Robert Lock and family honored with ‘Hoosier Homestead’

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Robert Lock of Florence and his family members were honored last month by the State of Indiana with the prestigious “Hoosier Homestead” award.

The award was presented by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman and Indiana Agriculture Director Anne Hazlett; and was made at the Statehouse. Indiana State Senator Jim Lewis was also on hand for the ceremony.

The award is presented to families who have owned the same family farm for more than 100 years, and consists of more than 20 acres or produces more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year.

The Robert Lock farm, which is located near Florence, was established by Bob’s family in 1881.

“Every year I am so proud to meet our ‘Hoosier Homestead’ winners,” Lieutenant Governor Skillman said. “They pass on so much more than just the family farm to each generation. They pass on the work ethic and perseverance that has sustained their families in good times and bad for more than 100 years.”

“This is my first opportunity to participate in the ‘Hoosier Homestead’ ceremony,” Agriculture Director Hazlett said. “These families have so much to be proud of, and I am honored to share this special day with them.”

There are currently 4,500 “Hoosier Homestead” farms in Indiana