Area farms honored as Hoosier Homesteads

By Herald Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple farms with roots in Dubois and Spencer counties received the Hoosier Homestead Award, presented by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler.

More than 150 families were presented the award for their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

“To keep a family farm working and in the same family for over 100 years is a tremendous feat,” Kettler said. “Agriculture has always been at the core of Indiana and of these individuals. Recognizing our longstanding Hoosier farming families is always an honor.”

Families are eligible for three different distinctions of the Hoosier Homestead Award, based on the age of the farm — Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.

Six farms in Dubois County were honored:

  • The Goepfrich Farm, founded 1854, Centennial and Sesquicentennial
  • The Himsel Farm, founded 1852, Centennial and Sesquicentennial
  • The Himsel Farm, founded 1855, Centennial and Sesquicentennial
  • The Kellams Farm, founded 1819, Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial
  • The Linstrot Farm, founded 1844, Sesquicentennial
  • The Linstrot Farm, founded 1844, Sesquicentennial 

Four farms in Spencer County were honored: 

  • The Daniel Dotson Oldham Farm, founded 1893, Centennial
  • The Louis Seifert Farm, founded 1920, Centennial
  • The Schutzius Farm, founded 1900, Centennial
  • The Vogel Farm, founded 1920, Centennial

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of 20 acres or more, or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the traditional Hoosier Homestead Award Ceremony could not be held. Instead, individual family ceremonies are being held at the statehouse in Indianapolis.

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