Cardinal Farms keeps pace with precision ag technology, diversification.
Cardinal Farms, near Oaktown, has survived seven decades of change in the agriculatural industry and the economy in general. Today the operation is thriving as the fifth generation of Cardinal farmers grows up on the family farm.
“My grandpa moved up her in 1941 from Vincennes,” said Jerry Cardinal, 58, explaining that Bill Cardinal Sr., who died in 1991, had farmed a very few acres in the vincennes area prior to renting a 1,200 acre farm in the old Shakertown area near Oaktown. The Shakers were a religious society of 400 celibates who built a self-contained commune in the area near the Wabash River from 1808 to 1812 and farmed 1,300 acres. “My grandpa started buying ground around the rented farm in the mid-50’s, and my dad started buying in the 1960’s”
Now some of the farm’s fields are as much as 10 miles distant from the heart of the operation, where the families live within a half mile of one another.
[find out more about the Cardinal family’s farm on page 20 of our online issue]