Although he doesn’t farm the land, he does use his Master Gardener skills to grow flowers, grasses and the 600 trees he planted on the property. An experienced beekeeper of 40 years, he harvested a honey crop of 600 pounds this season. Many residents stop by his back door to pick up their weekly supply of the sweet spread.
Not only has he been the past vice president and president of the State Indiana Bee Keepers Association, he is also the founder and coordinator of the Indiana Bee School.
Small town dynamics resulted in the marriage of Steve to his second wife, Marcia Rose Barrett. Raised in Fortville, she moved to San Francisco for 13 years. When she returned to be closer to family, the matchmaking began.
“My sister owned a clothing store that his mother shopped in,” said Marcia, clinical laboratory scientist at Indiana University Health. “Word was out that I was coming back. In Fortville, everyone knows everyone.”
Twenty-two years later she is appreciating the family home with him.
“I enjoy the space,” she said. “It’s beautiful here. I work in downtown Indianapolis, so I get plenty of city life.”
Not simply an addition to the property, she has brought her history along with her. As visitors walk through the home, many of the antiques are from her side of the family. The marriage of Steve and Marcia has resulted in the marriage of heritage as well.
“I can be out there with the tractor and bucket and it feels good to know that my great-grandfather and my grandfather and my dad were all out here working too,” said Steve.
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