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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.

Warmer than Autumn Expected

via Purdue Extension by Hans Schimtz.

Current models forecast a warmer than average fall, with equal chances for above-normal, below-normal or normal amounts of precipitation.

Current outlooks predict 0.5°F above Fahrenheit above average and wetter than average conditions.

Individual observations of temperatures and extremes can be quite noticable. Notice increased risks and symptoms of heat stress or stroke for livestock, pets, and humans. Additionally, recnet climate trends favor heavier precipitation and increasing longer periods of dryness.
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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.


Urban Agriculture Certificate

Statewide Program

The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a 100% online program developed by Purdue Extension where students receive in-depth instruction for urban crop production from farm design through harvest techniques. This certificate is tailored to the dynamics of urban agriculture for small scale and close to non-agriculture land.

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M & G Farms Virtual Tour

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

Victory Acres Farm Virtual Tour

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

Free Folk Farm Virtual Tour

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

Maple Hill Farm Virtual Tour

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

Four Flags Farm Virtual Tour

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

Freedom Valley Farm Virtual Tour

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

Local Farm's Experience During COVID-19

Part of the 2021 Small Farms Conference

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

Newsletter

We release a monthly newsletter that includes events, surveys, opportunities, and news about our community. You can also subscribe to our email list by clicking below.
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Partners

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

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