Jeff Hire is the seventh generation owner of the Hire Family Farm, located in the southeastern portion of Elkhart County. The farm, founded in 1824, is located on the same 80 acres that were originally purchased. The Hire Family received the sesquicentennial award for 150 years of ownership.
“[The farm] was a part of my family I never knew much about,” said Hire. “To be able to discover this part of my family heritage is important to me.”
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. Over 5,000 farms have received the award in the past 30 years.
“These farms have weathered through droughts, floods, and blizzards. The commitment that these families have made to agriculture is truly impressive,” said Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake). “This is certainly an accomplishment that deserves recognition.”
Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.