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The award honours pioneers whose farms or ranches have been in families for over 100 years or more, as well as agricultural organizations that have been active for a century or longer.

Baxter Brady came to British Columbia in 1905, first settling along the Fraser River, only to decide later to move farther north, obtaining land near the Peace River district’s Halfway River.

In 1911, he constructed some buildings on his new land, and over the course of a few years, trailed his cattle to the new location.

In 1914, he moved farther north after trading for land in the Cypress Creek area, located near Pink Mountain, a rural farming area located 125 km northwest of Fort St. John, where his farming land was divided among three quarters of land, which he managed himself.

In 1957, the home quarter of land was transferred to Patrick Brady, who currently works on that same land raising hay, green feed and horses.

Along with farming, Patrick Brady also leads trail rides, while also owning the other two quarters of land.

“Congratulations to the Brady family for reaching this exciting and impressive milestone in their ranch’s history,” says Minister of Agriculture Don McRae. “Their dedication has contributed to British Columbia’s long legacy of food production and agriculture.”

The Century Farm Award program was created in 1994 to mark the centennial of the Ministry of Agriculture. To date, 95 family farms and organizations have received the Century Farm Award.

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