Family has been a key component to the success of our farm and continues with today’s fifth generation owners and operators. Although change has had an integral influence throughout the generations, our commitment to being good stewards of God’s blessings and to practice sustainable and environmentally responsible farming methods has not changed. We are continuing today in the same tradition and focus of our mission statement.
Our family has embraced change as the years and circumstances have warranted it. In 1972 Levi and Norma started with a few rented acres and some feeder pigs. We have increased our acreage by purchasing some acres, but the majority of our farming acres are rented from several landlords, most with long lasting relationships. We treat their land as if it were our own and count it a privilege to farm for them.
We grew the hog operation from feeder pigs to two confinement farrow to finish operations. In 2009 we sold our herd and contracted our facilities to another farmer. After purchasing some land with a layer house on it, we were in the egg business for a few years, but exited when the facilities needed remodeled.
Huffman & Hawbaker Farms started growing ornamental and vegetable crops in 1999. For a few years, we grew Indian corn, mini gourds and pumpkins. In 2000 we started growing tomatoes for Red Gold, Inc., an Indiana processer. Currently, we grow tomatoes for three processers as well as peppers and cabbage for processing. Our goal is to continue to expand the family farm through increased acreage and new crops so the next generation can have the privilege of farming the land.
As good stewards of God’s many blessings, we endeavor to produce quality agricultural products by using our abundant resources. We will preserve the family farm entity while meeting the individual needs of each family unit, offer a helping hand where needed, and maintain a sense of community responsibility while being governed by Christian principles.