Albert and Diane Armand and their three children raise a wide variety of specialty and traditional crops and livestock on their Decatur County farm. Their operation, now called Harper Valley Farms, has been in the family since 1941. The farm also is an agritourism venture that helps bridge the gap between farmers and consumers.
It’s vital for the Armands to stay constantly abreast of the best farming practices, problem-solving techniques, and economic improvements for all of their ventures. With all that variety, that can sometimes be a daunting task.
When questions arise, the Armands turn to Dan Wilson, a Purdue Extension-Decatur County educator. Wilson’s array of knowledge has helped the family introduce new crops, improve their mums and extend specialty-crop growing seasons using high tunnels.
“Dan is always encouraging us to try different practices that can benefit our farm, whether in row crops, vegetables or the pumpkin patch,” Albert Armand says. “His ability to diagnose plant diseases or find answers to crop problems is a big asset to our farm operation. Whether it’s our crop mix or marketing efforts, Purdue Extension is a very valuable tool for our farm. As a small operation, we wouldn’t have access to some of this without Extension.”