HANCOCK COUNTY — There are more than 600 farms in Hancock County, comprising nearly 166,000 acres of farmland, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Farmers and horticulturists from all over the county are lining up to share the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor at farmers markets. This feature will introduce one local producer who can be found selling goods at local farmers’ markets.
Farm: Berry Goods Farm LLC. Morristown
How long have you been in business?
What do you raise or grow?
Pasture poultry, including turkeys and chickens; greens, berries and eggs
How did you get into farming?
“It was a career change. I started out as an engineer, and I wanted to stay at home with my kids. First, I became a Master Gardener, then I got my business professional certificate from Ball State University, then we got the land.”
What do you like best about being a farmer?
“The flexibility. It’s hard work, and it’s a different kind of work, but I’m able to be here with my kids.”
Are your children interested in agriculture now?
“My daughter, Naomi, raises rabbits and swine for 4-H. She enjoys agriculture, and she’s planning to be a vet. She’s doing a supervised agriculture experience through 4-H right now, and that will give her really great business experience for when she is a vet.”
What things have helped you learn how to be a farmer?
“Being a part of the Hoosier Harvest Market has been a great experience. There are workshops, and I’ve been able to meet with a lot of other farmers and learn how to do things.”
What are your goals in the future?
“I grow berries and pro-duce and raise poultry. They complement each other, as the chickens help fertilize the produce. Eventually, I want to have more of what I’m doing now.”