Farm Family

Congratulations to the Slette Family of the La Glace Hereford Farm in La Glace on being named as the Farm Family of 2018. The Slettes have farmed in the County since 1914, and in addition to their commitment to agriculture, they were chosen because they have always made community service a focal part of family life.

Back row from left to right: Eugene Slette, George Slette, Jason Slette, Clint Slette, and Gunnar Slette

Front row from left to right:  Ruth and Jennifer Slette

About the Slettes

The Slettes have been actively farming in the La Glace area since 1914 primarily raising Hereford cattle and grain. Eugene and Ruth, along with their son Clint and wife Jennifer are a family that has been actively farming and volunteering for several agricultural and youth programs in their community for many years.

It all started when Gus Slette, Eugene’s grandfather, left Norway when he was 18 and headed to Minnesota. Shortly after, he and his three friends trekked the Edson Trail on foot to their final destination – La Glace – where each of them set up homesteads. In 1927, George (Eugene’s father), the youngest of six children was born, and not too long after that carried on the family’s legacy of farming, later marrying Jenny and raising three children on the farm. The youngest of three, Eugene, also followed his father’s footsteps, playing a large role in the farming on several quarter sections in his adolescent years, eventually owning his first purebred heifer at the age of 12. In 1977, Eugene married Ruth and had two sons. Their eldest son, Clint, also inherited a passion for farming at a young age.

In 2004, George and Jenny handed the farm operations over to Eugene and Ruth; however, stayed on the farm until 2012 to help. Eugene and Clint continue to operate the farm on the homestead and farm a total of 18 quarter sections to this day.

The list of Slettes involvement around the Peace Region volunteering is long. Eugene served for many years as a member of the La Glace Fair Board and director for the Dawson Creek Cattle Association, Peace Country Classic, Dawson Creek Bull Sales and Peace River Hereford Association. Ruth previously served as a secretary for the La Glace Agricultural Society, president for the Sexsmith Band Parents Committee, and president and director for the La Glace School Council. They also helped build the La Glace curling rink and playground, and volunteered for 4-H in parent and leadership roles. Eugene and Ruth are also business-share owners. Clint is also an active member of the community, who served as an ambassador for 4-H at the Fairview College, and Peace River Hereford Association Youth Program, and remains a member of the Grande Prairie & District Agricultural Society. The Slettes are also known for lending a helping hand to their neighbours whenever needed and plowing the snow over the winter for neighbours that are widows and single parents. The family’s quality time consists largely of working with the cattle and watching Nascar racing.

Farm Family Recognition

The County will be hosting a banquet at the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show at Evergreen Park on March 9, 2018 to recognize the Slette Family and previous Farm Family recipients. Tickets to the Farm Family Banquet can be purchased by contacting the Agriculture department at 780-532-9727.

About the Farm Family Awards Program

The Farm Family Awards is an annual program hosted by the County Agricultural Service Board which recognizes a local multi-generational family that has made significant contributions to agriculture and the community.

The County in partnership with the Peace Country Agri-Show has been honouring multi-generational farm families since 1969. To express appreciation for the annual Farm Family, and accomplishments of multi-generational farming families and previous Farm Family recipients, the County hosts a banquet at the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show which takes place in March of every year.

Congratulations to all past winners!