ATB Farm Family Awards

Back row L - R: Mark Marshall, Christina Komives, Shelby Turgeon, Gary Schmidt, Julie Schmidt, Ian Schmidt. Front: Mike Komives, Terry Komives, Jeremy Komives and Heather Komives.   Photo by Les Dunford

    Jeremy and Terry Komives have been farming in the Mulhurst area near Pigeon Lake since 1972. Their grandparents were early pioneers in the community with some of their farmland being in the family since 1903. The farm grew into what it is today with the help of their two children, Michael and Heather. Both work in the agricultural sector but due to career commitments, can only help with the jobs that require a "few more hands". 
    Heather runs a few head of cattle and is their backup chore girl when a day off or vacation is needed. Also, brother in law, Gary and nephew, Ian, are major players during silage and harvest time. As Verified Beef Producers they run a 125 head cow/calf and feeder backgrounding operation. On their 1680 acre farm, rotational crop and grazing practices, as well as manure spreading are utilized to help ensure soil and vegetation sustainability. 
    Farming practices include the use of GPS for seeding and spraying, plus minimum tillage for the barley, canola, oats and hay crops. Chaff savers have been installed on the combines to capture all available nutrients to help reduce feed costs. Jeremy was a member of the Thorsby Feeder Association for over twelve years, fulfilling both Chairman and director positions during this timeframe. 
    The entire family was actively involved in Beef 4H when the children were members. Jeremy was Leader of the Falun West 4H Beef Club for a number of years with both children holding various positions within the club. Heather was also a member of the Pipestone Arts and Crafts 4H Club. 
    Curling was another family passion, with Jeremy and Terry curling in the Mixed League and Terry in the Ladies Leagues. The children participated in the Junior League, with Jeremy coaching the Junior curlers. Fastball and slow pitch were other favorite past times for Jeremy. Many hours of fun were enjoyed as members of the Pigeon Lake Light Horse Gymkhana Club. Jeremy and Heather enjoyed time together as a Father/Daughter Team Penning combo at the Thorsby Haymaker Center one season; Jeremy is now an active Team Roper with the Central Alberta Century Team Roping Association. 
    Terry shares her musical talents at various community events, singing and playing piano. Many hours were spent teaching a children's choir and organizing church plays or special events. Both children dedicated many years to piano and guitar lessons; a love of music that has been passed down to our granddaughter. 
    Terry's passion for genealogy has evolved into countless hours researching family history. When their son was in grade twelve they opened our home to a local teenager to enable him to complete his final year of high school and graduate with his friends. 
    Over the years they have employed a number of neighborhood teens, many of which have remained lifelong friends. They taught them farm safety, promoting proper environmental practices while instilling good work ethics. They also try to help out the new beginning farmers, lending them equipment, assisting with livestock care, sharing ideas and experiences. Summer weekends are spent camping with family. 
    An annual "Christmas in July" weekend campout was implemented 10 years ago, which is enjoyed by young and old; this is a tradition they hope to continue for a very long time. They both enjoy rodeos, team roping and living the rural lifestyle, and are excellent representatives of the farming communities. 

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