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Courtesy Visit Denver 35 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 FARM AT PROPHETSTOWN B AT T L E G R O U N D , I N D I A N A As part of Prophetstown State Park, the Farm at Prophetstown il- lustrates Midwestern farm life. Interpreters use antique tractors to work the fields, and they complete barn chores twice daily. Visitors can help feed livestock, collect eggs and work in the garden. Livestock includes Standardbred horses, a miniature horse, heritage chicken breeds, Her- eford cattle, Oxford/Suffolk cross sheep and Berkshire hogs. Buildings include a replica Sears Roebuck and Company catalog farm- house, a barn, a corn crib, chicken coops, a hog house, a machine shed, a milk house, a tenant house and a brooder house. e farm is also a training ground for sustainable agriculture, homesteading and garden- ing. Farm-to-table cooking, sewing and quilting are practiced here, too. In addition to touring the farmhouse, groups of up to 40 can have meals inside, including breakfasts that feature bacon processed on-site and pasture-raised meats. In warmer months, dining extends onto the front porch and yard. "Group leaders can plan a catered meal that can be served in the barn, or typically, groups rent a tent for the side yard between the house and barn," said Ashley Gregory, director of sales at the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau. "e farm also hosts farm-to- table dinners featuring five courses." In spring, a tractor-drawn trolley navigates fields of wildflowers. It takes groups to the re-created Native American village, also in the state park, where naturalists conduct Native American programs. In the fall, hayrides celebrate the prairie. W W W . P R O P H E T S T O W N . O R G Photos courtesy Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Prophetstown State Park Horses at Prophetstown

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