Shenefield family honored

By Joseph Slacian

Clover Blossom Honey and the Shenefield family were honored Wednesday night, March 10, as the 2020 Farm Family of the Year.

The recognition came during Grow Wabash County’s Salute to Agriculture Dinner.

Clover Blossom owner Dave Shenefield, along with his sister, Beth, and his son, Derek, accepted the award on behalf of the family from Steve and Lisa Flack, the 2019 Farm Family of the Year recipients.

Howard Halderman, chair of the Grow Wabash County Ag Committee, introduced the Shenefields and explained why they were chosen for the honor.

“We want to recognize someone who does it right,” he said. “They do it right from an environmental stand point. They do it right from an economic standpoint. And they really make a contribution to the world.”

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of Grow Wabash County, also praised the family and the business.

“On behalf of Grow Wabash County, it is our pleasure to recognize the Shenefield family and Clover Blossom Honey as the 2020 Wabash County Farm Family of the Year,” he said.

Clover Blossom Honey operates 3,000 bee hives at more than 150 locations throughout Northeast and Southern Indiana.

In the winter, the company ships 2,000 bee hives to California to help pollinate that state’s almond crops.

Clover Blossom Honey was started in 1959 by Dave Shenefield’s father, Don.

While accepting the award, Dave Shenefield apologized for his father’s absence from the dinner.

“He’s doing real good,” Dave Shenefield said of his father. “He’s still active in the business. He’ll come through the shop and tell Derek, ‘You don’t know what the heck you’re doing.’”

In addition to the award, the Shenefields received a sign to hang at their farm, located on State Road 218 in LaFontaine, as well as a copy of a video produced by The Paper of Wabash County.

Dr. Kenneth Foster, a professor of agriculture economics and Purdue University, was the keynote speaker. He spoke on the importance of sustainability in agriculture.

Posted on 2021 Mar 16