The Hicks family, Napoleon, received the Hoosier Homestead Award for owning their farm since 1901. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Ted McKinney, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director, presented the award at the statehouse in March with State Rep. Randy Frye in attendance.
The farm was purchased by Frank Grow in 1901 after selling his patent for the first self-starter for the Maxwell car. He bought three homesteads, one for each of his children and operated Napoleon’s first garage. He purchased a home at 3496 W. Wilson St. Pat Hicks reports, “We’re going to keep it in the family.”
She and her sons, Brad and Bart, and their families currently own the farm and are the fourth and fifth generations to do so.
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 $1000 of agricultural products per year. The Hoosier Homestead program is administered by the ISDA.
“The families celebrated here today remind us of what makes Indiana agriculture great,” McKinney noted. “Agriculture is not solely about producing food, fiber and fuel for a growing population. It is also about preserving a way of life that values hard work, integrity and community. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program celebrates just that and ISDA is proud to oversee this awards program.”