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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Northern Indiana Dairy Trail Northern Indiana Dairy Trail


The Northern Indiana Dairy Trail will feature educational open houses at 12 modern dairy farms during June and October of 2016. The dairy trail will help consumers draw the connection between farms and food, while highlighting the important role of technology in producing safe, nutritious dairy products for the public. Activities will include dairy product tastings, milk promotions, farmer-led tours, historical displays relating to the dairy industry, fundraising for the "Great American Milk Drive," and bicentennial celebrations like the statewide Torch Relay (in October).

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Jerry Goshert

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • Through this project, Indiana dairy farmers were able to share their story of modern milk production with consumers.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • There are two. U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski visited Knollbrook Farm in Goshen on June 18 and toured the dairy operation of John and Cynthia Adam. The second highlight was the torch relay celebration at Mybrook Farm in Middlebury on October 4. All of the participants lifted a bottle of milk in the air to toast the bicentennial!

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • We produced commemorative bottles used for the torch relay celebration's milk toast. Mark Newman has one. I have a personal scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings and photos.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • Dozens

Estimated total attendance.

  • 3,300

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • $108,000

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $101,000

NIDT Committee Members

  • Craig Blough                                                      
  • Deb Osza                                                            
  • Doug Leman                                                      
  • Kelly Heckaman                                               
  • Jackie Barber                                                    
  • John Adam
  • Cynthia Adam                   
  • Doug Keenan                                                    
  • Robert Kelly                                                      
  • Larry Andrews                                  
  • LuAnn Troxel                                                    
  • Mary Ann Lienhart Cross                             
  • Merrill Gingerich                                             
  • John Newsom                                  
  • Michelle Plummer
  • Jenni Browning                                
  • Dr. Robert Zell                                  
  • Steve Engleking                                               
  • Bob Yoder                                                          
  • Richard Thomas                                               
  • Lisa K. Stoltzfus                                
  • Jeff Burbrink                                                     
  • John Woodmansee                                        
  • Melanie Strait-Bok                                         
  • Ali Aessa                                                             
  • P.J. Neff
  • Sonya L. Nash
  • Laura Coyne
  • Patrick McGuire               
  • Phil Sutton

Host Farmers

  • Knollbrook Farms
  • Oneeda Farm, LLC          
  • Phares Farm                                                                                                      
  • Metzger Dairy, Inc.
  • Beer Dairy, Inc.
  • Gingerich Dairy, LLC
  • Nor-Bert Farms
  • Homestead Dairy
  • Perkins Twin Creek Farm, Inc.
  • Stutzman Dairy, LLC                                                                                          
  • T & K Hesters’ Jersey Dairy                                                                                                     
  • Mybrook Farm

Project Details

  • Organization: U.S. 6 Dairy Trail
  • County: Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble
  • Contact: Jerry Goshert, 574-535-3525,
  • Type: Educational
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-65