Those families were recognized with the Hoosier Homestead Awards. The awards have been ongoing for the past 40 years in Indiana and are a product of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
Farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 2 acres, or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The awards can recognize a farm’s centennial, sesquicentennial, and bicentennial celebrations.
Pulaski County saw one family farm recognized. The Simmermaker family celebrated 100 years in operation after the farm was purchased in 1915.
Starke and Marshall County did not reach any milestones during this recognition period with family farms. The awards are given out twice each year. Once during National Agriculture Month, the other during the State Fair in August.
According to a news release, those honored during the state fair join more than 5-thousand Hoosier Homestead farms.