Don Nixon planted his first acre of corn with a four row planter in 1964 at the age of 14. He bought his first farm consisting of 209 acres in 1971 at the age of 21 while serving in the United States Army.
Don married Susie in 1973 and they had three children, Brian, Emily and Bradley. In 1980, the family moved to a home they had built on Nixon Road. Susie taught school at Pleasant View Elementary School while while Don farmed with his dad and brothers.
Over the years, Don planted corn, soybeans, and wheat. He also managed a feedlot of 2,000 head of cattle; bred, sold and raised 4-H hogs, several of which were grand champions in four different states. Don retired from Nixon Farms in 2007. Not ready to slow down, he worked for Reynolds Farm Equipment for the next three years and farmed part time with his son, Brian. In 2010, Don joined Brian full-time at Brian Nixon Family Farms, LLC and continues to work along side his son. Susie retired from teaching after 40 years of service in May 2014.
Currently, Don works with his son Brian, and believes that it is the most enjoyable job that he has ever had.
wellnesstreefarms.comBrian Nixon grew up working alongside his father on his grandfather's farm in Yorktown, Indiana. Brian spent countless hours as a young child riding in the tractor cabs with his father Don and working on the family farm throughout his childhood. Brian truly believes that spending so many hours on the family farm as a child and young adult instilled the passion for farming that he continues to have today.
After graduating high school, Brian pursued a career in physical therapy. Brian attained three separate degrees including a master in physical therapy from the University of Findlay in 2008. While continuing to work as a physical therapist, and with the help and encouragement of his father, Brian established Brian Nixon Family Farms, LLC in 2008. Brian worked in the field of physical therapy for 12 years before stepping away to farm full-time in 2012. Steady growth in the farm has allowed for two full-time and two part-time employees to join the farm. Brian also co-founded Wellness Tree Farms in 2020 to help diversify farm operations and to start growing hemp here in Indiana and to produce quality CBD products.
Brian married Rachel in 2008 and they have four daughters and one son. Rachel is currently employed as a science teacher at Yorktown High School and serves as office manager for the farm. Brian and Rachel are members of Union Chapel.