Our Team


Tamara Benjamin, Purdue Extension

Tamara Benjamin works with small scale and beginning farmers helping them find ways to produce more sustainably through on farm planning tools.

615 W State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Assistant Program Leader, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Wenjing Guan, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Wenjing Guan is a horticultural specialist. Her research and extension programs focus on developing and delivering sustainable production practice for vegetable, melon, and strawberry production. She is an expert in vegetable grafting.

4369 North Purdue Road. Vincennes, IN

DFFS Team: Clinical Engagement Assistant Professor


Sarah Hanson, Purdue Extension - Johnson County

484 N. Morton St. Franklin, IN 46131

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Mark Kepler, Purdue Extension - Fulton County

Mark Kepler is the Extension Educator in Fulton County. He is involved in livestock production both personally and professionally. He does programming for beginning livestock farmers in the area of beef, swine, goats and general pasture management.

1009 W. Third Street, Rochester, IN 46975

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Liz Maynard, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Liz Maynard works with vegetable farmers on production issues in the field and high tunnel, including stand establishment, transplant production, cultural practices, irrigation, soil fertility and plant mineral nutrition, and variety selection.

1101 Glendale Blvd., Suite 101-A Valparaiso, IN 46383

DFFS Team: Clinical Engagement Assistant Professor


Karen Mitchell, Purdue Extension - Tippecanoe County

Karen Mitchell is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Purdue Extension – Tippecanoe County. Karen is active in statewide extension programming for small farms, beginning farmers, farmers markets, community gardens, and home horticulture.

3150 Sagamore Pkwy S., Lafayette, IN 47905

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Amanda Moisman, Purdue Extension - Warrick County

Amanda Mosiman, Amanda’s DFFS expertise is aiding farm market masters and direct marketing vendors to understand proper food safety protocols and state / county regulations. She also enjoys aiding small livestock producers.

107 W. Locust Street, Suite 111, Boonville, IN 47601

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Michael O'Donnell, Purdue Extension - Organic and Diversified Agriculture Educator

Michael O’Donnell works with farmers of all scales and enterprises looking to shift acres into certified organic production. He works closely with Indiana grain farmers transitioning acreage into organic grain production, and offers educational programs on organic field crop/grain production for farmers and other agricultural professionals. He is also passionate about the application of regenerative agriculture principles in all types of farming systems.

100 W. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305

DFFS Team: Organic and Diversified Agriculture Educator


Bob Rode, Forestry and Natural Resources

5675 W. 600 N. W. Lafayette, IN 47906

DFFS Team: Aquaculture Research Lab Manager


Andrew Westfall, Purdue Extension - White County

Andrew Westfall is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator in White County. He helps large and mid-sized farmers who are interested in diversifying their operation, as well as beginning farmers who are getting started with small scale production.

12 N 25 E, Reynolds, IN 47980

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Miranda Edge, Purdue Extension - Harrison County

Miranda Edge, is an ANR Extension Educator and will have worked in Harrison County for 9 years this October (2019). I work with farmers markets and am considered an expert in market management and food safety.

247 Atwood St. Corydon, IN 47112

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


James Wolff, Purdue Extension - Allen County

James Wolff is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Allen County. He works with a variety of agricultural issues and focuses on beginning farmers, farmers markets, urban agriculture, site assessment, and hops production.

4001 Crescent Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46835

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Steve Engleking, Purdue Extension - LaGrange County

114 West Michigan Street, LaGrange, IN 46761

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Ashley Adair, Purdue Extension - Montgomery County

Ashley Adair is the Ag and Natural Resources Educator in Montgomery County. Her areas of interest include cover crops, small farms, local food, UAVs, and native plants. Recently she has been working on farm to school and school garden projects in the Crawfordsville area.

400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Petrus Langenhoven, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Petrus Langenhoven is Horticulture and Hydroponics Crops Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His strong background in horticulture production research and Extension allows him to leverage research and Extension programming around new technologies and expertise in high tunnel and greenhouse management, and open field vegetable production. His skills propel him to engage in new crop development activities such as microgreens, personalized specialty cantaloupe, leafy amaranth, summer squash, sweet colored and chili pepper, and peppermint production.

625 Agriculture Mall Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907


DFFS Team: Horticulture and Hydroponic Crop Specialist


Terri Theisen, Purdue Extension - Allen County

Terri Theisen, is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Allen County. Terri has experience with a variety of small-scale, diversified farming operations in urban and rural environments and has a passion for local foods.

4001 Crescent Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46835

DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture


Phillip Cox, Purdue Extension - Vermillion County

Phillip Cox is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator in Vermillion County. He is on the Indiana Small Farm Conference team and has served on the Trade Show subcommittee for the past several years. He also coordinates programming that includes such topics as pesticide safety, native plants, invasive species, gardening, natural resources, farming, wildlife management, and forestry.

703 W. Park St., Suite 1, Cayuga, IN 47928

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Nathan Shoaf, Urban Agriculture State Coordinator

Nathan Shoaf, has worked on soil, groundwater and vapor intrusion contamination issues for remediation sites as a field technician, consultant and regulatory agency project manager. In addition, he has worked with community gardens and urban agricultural projects on improving soil health and safety using organic amendments such as composts, biosolids and biochar.

615 W. State Street, #228, West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture


Amy Thompson, Purdue Extension - Monroe County

3400 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


John Hawley, Purdue Extension - Dearborn County

John Hawley is based in Dearborn County and serves statewide as a Farm to School specialist. He also coordinates programming that includes such topics as agricultural communications, backyard poultry, pest control, and gardening.

229 Main Street, Aurora, IN 47001

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Alex Pettigrew, Purdue Extension - Marion County

Alex Pettigrew, has a passion for urban agriculture and hopes to help more people see the different ways agriculture is used daily. She will focus on urban livestock, including poultry and bees.

1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205


DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Brooke Alford, Purdue Extension - Marion County

Brooke Alford co-teaches the Urban Agriculture Certificate Program, Rainscaping and the Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing.

1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Sara Dzimianski, Purdue Extension - Perry County

Sara Dzimianski is the Purdue Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources based in Perry County, and serves statewide as a sheep and goat specialist. Her primary areas of interest are dairy goat management, and parasite management in sheep and goat production. She also coordinates programming that includes such topics as pesticide safety, beekeeping, beef production, invasive species management, and gardening.

65 Park Avenue, Tell City, IN 47586

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Mathias Ingle, Purdue Extension - Howard County

Mathias Ingle is the Ag & Natural Resources Extension Educator in Howard County (Kokomo, IN). Mathias is a newer educator to the group, starting in April of 2019. He coordinates the local programing on a local level to serve the community.

120 E. Mulberry St. Suite 105, Kokomo, IN 46901

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Amanda Baird, Purdue Extension - Tipton County

Amanda Baird is based in Hamilton County. Her program areas includes farmers markets, small farms, backyard poultry, and gardening.

2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, IN 46060

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Michele Jones, Purdue Extension - Morgan County

Michele Jones is based in Morgan County and is relatively new to Extension. She has a background in dairy farming and coordinates programming that includes gardening, vermicomposting, and soil health.

180 S. Main St., Suite 229, Martinsville, IN 46151


Beth Vansickle, Purdue Extension - Madison County

Beth Vansickle is based in Madison County. She coordinates programming that includes such topics on gardening, beginning livestock and production livestock.

3424 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN 46017

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Jeffery Pell, Purdue Extension - Hendricks County

Jeffery Pell is serving on the Exhibitors committee and the Content committee. He is working on planning an animal marketing tour for the first day of the conference and assisting in recruiting presenters for the youth track. In addition, He is working on the logistics of the Exhibitors part of the conference and serve as the liaison for non-stationed items for the booth.

1900 E. Main St., Danville, IN 46122

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


Laurynn Thieme, Purdue Extension - Delaware County

Laurynn Thieme serves as the Agricultural & Natural Resource Educator in Delaware County, providing programming, expertise, and researched based knowledge to the local community and community agencies focusing on the areas of natural resource conservation, urban agriculture, horticulture, and environmental stewardship.

Delaware County Extension Office 100 W. Main Street, Muncie, IN

DFFS Team: Extension Educator