“This is what we’re about: We plant the seeds that will one day grow.” - Oscar Romero
Teter Organic Farm is an outreach mission of Noblesville First United Methodist Church which grows over 40 varieties of mixed vegetables on five acres. Our mission is to combat food insecurity, to build community through meaningful relationships across barriers that sometimes divide us, and to educate children and adults on the importance of environmental stewardship and care.
Ruth Teter was an active member of the Noblesville First United Methodist Church. As a girl, Ruth enjoyed living on this 120-acre farm along the White River. Her father, Arza, and mother, Ada, were well known and respected in the Noblesville Community. Ruth’s older brother, Earl, earned a wide reputation as a stunt driver with a group called “Lucky” Teter’s Hell Drivers. He was killed in an accident in 1942 in what was to be his last performance before he was to join the Army during World War II. Ruth was an excellent piano player and accompanied several musical groups. She worked for the Central Engineering Co. of Indianapolis for many years rising to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. Upon Ruth’s death on August 12, 1981 this farm was left to Noblesville First United Methodist Church to be transformed into a retreat as a memorial to the A.W. Teter family. In 2016, Pastor Aaron Hobbs was inspired to add an Organic Farm as a community outreach to feed mind, body, and spirit.
Ruth's brother, Earl "Lucky" Teter, was a famous touring stunt car driver in the 1930s and 1940s. Starting in 1934, Lucky and his "Hell Drivers" toured throughout North America (and even Cuba) bringing never-before-seen car and motorcycle stunts and precision driving to the public.
Teter was famous for driving one-handed while holding a handkerchief with his left hand out the driver's side window. Eventually, Teter's Hell Drivers grew to 60 drivers with hubs in Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Langhorne, Penn. He was the owner of Ken Fowler's car that finished 19th in the 1937 Indianapolis 500, and also briefly owned Langhorne Speedway outside of Philadelphia, now the home of Sesame Place Amusement Park.
On July 4th, 1942, the 41-year-old Lucky Teter arrived at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for what he announced would be his last show prior to closing down in support of the war effort and enlisting in the Army. Earlier in the day, he successfully made three World Record extending jumps - beginning at 135 feet. For his fourth and final jump that evening, Lucky chose to jump 150 feet over two Greyhound buses parked end-to-end. Before the jump, he dedicated it over the PA "To all servicemen everywhere."
Some in the crowd reported that they could hear the motor missing as he accelerated his bright yellow 1938 Plymouth onto the launching ramp. Lucky Teter's car came down just a few feet short of the landing ramp, and he was tragically killed.
Meet Farm Manager Katy Rogers
Katy is an Indiana native who has worked in agriculture and the food system from soil to plate. She has held a myriad of positions on farms from the midwest to the southeast. After spending two years at Purdue studying agriculture, she changed programs and earned her BA in Political Science from IU. Since that time she has run a CSA from her farm, served as a volunteer coordinator, campaign manager, communications director, advocated for ethical food systems, and managed a farmers’ market. Her television show, Katy on the Farm, serves the southeast by educating viewers about local food systems and sustainable agriculture.
Why we grow - Because we believe everyone deserves to eat healthy food. We grow certified organic produce for local food pantries, food banks, and feeding programs, as well as, for a 45 Share CSA and the Noblesville Farmer's Market.
How we grow - We are USDA Certified Organic by OEFFA (The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association). All of our produce is locally grown using sustainable growing practices and without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. We utilize cover crops, compost, and other natural soil amendments that contribute to healthy soils and healthy food.
We grow on 30" raised beds in standardized 150' rows.
Bees & chickens - We have a 23-hive apiary filled with happy bees who help pollinate on the farm and produce some yummy honey, too. We also are home to 34 ISA Brown laying hens who provide eggs for a local feeding program.
Join us on the farm - We offer farm tours and farm stays, environmental education, host outdoor weddings, spiritual retreats, corporate outings, and family reunions. CLICK HERE for more information.
Check us out
- CLICK HERE to see our Master Plan, 2020 Highlights, & Financials
- CLICK HERE to see our interview in Edible Indy magazine.
- CLICK HERE to read the article in Noblesville Magazine (pages 23-24) about Tara and her Girl Scout Gold Award Project with our Teter Chickens.
Tools & supplies - We appreciate all of those who help us grow healthy produce for our community.
- Seeds: Johnny's Selected Seeds, High Mowing Seeds, Harris Seeds, Territorial Seed Company, and Park Seeds.
- Potting soil: The Seed Catapult from Ohio Earth Food
- High tunnel greenhouses: Nifty Hoops
- Harvest knives: Morakniv & Opinel
- Stirrup & collinear hoes: Glaser Engineering
- Tractor: John Deere 2350
- Bed shaper: Nolt's Produce Supply
- Water wheel transplanter: Rain-Flo 1600
- Seeder: Jang JP-3
- Irrigation: Indiana Irrigation
- Solar energizers: Premier 1
- Cold storage: CoolBot
- Row cover: Agribon
- Rain gear: Grundens & The NorthFace
- Recommended publications: Growing for Market magazine, The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman, The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier, and The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman.
- Recommended podcast: The Farmer to Farmer Podcast