Eck Family Farm - Boggstown, Indiana

  • Welcome to the Eck Family Farm
    Red Gold tomato growers since 2011.  In that short time, they've twice won Master Grower Awards for exceptional growing and stewardship. But the real accomplishment is the family they've built here in Boggstown, Indiana.
  • Meet the crew
    Chris and Lisa Eck's  family is the third generation to call this place home.  On any given day, you'll find Chris' right hand man, TJ - seen here with his own family.  While the two groups may not be related by blood, a family bond is definitely there.
  • Chris Eck
    Event though Chris comes from a long line of farmers, it wasn't always necessarily his destiny.

    Chris: "There was a time in my life when I didn't think I was going to farm.  But there's a pretty strong draw that brings you back here.  You want to work with your dad and you want to work with your grandfather."  And he did.  Learning side-by-side with his grandfather, Millard, and father, Steve, until their passing in recent years - something very few people get to do.
  • Meet Lisa Eck
    Chris' best friend, wife, partner and complete opposite.

    Chris: "Everything that makes me nervous, she loves - and vice versa."

    Working as a school counselor by day, Lisa may not run the harvester - but she's just as crucial as anyone when it comes to a successful crop.  As she puts it, "When I leave school, It's like my other job begins."
  • History repeats
    Lisa was raised on a farm herself and feels so happy that her own four children - Andi, Abi, Alli and Cash- get to experience the same. 

    "It means a lot.  I  think there's definitely a work ethic that the kids gain by living and breathing the farm.  Even if it's just taking lunch out to the field, or actually helping plant tomatoes - they don't complain one bit...and that makes me really proud." - Lisa
  • The future
    Say hi to Abi, the oldest of the Eck crew.  At age 16, she already has career aspirations towards farming, but not the way you'd think.

    "When I grow up, I want to be a farm manager - helping with the business side of things on the farm."  But that doesn't mean she won't get her hands dirty.  She recently had the honor of spending an entire day raking straw across a hundred acres!
  • Two-time Master Growers
    The Ecks have won the Red Gold Master Grower Award twice in five years - excelling not only in quality, but land stewardship.  The latter is something Chris doesn't take lightly.

    As he puts it: "When you farm, you're always thinking about the future generations.  You want to leave the land as good or even better than it was when you got it.  It's the gift that keeps on giving."
  • TJ & family
    When Chris' father passed away, Lisa and Chris knew they couldn't do things alone.  Enter TJ.

    Beginning as an employee and quickly becoming an extension of the family, TJ and his wife Keli - along with their kids Wyatt, Morgan, Quinn and Avery - are an essential part of the Eck Farm...as well as essential playmates with the Eck kids.
  • The great outdoors
    Asked what makes life special for the Ecks, Lisa doesn't event hesitate.

    "I mean, it's all right here.  So many people have to go to a state park.  And I always think, we have that right in our backyard.  I just hate to think of other kids at home all the time playing video games or watching TV and not getting outside and experiencing nature.  Farm kids really do have that chance to develop."
  • Neighbors
    If there's one thing Chris would like people to remember, it's how important it is to realize where their food comes from.

    "It's not necessarily coming from a factory farm somewhere.  The food they're eating, it's coming from their neighbors.  I mean, I can be in downtown Indianapolis in 20 minutes.  And yet you look around out here, you would never realize it.  So, I think that's important for people to understand."
  • Welcome to the Eck Family Farm
  • Meet the crew
  • Chris Eck
  • Meet Lisa Eck
  • History repeats
  • The future
  • Two-time Master Growers
  • TJ & family
  • The great outdoors
  • Neighbors