About The Farm

The Farm at Prophetstown is a working farm. The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy, free range farm setting and our crops are used to feed them throughout the year. Our animals’ big personalities truly speak for their happiness on The Farm!

Our farming is done in partnership with some wonderful, local farmers who help us to plant, grow, and harvest grains, hay, and straw for our animals. We strive to serve as a home to animals that are breeds commonly found in the 1920s. Our livestock includes Standardbred horses, miniature horses, heritage and endangered chicken breeds, Hereford cattle, Oxford/Suffolk cross sheep, and Berkshire hogs, among others.  We’re proud to provide a home to horses from the Indiana Horse Rescue out of Frankfort, Indiana.

The Farm practices and educates visitors on aspects of sustainable agriculture, gardening, canning, as well as farm-to-table cooking, blacksmithing and homesteading arts. It draws on a wide range of resources such as beekeepers, master gardeners, farm professionals, and home economics experts. For most programming, admission is free with state park entry. The Farm is located just inside the beautiful Prophetstown State Park. With the $55 purchase of a Farm membership, entry into the park is free and a discount of 10% on meat, eggs, and produce purchased is offered, as well as early opportunities to reserve space at our very popular farm-to-table dinners.

 We’re thrilled to offer visitors a 1920s farmstead complete with a replica Sears & Roebuck and Company catalog farmhouse common to that era, as well as an authentic, period-specific Tenant House moved to the property from Lafayette, Indiana. The farmhouse was erected on the property through the generosity of Sue and Dale Gibson, who shared in the passion and vision to celebrate this vital period in history. The Farm and all who visit are eternally grateful for the Gibson’s generosity. The Tenant House was moved to The Farm because of the generosity of Nola Gentry and Ned Derhammer and was dedicated as the I. Floyd Garrott Tenant House. The Farm was excited to welcome the addition of the Tenant House to the farmstead. Tenant houses were common to this period, and served as a house where farmhands or house staff would have lived. We’re pleased to honor the memory of Nola Gentry through this generous gift.

Also found on the farmstead is a beautiful red barn that welcomes guests to the property, a corn crib, milk house, chicken coops, blacksmith shop, machine shed, and other structures that were a part of the 1920s farm landscape. We invite you to visit and take it all in!

The Team

Lee Goudy, Executive Director

Mr. Lee Goudy, who grew in Logansport, Indiana, began in his leadership role with The Farm at Prophetstown in May 2022.

In 1998, Lee, his wife, and their two children moved to Lafayette when Lee began a new career in the Quality Control Lab at Eli Lilly, while his wife, Traci, worked in senior health care services as a Registered Nurse. As Lee worked in the lab, he discovered a love for teaching and leading others, which quickly advanced him into training and onboarding new staff, and eventually into management at Eli Lilly for several years. Meanwhile, his wife Traci grew a stellar career in senior care, going on to open her own business, Homecare By Design, in 2008. Over the years, Lee grew an interest in business growth and community outreach, which led him to join Traci’s company in 2011, where he and his wife worked together for over a decade building and expanding the business. Homecare By Design was acquired by a larger senior care company in October 2021, which gave Lee the opportunity to seek new avenues to serve the community, ultimately leading him to join The Farm at Prophetstown team.

Lee Goudy enjoys the outdoors, whether it is on a lake in his boat, capturing photos of wildlife, or simply taking a walk in the woods. Lee also loves spending time with his three grandsons and teaching them how to fish, with hopes that they will develop an appreciation for nature as well. Lee is excited to work with Prophetstown State Park and eager to help The Farm reach its fullest potential as a place where others can experience farm living from times past and create fond new memories for years to come.

Hannah, Food Operations Specialist

I’ve worked at The Farm since 2017. I came to the Farm with a food service background having just moved back from New Orleans where I was the Banquets Manager of the Le Merdien for 2 years. Before that I worked for Purdue’s catering department. I started at Purdue when I was just 16 and by the time I graduated Purdue with a B.A. in Communication and Political Science I was working as a student catering coordinator. After Graduation I worked full time for the catering department before moving to New Orleans in 2015.

I love the Farm because it brings together many things I love including animals, history, and the beautiful outdoors. My love of all things that grow started when I was a small child spending time on my grandparents fruit and vegetable farm in southern Indiana. Here at The Farm at Prophetstown I was promoted to Team Leader in 2022 where, in addition to running the front of house for the Farm to Table dinners, I manage the farm operations, supervise our staff, and assist with events and tours. I can’t wait to see you out at the Farm and introduce you to my favorite coworker, (though I love them all) our beautiful standardbred horse, Daisy.

Rusty, Farm Team Lead

Born and raised in Delphi, Indiana; Rusty is a self-taught chef and handyman with 25 years of experience in Indianapolis and surrounding areas as well as sunny Walton County Beach in Florida. 

Hobbies include from-scratch cooking with a Mediterranean influence, engineering, travelling, tent camping and nature.  Rusty enjoys his time at The Farm taking in the amazing views, smells and sounds and spending quality time with the amazing farm animals, as well as the fantastic crew. 

Madia (Sunshine), Marketing, Events & Educational Outreach

I joined The Farm in June of 2024 and came from Purdue University where I worked for the last 12 years in various marketing communication roles. I am a PENN state graduate with a degree in Communication.

I grew up in a small rural IL town and moved to Indiana in 1999. I have loved learning all the farm animals and greeting all the visitors to the farm. In my free time, I enjoy camping, traveling, music and Farmers Markets.

I hope to bring “Sunshine” to the farm daily!

Evan, Farm Team

I grew up in the greater Lafayette area most of my life. I attended West Lafayette Jr/Sr High school, moved to Indianapolis to attend Butler University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. My passion for animals was instilled in me at an early age. Most of my family has had farming experience in the past, and I showed goats and rabbits in 4-H at the Tippecanoe County Fair for 10 years. My favorite thing to do at the farm is mow.

Teresa, Farm Team

I was raised in West Lafayette, IN. I do have a background in Farming and taking on new challenges. I’m currently a Communications student at Purdue Fort Wayne. I’m very ambitious and delighted to be part of the Farm’s day-to-day history-making, especially our visitors. I do have to say I enjoy the summers at the Farm for the animals (especially JJ), plants, and family gatherings; it’s really heartwarming.

Elana, Farm Team

BIO coming soon!

Jude, Farm Team

BIO coming soon!

Skylar, Farm Team

I was born and raised in Lafayette, so I grew up visiting the Farm at Prophetstown. I am a current student at Purdue studying wildlife but recently took a gap year to work in California and Alaska doing environmental education and preservation. I am excited to work at the farm as I have always loved animals and being outside.

Mary Grace, Farm Team

I’m native to Tuscaloosa, Alabama (ROLL TIDE!). I spent my entire life in the south and I just recently moved up to Lafayette. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and animals ever since I was little. I have worked with animals my entire life. I worked on a dairy farm for about 2 years and that’s where I discovered my love for agriculture. I was a vet tech for about 5 or 6 years and I realized I wasn’t happy anymore; I was ready for a change. So I packed up my life and moved to Indiana. I work at Purdue in animal research full time so I don’t get to work too much at the Farm, but whenever I’m at the Farm, it’s the highlight of my weekend!

Board of Directors

President: Laura Hale

Vice President: Robin Bellinger

Treasurer: Tony Maniscalli

Secretary: Nancy Sattler

Board Members:

Dan Becker

Tom Gall

Deb Mikels

Holden Mugford

Karah Rawlings

Gene Hatke

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome, and rely on the generosity of volunteers who can give their time and talent to The Farm. Areas we can always use help with include;  gardening, maintenance projects, historic interpretation, facilitating or assisting with programs and special events, working farm-to-table dinners and more.

If you are interested in volunteering, either stop in and talk to one of the staff members or drop off a completed volunteer form. You can also email it to events@prophetstown.org.
Thank you to the many wonderful volunteers that help make The Farm such a special place to spend time!