The Farm at Prophetstown Update
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that has recently emerged that causes respiratory distress and disease. The Farm at Prophetstown always values the health and safety of our guests and staff. We, along with the DNR here at Prophetstown Park, are monitoring announcements by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a warning about the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak and the potential need for more aggressive measures to contain it. In addition to our usual stringent and thorough cleaning and health practices, we are adhering to the following steps issued by the CDC to help reduce the spread of the disease on our grounds and in our community
What we are doing:
- We are closely following CDC updates and recommendations and updating our procedures accordingly as needed.
- We have hand-sanitizer located on The Farm and will keep that out for visitors as long as our supplies last.
- Our staff are proactively wiping down surfaces like doorknobs daily with cleaning solution.
- We are requiring staff to stay home if they are sick.
- We will take all precautions necessary to protect guests and staff.
- We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus, consult with state and local health experts, and make the most informed decision possible at that time.
What you can do as a guest:
Follow these recommended preventative actions from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
- Practice social distancing in public areas
We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus, consult with state and local health experts, and make the most informed decision possible at that time.
We want our guests and staff to feel as comfortable as possible when visiting our businesses. We hope some fresh air at The Farm may be comforting and inviting.
For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC’s website for the latest updates.
All Dinners for this year are SOLD OUT for this year!
There are still spots available for the FAMILY PICNIC in August and BREAKFAST WITH SANTA in December.
The Farm to Table Menu is now posted!
Reservations open up to MEMBERS ONLY January 6th. A Farm Membership is required to reserve your spot early. Don’t have a membership? Stop in and get one, call us over the phone at 765-567-4700, or buy one online.
Reservations will open up to the PUBLIC starting January 13th.
Spots will fill up fast so make sure to reserve your spot early!
Please, no menu substitutions. Payment is due at time of reservation. Cancellations/refunds will be accepted no later than 48 hours prior to dinner. All guests attending dinner must be 21 or older. As a small kitchen using farm to table ingredients cross-contamination of allergens will occur. Please contact The Farm for more information. Vegetarian options are available. All ingredients are sourced from The Farm at Prophetstown or from other local farms.
The DNR/Prophetstown State Park requires quests to pay an $8 per vehicle park admission fee. Park admission is free with Farm Membership or annual state park pass.
Check out this great documentary on The Farm, by students in Ball State University’s honors program!
November 24, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
Steve Dietrich: email@example.com or cell – 765.337.1157
Pamela Dexter: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell – 765.491.4351
The Farm at Prophetstown Hires Executive Director
Pamela Dexter will become executive director of The Farm, effective January 6. Dexter previously served as Purdue Research Foundation senior development director and chief development officer for student life at Purdue.
“Pam Dexter brings strong experience in administrative leadership, fund raising, marketing and volunteer relationships to this challenging position,” said Steve Dietrich, president of The Farm’s board of directors. “Her vision, enthusiasm for the Farm’s mission and communication skills make her an ideal choice to build on the successes we have enjoyed in recent years through Leslie Martin Conwell’s outstanding work.”
Dexter, who grew up on her family’s farm in Benton County, will succeed Conwell, who is retiring after serving as executive director since 2015.
“I feel very fortunate to follow Leslie, who has built a culture of excellence at The Farm,” Dexter said. “I look forward to working with our communities, our state and people everywhere who love The Farm at Prophetstown. It is an American treasure, giving individuals and families unique opportunities to experience and learn about midwestern farm life and homesteading in the early 20th century.”
“When I was younger, I would help my dad move farm equipment from field to field and drive the grain trucks to the elevator. I didn’t always like to do the chores required to take care of a farm, but those experiences are part of who I am, and I treasure them now.”
As chief development officer for student life at Purdue since 2015, Dexter led fund-raising efforts that secured more than $34 million in funding, including $2.9 million in corporate sponsorships.
From March 2014, until November 2015, Dexter served as foundation director at Indiana University Health Arnett where she raised more than $275,000 and supervised volunteer activities, marketing initiatives and a strategic planning process. She created the organization’s first $150,000 endowment.
Previously, she was director of development for Purdue’s College of Health and Human Services and coordinator of the university’s EPICS High School Program. From 2004 to 2006, she was director of marketing and resource development for Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Services.
A graduate of Benton Central High School, Dexter earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue in 1993.
Located in West Lafayette near Battle Ground, Ind., The Farm at Prophetstown is a non-profit organization operating on 100 acres of land leased from Prophetstown State Park. The Farm offers a unique experience on all aspects of farm life. Programs revolve around 1920s farms as they began the transition from animal power to mechanization. The Farm is a training farm for sustainable agriculture, homesteading, gardening, canning, farm-to-table cooking, sewing and quilting. It draws on a wide range of resources such as beekeepers, master gardeners, farm experts and home economics experts. Admission is free with entry to the state park.
The Farm will be closed during our regular open hours of 10-4 on Friday, December 20 so The Farm team can enjoy a holiday party.