Amy Kelsay, her husband Joe, and their three children live on a six-generation dairy and crop farm in Whiteland, Indiana. The farm has been in operation since 1837 when it was land-granted to the family by President Martin Van Buren. Through the years, the Kelsays have maintained the operation with careful management practices, adapting to changes in the industry, and creative marketing.
Amy decided nearly a decade ago to form a separate business on the farm. Since their land is located on the edge of urban sprawl, she decided to welcome the urban folks and opened up the farm for tours.
"We have a true passion for sharing what we do every day. I also feel a lot like it’s my responsibility to do that, especially where we live," says Amy. "We are the only dairy farm left in our county, and if we are not sharing with folks what we do, who is? So, I feel very strongly that we need to share our message, and it has been very positive."
In the fall, visitors can watch the cows being milked, go through a corn maze, pick pumpkins, climb a mountain made out of hay bales, and other festivities. Amy especially enjoys hosting field trips with little ones – they’re so excited to learn about cows, milk, and ice cream.
She also likes to converse with their moms.
"To get a chance to talk about this is what I feed my kids, this is why I feed my kiddos this, this is what we do on our farm, and more importantly, this is why we do what we do," says Amy. "So, to be able to explain those production practices and the reasons behind what we do, that speaks miles, I think."
Amy says their agritourism venture attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.
Learn more about the Kelsay's at www.kelsayfarms.com
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