Two Local Families Honored With Hoosier Homestead Awards

Vonderheide Family

The Vonderheide Family

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The Goeppner Family

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – Two Dubois County family farms were among 72 that were honored Friday with Hoosier Homestead Awards for their continuous commitment to agriculture here in Indiana.

The two are the Goeppner and Vonderheide families (pictured) of Dubois County.  Both families were honored Friday in Indianapolis with ‘centennial’ awards.

“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.

“I would like to congratulate each and every family on receiving this prestigious award.”

For a family farm 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).

More than 5000 Indiana farming families have been recognized with Hoosier Homestead awards over the last 41 years.

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