Field Day 2018 Recap
Posted by Mary Howell on
Posted by Mary Howell on
It was a soggy year for Field Day 2018 as tropical storm Gordon pushed more than 6 inches of rain into the area. Despite the weather, community turnout was robust and included Indiana's First Lady Janet Holcomb, state senator Timothy Lanane, state representative Melanie Wright, and 40 others representing our landowners, community members, business associates, and neighbors.
We plan Field Day for the busiest time of the year to give everyone a glimpse of behind the scenes activity during the harvest season. Although we were constrained this year to the pumpkin warehouse and the Civil War-era Cromer homestead barn, those in attendance enjoyed lively, candid discussion on a variety of topics impacting agriculture and its many stakeholders.
Our first and only stop on the field tour rotation this year was the pumpkin warehouse, where Aaron explained the pumpkin production process from planting to harvesting of our jack-o-lantern, pie, and autumn couleur pumpkins. Assembling in front of one of the farm's many converted school buses used to transport pumpkin bins from the field, guests got an upclose look at the types of pumpkins we grow and the stringent quality standards me meet to ship to our customers from Nebraska to Maine.
Before departing the warehouse, Adam and Aaron fielded questions on a variety of topics and provided a crop update on the corn, soybeans, and tomatoes it was too wet to see that day.
Back across the road in the Cromer homestead barn, those in attendance were treated to a delicious pork chop lunch and got a chance to engage with the Howell family and the farm's employees. The after-lunch keynote was delivered by Adam and provided an engaging look at the current agricultural economic environment and key challenges the farm is responding to in order to stay relevant and build a lasting enterprise for a third generation.
It is our hope that all our guests gained insight into the good people, hard work, careful planning, logistical finesse, and massive investment required to produce the crops that we grow – and to know how much the contributions of our guests to this opportunity are appreciated. For information on Field Day 2019, contact Keri Howell by calling the farm office at (765) 759-7432.
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