Late 1960's - My parents Frosty and Jane Hofmann, started the Farm. The initial farm was based at Frazier's Dairy on the NorthEast edge of Frankfort, IN.
1972- Frosty and Jane purchased 519 acres in Clinton County's Michigan Township. This was basically a full square mile of farm. On the farm we raised a rotation of Corn, Soybeans, Wheat/Double Crop Soybeans. We had Cattle in until 78. We also maintained a swine herd of roughly 250 sows. We did farrow to finish with the hogs.
Through the late 70's and early 80's - See an ariel photo of the homestead taken in the early 80's. The family became the full-time labor. Frosty and Jane with their 4 children, Tina, Brenda, Jeff, Jay, performed all of the work on the farm. At its peak, the farm consisted of 1500 acres of cropland and 250 sows. The farm never purchased additional acreage. So all of the growth was rental/lease land. The farthest property was a 200 acre farm 20 miles away. It was the last corn we planted and the first soybeans in most seasons.
Mid 80's- With the kids beginning to leave for college, the farm scope changed. The acreage reduced to under a 1000 acres. Hofmann Farms Seed came into existence. The swine operation moved to a farrow to feeder pig process. We also started to harvest corn/cob mix for additional income. I have a photo of the cleaner we built to separate the mix. We also started custom hauling. With 2 semi-tractors, a hopper bottom grain trailer, and 2 van trailers, we hauled seed corn for National Starch and Cargill as well as grain for our farm and neighboring farms. On the crop side, we also raised a lot of corn on contract with National Starch. We had Waxy Maize and Amylose Corn. The Amylose Corn is used to make biodegradable plastics.
Late 80's- All of the kids have finished college. Jeff has come back and ran semi-trucks for custom hauling. Tina is married an lives in IL. Brenda is working full-time for Purdue University's Agronomy Department in Soil Fertility and Water Quality. Jay came back with a BS in Agronomy to help with Hofmann Farms Seed. The trucking is going strong. Still harvesting corn/cob mix. The Hofmann Farms Seed entity has its own Private Brand of Soybeans. We have custom seed bags too. The soybeans are group 2 and 3 season varieties. They perform well in the Purdue Seed Trials. Jane begins doing lip-sync programs to entertain groups.
90's- Jeff moves to Wisconsin to drive trucks there. Tina and her family move back to IN. Brenda starts work on a Masters Degree at Purdue. Jay starts to work for a neighboring farm, then moves away. Frosty and Jane sell 400 acres of the original farm and retain about 100 acres with a house and out buildings. The economy has finally forced them to retire from farming. Jane and Frosty are now professional speakers. They entertain groups throughout IN, OH, IL, and in south TX. Their presentation is based on their experiences farming together and raising a family of 4 kids.
2000-2003 - Hofmann Farms becomes a memory of good times. Frosty passes away. Jane sells the last of the farm and moves to Frankfort. Tina and her family are still in the Frankfort area raising Boer Goats and premium Berkshire hogs. Brenda now has a Masters Degree from Purdue. Jeff is still in Wisconsin, but now has a power washing business with his family. Jay is in Corydon, IN with his family.
2004- Hofmann Farms gets a new look courtesy of Jay and his family. Jay, Cherie, Sabrina, and Elise enter the world of farming, sort of... Jay is a new beekeeper. Cherie and the girls have rabbits. So, the Hofmann Farms' name in out there again.
2006- Hofmann Farms adds Boer Goats to the list of animals we have. We hope to have some images online of them. Beekeeping was a bust this year. We did not get any honey and all of my hives (5) starved by winter's end.
2007- I got 5 nucs this spring to replace the ones that did not make it through the winter. Unlike some folks that blame Colony Collapse Disease, I'm fairly certain mine starved. We also had a feeder steer on the place as part of the year as a 4-H project. At year's end I still have 4 hives with bees. I pulled about 100# of honey off them in the fall. One hive decided to find a new place to live. I plan to split one of the better remaining hive in the spring. We also added Am. Chinchilla rabbits to the farm this year.
I hope you liked the short version of a very long story.