Franklin County Farms Receive Hoosier Homestead Award

The award recognizes families and their longstanding commitment to Indiana agriculture.


(INDIANAPOLIS) - Five Franklin County farms have received recognition from the Indiana Department of Agriculture.

On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and ISDA Director Bruce Kettler presented 73 family farms with a Hoosier Homestead Award.

Among the recipients were:

  • Brier Farm, 1906, Centennial
  • Knecht Farm, 1846, Centennial and Sesquicentennial
  • McNally Farm, 1918, Centennial
  • Schuck/Knecht, 1872, Centennial
  • Schuck/Knecht, 1902, Centennial

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

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

“Agriculture has always been and continues to be a vital and thriving industry in our state,” Crouch said. “I always look forward to honoring these Hoosier Homestead Award recipients on their family’s commitment to their farm, community and heritage.”

A full list of Hoosier Homestead Award recipients can be found at ISDA: Hoosier Homestead (

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