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Indiana's 'house that agriculture built' now in new location

Indiana's 'house that agriculture built' now in new location
Indiana family receives Habitat for Humanity ag-built house, complete with an Indiana's Family of Farmers-sponsored deep freezer

For the fifth consecutive year, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity built a home at the 2014 Indiana State Fair. Dubbed "The House That Agriculture Built," the 1,334 sq. ft., three-bedroom home was moved to the Near North neighborhood on Sept. 23, 2014.

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More than 380 local agribusiness volunteers dedicated more than 2,990 hours to construct the Ag Build home in 14 days for Habitat homeowner Arlene Escorcia Fuentes. Fuentes lives in the home with her aging parents, Edurado and Ayda. They moved from a one bedroom apartment that they rented.

Feliz Navidad and a hug: I had the opportunity to tag along with Liz Kelsay, IFOF Online Presence Chair, and help deliver groceries to the Fuentes Family. A truly eye-opening experience to deliver needed food to a family that was so grateful. We were hugged, wished Feliz Navidad and thanked a million times.

"For me it is a necessity to have a house because my father and mother live with me," Fuentes said. In the apartment where they previously lived she said they lacked space and privacy but could not afford a bigger home.

Dow AgroSciences, The Kroger Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Archer Daniels Midland and Near North Development Corporation led the team of 31 Indiana businesses and organizations, mostly involved in Indiana's agriculture industry, to build this year's ag home.

Dow AgroSciences and The Kroger Company have sponsored the AgBuild at the Indiana State Fair for the past five years.

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On Dec. 22, 2014, Indiana's Family of Farmers presented beef, pork, poultry and dairy products to the family. IFOF had donated a deep freezer for the home during the build with the promise to fill it for the holidays.

"We are so thrilled that Indiana's Family of Farmers helped out the recipient family for the fourth year in a row," said Ted Mosey, Corporate & Faith Relations Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis. "This food will help get the family on its feet right away, and we couldn't be happier for them."

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