More than 200 years ago, a unique Indiana farming community was settled by African American farmers. Glenn Morris, a descendant of those original settlers, is among a handful of people still farming there.
“The community represents 200 years of farmers working together and raising productive crops to feed our families and the world,” Morris said.
The farming residents of Lyles Station have remained focused on farming and continuing to make a difference, he said.
“We are dedicated to following our forefathers’ footsteps and being proud of who we are. It’s important to us to continue farming, maintain family ties and make this a proud community,” Morris said. “We’ve got pride in our community and in farming.”
“When I got out of high school, my grandfather was getting ready to sell out. I took over instead to save our family farm,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work and there are times I have felt like giving up, but things began to change for the better in 1972 when I bought my own ground.”
That first patch of ground cost him $225 per acre. He expanded his operation in 1994.
After raising hogs for many years, he quit the hog business in 2000. Today his cow-calf operation makes up the majority of his farm. In addition to his cows and heifers, Morris has a small row-crop operation that provides feed for his cattle.
“I’ve got everything geared up for one man to do,” Morris said. “And I try to keep my land well-manicured. I like to see the fence rows all cleaned up and good-looking. I don’t let those weeds develop. It’s all about how you carry yourself for your ancestors. We have pride in our farms.”