Congratulations to the family of Jim and Cheryl Sheldon, who are recipients of the 2020 BMO Farm Family Award. This award recognizes family-run farming operations throughout Alberta for their outstanding contributions to agriculture and their community.
“While reading through the nomination form for Jim and Cheryl Sheldon, you can see there is a strong commitment to continuous improvements and always looking positively forward,” said Big Lakes County Reeve Richard Simard. “Agriculture has had a few tough years, but the Sheldon family shows the resilience and fortitude we are so fortunate to have in our agricultural community. Agriculture has touched on every Big Lakes County resident’s life. In large part, because of our strong and dedicated farm families, we have a resilient and welcoming rural community to be proud of. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to making and continuing to make Big Lakes County a fantastic place to live, work, and play.”
In 1972, Jim and Cheryl Sheldon took over the third-generation farm located in Kinuso that once belonged to his grandparents Fred and Lily Sheldon and his uncle George Sheldon. They started homesteading with mixed farming in 1931. Today, the Sheldon family operates a successful mixed farm that puts safety first while adopting modern farming practices, including soil conservation and land improvements.
“Our passion for farming started with Jim’s grandparents, and it’s in our bloodline to be connected to the land, animals, water, and the community,” said Cheryl Sheldon. “We believe this is the best way to raise our family, and hopefully, our son or grandchildren will carry on this legacy.”
The Sheldon family also continues to be actively involved in the community volunteering for organizations such as the 4-H Lakeside Club, Agricultural Society, Swan Valley Cemetery and sponsoring local rodeos and 4-H events.
“On behalf of Big Lakes County and Agricultural Advisory Committee, I would like to thank Jim and Cheryl for their contribution and support in their community,” said Big Lakes County Agricultural Advisory Committee Chair Doug Meneice. “This Farm Family Award is so well deserved, and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated family in our agricultural community.”
On August 26th, Council and members of the Agricultural Advisory Committee presented the Sheldon family with a plaque on the Farm Family Award wall located at the Big Lakes County Administration Building in High Prairie.
If you would like to nominate a farm family in Big Lakes County, please contact Sheila Kaus, Agricultural Filedman, at 780-523-5955.
Victoria Zahacy, Communications Coordinator
(780) 523 5955