Jacob and Amanda Baird live on a small agritourism farm in Tipton County. During the fall, customers come out to the farm to purchase pumpkins and sunflowers and to enjoy a corn maze. The Bairds also run and operate Groomsville Popcorn. They grow, process and pop the popcorn they sell directly to consumers. Farmers markets are at the heart of their business, and they attend eight different markets in central Indiana during the summer and winter months.
Jacob and Amanda met while attending Purdue University in the College of Agriculture. Jacob graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and farms full-time. He is a fifth-generation farmer and his family farms corn, soybeans and sweet corn. During his time at Purdue, he was heavily involved with Purdue Crew (the university’s rowing team) and continues to enjoy this hobby when possible.
Amanda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental science. She continued her education with a master’s degree from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. In Tipton County, she is an active board member for the Main Street Association and the Plan Commission.
The Bairds represent members in Adams, Blackford, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Miami, Tipton, Wabash and Wells counties.