Our farm began when Jonas E. Hawkins, at the age of 21, inherited 40 acres from his father, located 2.5 miles east of Sharpsville. He gradually added to his holdings until he owned 900 acres and was the largest landowner in Liberty Township. "It would be idle to say that he has accomplished this from any other than honest methods, upright integrity and conscientious devotion to duty" (History of Tipton County, Indiana by M.W. Pershing 1914).
Some of his children, including James "Mont" Hawkins and his wife Lilly Belle continued the family farm tradition. Mont & Belle's daughter, Frances "Jane" married Hubert "Max" Henderson, who was also a farmer. Max's parents, Hubert & Frieda, were both educators who had a knack for travel, business ventures, exploration and were also involved in agriculture. Max and Jane's son, Monty, graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Ag Economics, then married Kandi Barcus.
After partnering with his parents until their retirement, Monty and Kandi assumed the role as the farm operators. They are the "M&K" of the M&K Henderson Family Farm. Born to them are son Austin, a Purdue graduate with a BS degree in Ag Systems Management and an AS degree in Agronomy who is married to Alandra - an accomplished hair stylist who is also from a farm family. In addition to his duties as owner of Henderson Ag Advantage (a seed and crop supply distributor), Austin has a leading role in the daily farm operations, management and agronomic decisions. Daughter "Alex" is employed as a feed procurement buyer in the dairy industry. She earned her Purdue BS in Ag Economics, with an emphasis on animal nutrition and marketing.
Our philosophy is to be good stewards of the land we farm. We are not the most typical farm and we choose not to be. Our base is on the site where Jonas built his farmstead. We believe in education, community service, and integrity - much like Jonas Hawkins did when he began this farm in 1882.