The Rice Family Farm – Wanatah, Indiana

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    Meet the Rice Family
    Red Gold tomato growers since 1987, the Rice family farm story now spans across six generations. Two of those generations currently hold the reins together – Scott Rice & Marianne Rice, and their two sons: David and James. Both sons live right on the farm with their wives Sarah and Ashley, plus a whole new generation of Rices
  • Beginnings:

    The red barn that Scott, James and David spend their days around certainly has a history. The farm was originally founded in 1917 by Scott’s great-grandfather, moving his family from Kansas. Not long after, his grandfather married and moved into the farmhouse that Scott would grow up in.

  • Where 5 generations grew up:

    Meet Scott’s mother and father – Gene and Kathryn Rice. Gene was born and raised in the house that still stands behind him. He raised his own family there…and then Scott did the same thing 20 years later. Most recently David and Sarah lived in the house before building their own, 50 yards away. 

    Today it’s an office, but it’s been called home by five different generations.

  • “Nothing quite like it.”

    For over 35 years now, Scott Rice has tended to his family’s farm. And after 35 years, he still finds himself in awe of the magic of nature.

    “The rewards of starting with some raw material – land, seed, fertilizer, equipment – and then being able to plant a crop and bring it along, and in just a few months being able to harvest it – there’s really nothing quite like it.” – Scott 

  • Like father, like son, like son, like sons:

    Most brothers have a bond, but David and James have something more; a partnership. Learning to work together from an early age – they helped out on the farm wherever they could, while still finding plenty of time to go play in the woods and lose all of their dad’s tools.

  • Morning “plan”:

    With a big tomato harvest just a couple of weeks away, you can only plan so much. “Every day presents its own challenges that are driven by a multitude of things – the weather – anything that might have come up overnight. But that’s part of what I love about it. I love the opportunity to just sort of ‘wing it’ sometimes. You really have to learn to roll with the punches in farming.” – Scott

  • Family work life:

    The benefits of working right where he lives are definitely not lost on James, particularly as a relatively new father. At any point in the day, his son Brayton and new daughter Everly are no more than a few acres away.

    “It’s great to just walk over there and see your kids playing in the yard, and jump in the pool with ‘em, and just enjoy life out here…”

  • Raising kids on the farm:

    Sarah and Ashley Rice didn’t necessarily set out in life to live on a tomato farm. Sarah grew up on a horse ranch and Ashley in the suburbs of Chicago. But after marrying David and James – they couldn’t imagine raising families in any other setting.

    “It’s just opened my eyes to how much I love living out here – the space to run and play, and just the quietness, it’s very peaceful.” – Ashley

  • A close family:

    Some people see their grandparents once a year. All Elena has to do is wander across the yard. Same goes for her uncle, her cousins – even her great-grandparents are close enough to just pop in. It’s this type of family connection that seems to truly make the Rice family who they are.

  • Business is personal:

    It’s one thing to work with a family business for almost 30 years. It’s another to know their names, and their kids’ names.

    “We know the Reicharts, the whole family – Brian and Beau, and the rest of the family working there. It’s wonderful working with a company that’s still run by the founders.” – Scott 

  • Family grown:

    For six generations, the Rice family has lived, worked and played together, while growing food for families everywhere.

    “When you really stop and think about what we’re doing and what we are a part of, it’s pretty incredible, and it’s a pretty sobering thought.” – David 

  • Meet the Rice Family
  • Beginnings:
  • Where 5 generations grew up:
  • “Nothing quite like it.”
  • Like father, like son, like son, like sons:
  • Morning “plan”:
  • Family work life:
  • Raising kids on the farm:
  • A close family:
  • Business is personal:
  • Family grown: