Farm life suits Colts alum Hunter Smith

NFL alum Hunter Smith’s life took him from a ranch in Texas in his youth to a 145-acre farm northwest of Indianapolis.

The 45-year-old Smith, who spent 10 years (1999-2008) selling for the Colts, has changed from the Super Bowl champion to the owner of WonderTree Farm in Zionsville, Indiana.

His innovative farming business now helps feed 4,000 of his neighbors and many more who travel within a 10-mile radius. The WonderTree Farm is a farm-to-table business.

Hunter Smith on his farm in Zionsville, Indiana.

Smith bought 20 acres of land eight years ago for his wife Jennifer and their young family. He decided that he would raise their four children in agriculture. Next, Smith bought chickens, chickens and cows to feed the family.

“I just want to experiment with that idea of ​​making our own food,” Smith recently told the Indianapolis Star. “Just see what happens.”

What happened was that the farm not only fed his own family but many people drove to WonderTree on Saturdays for “farm days” with horse rides, animal feeding and food for sale.

It didn’t take long for his business to grow – literally and figuratively. Smith leased another 125 acres two miles from his original location to farm the new property. He has an option to buy the acreage after 10 years.

“Agricultural restoration has only been common human agriculture for hundreds of years,” Smith explained. “Agriculture uses animals to build soil, sequester carbon and increase organic matter in the soil.”

It seems that this Indiana farm life has won over the Texas youth.

“I feel like I’m a football player as a way to do this,” Smith said. “Having a place here in the community where I can promote this lifestyle, I can’t tell you how much I love it, my favorite thing in the world. I’m just here to sing John Denver songs, and everything is always good.

This interview originally appeared on NFLAlumni.org.

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