Clover Blossom Honey, Shenefield family selected as 2020 Farm Family

Wabash County, IN __Grow Wabash County and the Salute to Ag committee would like to congratulate Clover Blossom Honey, owned and operated by David Shenefield and his family, for being selected as the 2020 Farm Family of the Year.

The Shenefield family will be celebrated for their contributions to the Wabash County agriculture industry during Grow Wabash County’s annual Salute to Ag Dinner on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

“Grow Wabash County each year at this event highlights one of Wabash County’s own agricultural producers to demonstrate the best of our industry and how our producers work to protect the environment and enhance the quality of our food,” Howard Halderman, chair of the Salute to Ag Committee, said. “The Shenefields are another shining example of a producer who ‘does it right’ and adds tremendous value to the environment and food systems here in Indiana and California. We are proud to recognize their contributions!”

Clover Blossom Honey, based out of LaFontaine, is a glowing example of a thriving family operation. The business has stirred quite a bit of buzz not only as the place to go for your quality honey products, but as a leading authority on the importance of bees and pollination. During the winter months, the Shenefields pack up some of their hives and head west to California where their bees help to pollinate the almond crop. Additionally, Dave Shenefield has helped mentor young and novice beekeepers get their own apiaries started to keep the incredibly necessary art of beekeeping alive.

“Grow Wabash County and the Salute to Ag committee are thrilled to be recognizing Clover Blossom Honey and the Shenefield family during this year’s event,” Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of Grow Wabash County, said. “More and more we are learning about the importance of bees to our not only our agriculture, but to the environment. The Shenefields have been aware of their importance for years and have been some of the greatest champions of beekeeping in northeast Indiana. We are lucky to have such an impactful and unique agricultural enterprise like Clover Blossom Honey right in our backyard.”

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Foster. As a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, Foster will talk about the importance of sustainability in agriculture. Foster is especially thrilled to be the keynote speaker as he is an avid beekeeper himself as well as a longtime friend of the Shenefield family.

The 2021 Salute to Ag Dinner will take place on Wednesday, March 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Heartland REMC building, 350 Wedcor Avenue in Wabash.

Tickets are $20 each and sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $100 all the way up to $2,500. Registration can be done online at: growwabashcounty.com/ag2021 or by contacting Grow Wabash County via email, marketing@growwabashcounty.com, or by calling 260-563-5258.