STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2019) – The Blake Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for more than 150 years, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) and State Sen. Mike Gaskill (R-Pendleton).
Located in Alexandria and in operation since 1866, the Blake Farm received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.
“For a farm to remain within the same family for 150 years is no small accomplishment,” Cook said. “It takes hard work and a continued investment in Indiana’s agriculture industry and economy to make it this far, and that dedication should not go unnoticed.”
“Indiana’s agriculture industry is great because of our Hoosier farm families,” Gaskill said. “I congratulate the Blake family on this astounding milestone and thank them for their continued contribution to Indiana agriculture.”
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.
Each year, awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer commemorating the achievements of farm families across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.
State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.
State Sen. Mike Gaskill (R-Pendleton) represents Senate District 26, which includes portions of Delaware, Henry and Madison counties
PHOTO CAPTION: Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Blake Farm Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.