About Foundation Farms
Foundation Farms was formed in 2015 but has roots that trace back to the 1950s when Ray and Shirley Baird moved to Washington County from Tipton County, Indiana. They began dairying on a 90 acre parcel and added a row crop operation to compliment the dairy. Over the years, the row crop operation grew and Ray and Shirley replaced the dairy cows with beef cattle. The operation continued until Ray decided to slow down with his farming venture and the number of acres being farmed declined. However, Kevin and Linda, son and daughter-in-law of Ray and Shirley, moved back to the area and became more involved with the farming operation. Now their sons, Michael and Jared, play a significant role in the operation.
Kevin and Linda
Kevin and Linda were married in October 1985. They both grew up on dairy farms and met through church. Linda has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. Kevin spent 28 years working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). Linda works part time off the farm for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Michael and Jared
Michael is a 2013 graduate of Purdue University with degrees in Agribusiness Management and Horticulture Production and Marketing. He is also a 2013 graduate of the Indiana Farm Bureau Leader’s in Action program. He works as a Seed Advisor for Beck’s Hybrids and also works here on the farm.
Jared is a 2016 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Ag Business Management and a minor in Crop Science. He is also a 2014 recipient of the American Degree, the highest award from the National FFA organization. He works for AgReliant Genetics and also works here on the farm.
Farming is “in the blood ” as some people say. Farming presents a challenge; it is different from year to year, and from day to day. Once we think we ‘know how to farm’ something else is thrown our way. As life-long learners and a family that grew together through working together, we understand what it means to put in the time and effort to be successful. We like to look at the land and think of ways that it can be improved and better utilized for the future. It is always an exciting time to see the planter roll across the field, or grain running into the grain tank. And of course, it’s fun too!