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Who We Are

Purdue Diversified Food and Farming Systems is an Extension program made up of an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, extension educators, students, practitioners and partners.

What We Do

We work to connect programming, research and learning focused on urban agriculture, community wellness, local food, beginning farmers, small farms, and organic agriculture.

Our Mission

Increase scientific and public understanding of the diversification of locally grown foods and farming systems to improve the health of people, create economic opportunities for families and communities, and promote environmental stewardship.

Our Vision

Create a long-standing, vital resource for Purdue University and facilitate collaborations across academic disciplines. Practitioners, researchers, students and Educators will be able to engage in interdisciplinary activities around the core topics of urban agriculture, local foods, small farms, beginning farmers, student farmers and organic agriculture.

Registration for the Farmers Market Certificate are Now Open!

Program objectives are to aid market vendors and managers understand current market regulations, build stable and sustainable market businesses and support local food networks.

The dates of this virtual event are weekly on Thursday, March 24th, 31st, April 7th, and 14th, 2022 at 6PM EST via Zoom. The cost of the event is $75 and includes a manager manual and for the event.

The last day to register is March 17th. To learn more and to register, click the link to the right.

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Beginning Farmer

Signature Program

This program will walk through a farm planning workbook that will help a farmer determine their mission and vision, define their assets, set goals, and outline activities to achieve their goals. 2021 Beginning Farmer Workshops will be held starting January 18th thru March 1st, 2021.

Grass To Garden

Signature Program

Grass to Garden is a four-part (12-hour) workshop geared towards non-profit employees, local officials, community volunteers, and garden enthusiasts who struggle to find the tools they need to make their gardens community-driven, successful, and sustainable.

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Small Farm Spotlight

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Now we're featuring Mike Hoopengardner from RedBud Farm!

Starting with 2 goats and 2 llamas Kristy Kikly and Mike Hoopengardner, built their farm and house from the ground up and now have over 300 goats! They’re well known in retail, online markets, and farmers markets and in 2019, they won the American Cheese Society Gold Medal for Goat Milk Feta!

At Silver Valley Farm with Wendy Feller outside Crawfordsville, Ind.


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Purdue Extension's Diversified Farming and Food Systems program partners with many agencies across Indiana to support you as a diversified or beginning farmer, help you connect with other locals, and more.

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Our Team

Purdue Extension's Diversified Farming and Food Systems works to connect programming, research and learning focused on urban agriculture, community wellness, local food, beginning farmers, small farms and organic agriculture.

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Mailing Address

Dr. Tamara J Benjamin

Assistant Program Leader
Diversified Farming and Food Systems

615 W State Street
West Lafayette
IN  47907

Available 8am to 5pm

(765) 494-8490

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