NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — As the families picked pumpkins, climbed
a mountain of straw bales, shot corncobs into a canoe floating on a pond and
munched apple dumplings, they made a connection to agriculture.
Stonycreek Farm Nursery and Landscaping in Hamilton County
has been the backdrop for family fun for more than four decades. Recently, the
farm hosted Gov. Mike Pence.
“We’ve got a stack of pictures of our kids at different ages
at pumpkin patches. These are the places where memories are made,” he
“There’s no question, the importance of giving Hoosiers an
opportunity to go and experience life on the farm and be around agriculture and
livestock really is an opportunity to reinforce the vital importance of
agriculture to the economy of the state of Indiana today.”
Pence praised agritourism enterprises such as Stonycreek
Farm for showcasing agriculture to the public.
“It’s part of what’s great about fall in Indiana — the
opportunity for Hoosiers in the city to get a little taste of the farm. It just
strengthens the ties,” he said.
“Indiana is a lot of things, but at our very core, Indiana
is agriculture. I really believe that the values of hard work, neighborliness
and integrity that emanate out of life on the farm still define who we are as
“It’s moments like these, opportunities for Hoosiers from
the city to go and enjoy the farm with their families, that strengthen the ties
and reinforce to every member of our communities the importance of agriculture
and the fun of agriculture,” he added.
“This is one of a lot of venues around Indiana that I think
are just the best place to be on a Saturday in the fall.”
Agriculture is a crucial component of the state’s economy,
the governor stressed.
“Hoosiers learned through the course of this recent
recession about what a bulwark of the Indiana economy agriculture really is. It
was the agricultural economy that supported many of our rural areas, many of our
smaller communities, when the national economy was struggling,” he said.
“And to this day, in the midst of these challenging economic
times, agriculture continues to be a vibrant source of our economic strength in
Indiana, so all of our plans for getting this economy moving again are built on
building on the strength of Indiana’s agricultural past, present and
Pence, who previously served as a member of the U.S. House
of Representatives from 2001 to 2013, said he vows to support agriculture
as Indiana’s governor.
“In Indiana, I always say, throughout our history we have
done two things well — we make things and we grow things. We also raise things.
Two out of three of those activities take place on the farm,” the Republican
“The diversity of our agricultural economy both in terms of
production agriculture, livestock and agritourism play a vital role in Indiana’s
economic life, and we’re going to continue to look for ways to expand that
strong agricultural economy for generations to come.”
That includes supporting animal agriculture, as well.
“One of the great accomplishments in recent years in Indiana
has been an expansion into more strength and more diversity in our livestock
economy, particularly as it pertains to pork production. We look forward to
continuing to support efforts to expand our livestock business in the state of
Indiana,” Pence said.
“It’s vitally important that our agricultural economy take
in production agriculture and livestock, and we’re going to continue to promote
policies that will make that possible and increase those in years
Owner Loren Schmierer said he started Stonycreek Farm so his
children — and now others — could experience agriculture.
“We offer a taste of the farm for the kids who haven’t seen
it,” he said. “We love the harvest time, and we love seeing the kids going out
and picking out their own pumpkins. That’s what gives me the most joy.”
Schmierer estimated that he will sell about 50,000 pumpkins
by Halloween. The 50-acre farm will open back up to sell Christmas trees
starting Nov. 23, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Stonycreek Farm is located two miles east of Noblesville on
State Road 38 East. For more information, visit www.stonycreekfarm.net.