Peace Classic Bull Sale will be held Friday in the Drysdale Arena starting at pm The Keddie's Horse Program is Friday and Saturday in Lewis Hawkes Arena, includes various clinics and demonstrations. The booths and demos are open 2-8 pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm. on Saturday. Thunder In The Pines Skijoring will be held at J.D.A. Raceway at Gordon Badger Stadium starting at 5pm on Saturday. The Youth Livestock Program goes on the Saturday in the Drysdale Arena. It features youth six to 18. There is no admission charge to attend any of the events. Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie.

The 2024 County of Grande Prairie Farm Family is the Hawkes Family (Darren and Sherene).

The 2022 County of Grande Prairie Farm Family is the Vavrek family. Michael Vavrek's two sons are involved with the farm as well the family operates the Sexsmith Curling Club.

The 2020 County of Grande Prairie Farm Family was the Ray and Dunnigan families of Halcourt. The farm has been in the family since 1911. The 2019 County of Grande Prairie Farm Family of the year are Lexi and Todd Balisky, and their children Emma, Luke, Heidi and Wyatt of Balisky Farms. Todd and Lexi currently ranch near the family's original Bear Lake homestead that was homesteaded back in 1912.


HISTORY OF FARMS & ACREAGES in the Peace Country
It wasn't until the railroad came to the Peace Country in 1916, that many homesteaders were finally able to make their way here. It was a difficult time for the families that spent endless hours breaking the land for crops. Rocks, roots and trees had to be cleared and it was usually done by all members of the family. Wheat, barley and oats have been the traditional crops, and over the years canola was introduced. In recent years the Peace Country has become the largest producer of canola. According to Alberta Canada Stats, there are about 5,100 farms with a total of 5.8 million acres in the Alberta portion of the Peace Country. (2006 census). In the Peace Country the agricultural industry grew around 6% from 2006 to 2011.

Drought takes toll on South Peace Cattle and Grain Producers. 2021 started out on the positive sign but then the lack of rain and record heat contributed to be one of the worste seasons for grain and cattle producers. It caused a hay shortage and increased prices for hay causing many to sell early.

According to the latest report from Farm Credit Canada, farmland values in Northern BC dropped by 3.2% in 2023, a reflection of the province-wide decrease. BC is the only Province in Canada that saw an overall decrease on farm values.

NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country

Repairing Minnesota Mound and Septic Tank
Repairing a Septic Minnesota Mound near Grande Prairie (includes some of the costs)
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WATER WELLS: Recommended to be tested for bacteriological quality twice a year and every 2 years for a chemical analysis. A shallow well may also require treatment a number of times per year.
DUG OUTS: Water from dug outs should not be used for drinking unless it is filtered and disinfected. The water then should be tested for bacteriological and chemical quality to ensure its safety.
CISTERNS: Water should be pumped out and disinfected with bleach at least once a year to reduce bacteria and algae.
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