The Harpe family of Valhalla Centre are the recipients of 100 Years of Farming Heritage Homestead Award. Family members were recognized by the County of Grande Prairie’s Agricultural Services Board for their contributions to agriculture and the County’s heritage during an award presentation on January 21.  

“It has been a privilege for my family to be part of the community of Valhalla Centre for the past 100 years,” said Andre Harpe.  
The Heritage Award pays tribute to families who have continuously farmed or ranched in the County for 100 years. The County provides a sign for their property in recognition of maintaining and farming the homestead quarter through the generations.   

“Community involvement has always been important to us,” added Harpe. “As an immigrant from Norway, my grandfather arrived in the area in 1918, received the deed to the land in 1921 and went on to marry a local schoolteacher and raise three daughters, balancing the responsibilities of farming and family life with his service on local boards. My parents, Richard and Ann Harpe, took over the farm in 1972, and my father served multiple terms as County Councillor. In 1984, I began working on the farm before moving into management of the operation. My wife, Diane and I have three daughters and look forward to seeing the farm continue to remain part of our family for many years to come.”  

“Every aspect of the County of Grande Prairie is influenced by our agricultural roots,” said Sonja Raven, Agricultural Fieldman. “The 100 Years of Farming Awards provide an opportunity to honour families for a century of contributions to our communities, express our appreciation for their commitment and celebrate their vital role in the establishment of our County.”  

Applications for the 100 Years of Farming Awards are accepted throughout the year. For more information about the Heritage Homestead Award and the Pioneer Farming Family Award, and to apply or nominate a family, visit   


Media Contacts:  
Sonja Raven  
Agricultural Fieldman  

Andre Harpe,  
100 Years of Farming Heritage Homestead Award Recipient 

Photo caption: 

Members of the Harpe family of Valhalla Centre were presented with the 100 Years of Farming Heritage Homestead Award on January 21, 2022. Pictured left to right are  Councilor Bob Chrenek, Chair of the Agricultural Services Board; Andre and Diane Harpe and daughter Aarika; and Councilor Karen Rosvold.