2017-08-23 / Community

Longtime farming families honored at the Indiana State Fair


Armstrong family The Armstrong family was honored with two Hoosier Homestead Awards, the Centennial and Sesquicentennial, during a ceremony held Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fair. The awards are presented by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Pictured are, from left: Ted McKinney, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA); Tom Armstrong II, Sue Armstrong, Tom Armstrong Sr., and Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA deputy director. Photo provided Armstrong family The Armstrong family was honored with two Hoosier Homestead Awards, the Centennial and Sesquicentennial, during a ceremony held Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fair. The awards are presented by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Pictured are, from left: Ted McKinney, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA); Tom Armstrong II, Sue Armstrong, Tom Armstrong Sr., and Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA deputy director. Photo provided Seventy-two families were presented a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture on Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fair. The awards were presented by Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney and ISDA Deputy Director Melissa Rekeweg.

“Our state’s legacy has been shaped by our farming families, who continue to pass down their traditions and values from one generation to the next,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Brubaker family The Brubaker family received four Hoosier Homestead Awards from the Indiana Department of Agriculture during an awards ceremony held Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fair. Blaine and Brenda Brubaker received both centennial and sesquicentennial awards for for their farm established in 1832, while the Brubaker family and Brubaker-Kingery family received sesquicentennial awards for their farms established in 1827. Presenting the awards were Ted McKinney, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), and Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA deputy director. Pictured are, from left: McKinney, Angie (Brubaker) Kingery, Jaelyn Kingery, Blaine Brubaker, Brenda Brubaker, Mike Kingery, Ashlan Kingery, and Rekeweg. Photo provided Brubaker family The Brubaker family received four Hoosier Homestead Awards from the Indiana Department of Agriculture during an awards ceremony held Aug. 11 at the Indiana State Fair. Blaine and Brenda Brubaker received both centennial and sesquicentennial awards for for their farm established in 1832, while the Brubaker family and Brubaker-Kingery family received sesquicentennial awards for their farms established in 1827. Presenting the awards were Ted McKinney, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), and Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA deputy director. Pictured are, from left: McKinney, Angie (Brubaker) Kingery, Jaelyn Kingery, Blaine Brubaker, Brenda Brubaker, Mike Kingery, Ashlan Kingery, and Rekeweg. Photo provided To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years).


Childers family The Childers farm, established in 1889, was honored with a Hoosier Homestead Award during a ceremony held at the 2017 Indiana State Fair. Presenting the award were Ted McKinney, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), and Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA deputy director. Pictured with the award are members of the Childers family and ISDA personnel, from left: Front - Ainsely and Noah Martin, Back – McKinney, Adam Duff, Teresa Martin, Phil Martin, Suzanne Duff, Ryan Martin, and Rekeweg. Photo provided Childers family The Childers farm, established in 1889, was honored with a Hoosier Homestead Award during a ceremony held at the 2017 Indiana State Fair. Presenting the award were Ted McKinney, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), and Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA deputy director. Pictured with the award are members of the Childers family and ISDA personnel, from left: Front - Ainsely and Noah Martin, Back – McKinney, Adam Duff, Teresa Martin, Phil Martin, Suzanne Duff, Ryan Martin, and Rekeweg. Photo provided “There’s a certain reverence when it comes to generational farming in Indiana – it’s a way of life,” said Ted McKinney, Agriculture (ISDA) director. “These families produce the food, fuel and fiber we need to go about our daily lives, and it’s important to recognize those that have been carrying on this noble and vital tradition.”

Administered by ISDA and currently in its 41st year, semiannual recognition ceremonies are held in the spring at the Indiana Statehouse and in August at the Indiana State Fair.

Hoosier Homestead Award recipients from Carroll County who were honored at the Aug. 11 ceremony include: Centennial

• Armstrong family, 1916

• Blaine and Brenda Brubaker, 1832

• Childers family, 1889

Sesquicentennial

• Thomas Bitler Armstrong, 1850

• Blaine and Brenda Brubaker, 1832

• Brubaker family, 1827

• Brubaker-Kingery, 1827

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