Indiana Farm Update
November 11, 2016
Betty Refior who donated the farm in Indiana turned 95 years young on October 20th, 2016. The picture is of David Andrews, Executive Director, presenting Betty with a bouquet of flowers. Betty celebrated the day with her family and friends at Fairhaven Senior Services Center in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
The Indiana farm consists of 226 acres, with approximately 190 acres in hay and 20 acres in forest and 3.5 acres in Pollinator Habitat. The beehives are in place and the first honey was harvested this past summer from those hives.
In early August of this year, tragedy struck the Indiana farm with the accidental death of the farm tenant Trevor Hughes. Trevor has been keeping the farm in alfalfa for the past three years as it was being transitioned to organic and has not used any chemicals or inorganic fertilizer. In fact, the farm received its official organic certification on July 31, 2016 just days before Trevor’s death. Trevor is survived by his wife, Annie, and their two daughters. Annie Hughes does plan to continue with the lease of the farm and will begin to sell certified organic alfalfa to organic farmers in Indiana.