Bartholomew County farm recognized with Hoosier Homestead Award

A Bartholomew County farm is being recognized for more than 120 years in operation. The Johnson-Bey Farm received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award this week at the Indiana State Fair.

State Sen. Greg Walker and State Rep. Jennifer Meltzer made the announcement yesterday. The farm has been in operation since 1900.

Farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more can qualify for centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial Hoosier Homestead awards. Hoosier Homestead farms must consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year

Awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer each year commemorating the achievements of farm families across the state. More than 6,000 farms have received the designation as Hoosier Homesteads since the awards started in 1976.

Johnson-Bey farm receives Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. Photo courtesy of Indiana State Department of Agriculture.