Thanksgiving is coming. Carl Loesch is thankful his son can still visit his mom's farm in Allen County and do things boys do on farms. One of those is fishing in a farm pond on a day when the fish are biting.
This may not be a great time of year for fishing, but it's a good time to look back at what makes farm life special. Take a break from paying the bills, figuring how much to bid at the cash rent auction, and just enjoy a shot of Hoosier rural living.
"Patrick is 8 and he lives in South Bend," says Carl Loesch, his father. "He likes to come to grandma's farm in Allen County. He was fishing one day in September when I snapped this picture of him wearing his late grandpa's Prairie Farmer hat."
Grandpa was an Indiana Prairie Farmer subscriber, Carl says.
"The farm is located near Poe. Our family received the Hoosier Homestead award for a farm that is kept within the same family for 100 years or more several years ago. The farm heritage is through the Schuhler, Connor and Loesch families. It has been part of our family since 1866."
Homestead awards are handled through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Presentations are made at various times of the year. You can apply if you have proof your farm has been in the family for 100 years or more, and have not received the award previously, by learning more through ISDA.
Loesch says the pond was dug on the farm about 12 years ago. It is well-stocked, and Patrick was fishing for blue gill the day the picture was snapped.
Hunting is more in season right now, and plenty of hunters are out in the woods each day. It's another way to enjoy rural Indiana.