GTM belongs on the short list of Indiana’s best destination dining, especially with fall-foliage rambles on the horizon.
Hoosier Farmers Reap Big Gains
Among all states, Indiana landed in the top 10 for both crop sales and total agricultural sales (a particularly remarkable feat considering that we measure in at a relatively puny 38th in geographic size).
Our Top 10 Stories of 2013
Including one of Indiana’s biggest cons, a complicated woman in her final days, a reality-TV hilljack, the crafty governor-elect, a big-deal farmer, the coupling of an actress and a corn-fed rocker, and more.
The New Hoosier Farmers
From Big Ag to organic, rural to urban, and scientist to traditionalist, the following profiles highlight the diverse attitudes and approaches of Indiana’s current agrarian class.
The New Hoosier Farmer: Is Kind of a Big Deal
Having a 20,000-acre spread, one of the largest farms in one of the nation’s most productive farm states, buys some clout.
The New Hoosier Farmer: Is a City Girl
If you believe that Indiana farmers are weather-hardened old men who grow corn and soybeans, you might look at these tidy patches of naturally raised produce and see a garden—and, in the pretty thirtysomething who tends them, a gardener.
The New Hoosier Farmer: Wants to Feed You Better
First planted in 2010, The Feel Good Farm is a 60-acre, certified-organic growing operation near Sheridan, where the suburban sprawl of Hamilton County gives way to a flat landscape of fields, fencerows, and barns.
The New Hoosier Farmer: Keeps His Animals Happy
Baggott took an early retirement and, in 2010—just a year after ExactTarget surpassed $100 million in annual sales—purchased a 98-acre farm near Greenfield to raise livestock. Never mind that he had no agricultural experience whatsoever.
The New Hoosier Farmer: Needs a Lawyer
In simpler times, Bowman’s plan might have passed for good old Hoosier ingenuity. Unfortunately, Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company—and a notorious ball-buster—doesn’t see it that way. And neither did the highest court in the land.
The New Hoosier Farmer: Makes Corn in a Laboratory
This encounter with Bing grew from—ahem—the kernel of an idea: Challenge the traditional definition of “farmer” by highlighting the more contemporary elements in Indiana agriculture.