Hunter J.

Swift Current, Saskatchewan


Century Farm

My project is on Century Farm because in 2015 my grandparents received the century farm award which means that the homestead land has been owned by my family for 100 years. A large portion of my project is on experiences, owners, renters and the land but another portion of my project is on farming in general like the tools and equipment used 100 years ago and now. There is also information on jobs and chores on the farm.


What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I've learned about my topic is that my great, great grandfather came to Canada by himself when he was just 16. His parents sent him to Canada to avoid the war. He started farming on his own at the young age of 17. I can't imagine leaving my home country and starting a life on the other side of the world by myself at the age of 16. My great, great grandfather would have been only 4 years older than I am now.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I've learned that farming is a huge part of Canada and a good way for Canadians to make money. But farming wasn't a easy job 100 years ago and it isn't now. So without dedication and passion farming wouldn't be a very nice job but my family has been invested in farming for 100 years and are still farming today.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life now is a lot easier of that of a farmer in the early 1900's. For example, now we have equipment to make our lives easier such as fridges, vehicles and tractors. We have the whole world at our finger tips. We have communication devises, GPS's and methods of easy transportation. Also information on everything can be easily found and utilized on the internet. We can get all our basic needs at grocery stores or shops which farmers 100 years ago didn't have access to so they had to make, build or grow everything they needed.