STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) congratulates the following local farms for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award: the Erxleben Farm, John Gerber Farm and Edward Ringger Farm in Adams County; and the Shady Farm in Wells County. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair today.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.
The Erxleben Farm, located in Decatur, Ind., began in 1912. The Gerber and Shady Farms, located in Bluffton, Ind., have been in operation since 1880 and 1905, respectively. The Ringger Farm is located in Berne, Ind. and was established in 1908. All four families received the Centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.
The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have been recognized since the program was established.
“These four families represent a strong legacy of Hoosier agriculture, and they deserve our recognition and sincere gratitude for their diligent work,” said Rep. Lehman. “Each farm is a piece of Hoosier history, and I am pleased that these families have received the credit that is due to them through the Hoosier Homestead Award Program.”
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.