Linda and Kevin Baird, the owners and operators of Cornucopia Farm, along with their two sons, Michael and Jared, stand in front of just a few of the pumpkins that are grown on the family’s eight-acre patch. The Bairds were honored as the 2013 Indiana Farm Family of the Year.
Linda and Kevin Baird, the owners and operators of Cornucopia Farm, along with their two sons, Michael and Jared, stand in front of just a few of the pumpkins that are grown on the family’s eight-acre patch. The Bairds were honored as the 2013 Indiana Farm Family of the Year.
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — Being recognized as the 2013 Indiana Farm Family of the Year has been an honor for the Baird Family of Scottsburg.

Kevin and Linda Baird, along with their two sons, Michael and Jared, run an agribusiness operation, Cornucopia Farm, which features hundreds of pumpkins, a corn and a soybean maze, weekly school tours and close to 2,000 mums.

“It was an honor to be chosen out of all the families in the state,” Kevin Baird said, adding that even though their year in the spotlight is drawing to a close, the entire family still is very appreciative of being selected for the prestigious award, as well as the fact that somebody nominated them for it in the first place.

The family members, who were publicly recognized as the Farm Family of the Year at the Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention last December, noted they have had many individuals throughout the course of the year tell them that they read an article on the family and Cornucopia Farm receiving the award, along with congratulating them on their success.

Beck’s Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews currently are accepting nominations for the 2014 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. The forms, which can be found at www.agrinews-pubs.com, must be completed and turned in by Nov. 18.

Linda Baird said she and her family have many fond memories of their year in the spotlight.

“I got to go to the (Purdue University Ag Alumni) Fish Fry, and I had never been before,” she said, adding that the family was extremely honored to be recognized in front of their peers at that event.

She said it is hard to believe that their time as the Indiana Farm Family of the Year is passing, but she enjoys thinking back on everything that the family was able to experience and what might happen at Cornucopia Farm in the years to come.

Kevin Baird agreed with his wife and added that he doesn’t know for sure what he and his family will be doing next year, but they still hope to be involved in farming and the agriculture industry, trying to make people happy.

“If people are happy, they will come back,” he said.

Baird and his wife had a few words of advice for the next family to be honored as the Indiana Farm Family of the Year — a family is chosen for hard work and dedication to farming, so it is important for them to continue doing things the way they always have.

“It’s a really nice award and honor, but we have continued to do what we have always done,” he said.