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


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


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


Katje Armentrout, Purdue Extension - Tippecanoe

Katje Armentrout is the Community Development Educator and County Extension Director in Tippecanoe County. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Purdue University, with research interests focusing on agricultural history, farmers markets and food studies, rural community development, and environmental sustainability.

20 North 3rd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

DFFS Team: County Extension Director


Azad Chahal holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State University. He works with small and mid-size farmers helping them find ways to diversifying their operations through farm planning tools

2857 W. State Road 2, Suite A, LaPorte, IN 46350

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


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


Meagan Diss received a B.S. in Animal Science and Ag Business from Illinois State University along with a M.S. in Animal Science from Murray State University. Before coming to Purdue University, she worked for the University of Kentucky and is familiar with multiple facets of the agriculture industry. Meagan is passionate about integrating more agriculture into urban environments and connecting communities back to their roots.

13301 Darmstadt Road, Evansville, IN 47725-9593

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

Kwamena Quagrainie

Kwamena QuagrainieAgricultural Economics

Kwamena Quagrainie holds a joint appointment in Agricultural Economics Dept (70%) and Forestry and Natural Resources Dept (30%). He is also affiliated with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program as Aquaculture Economist & Marketing Specialist. He works with the aquaculture / aquaponics industries in Illinois and Indiana, aquaculture producers, aquaculture associations, distributors, restaurants, and consumers to develop viable markets for Indiana and Illinois farm-raised aquaculture products.

403 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 494-4200

DFFS Team: Aquaculture / Aquaponics Economist and Marketing Specialist


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


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


247 Atwood St. Corydon, IN 47112

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


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: Extension Educator


Sarah Hanson is the Ag and Natural Resources Educator in Johnson County. She is on the Indiana Small Farm Conference team (serving on the Content subcommittee). Her areas of interest include gardening, small farms, local food, and native plants. Recently she has been working on community garden projects.

484 N. Morton St. Franklin, IN 46131

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


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


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


Laura Ingwell, Assistant Professor Horticulture Extension Entomology

Dr. Ingwell conducts research and creates resources for insect pest management on fruits and vegetables. Her areas of expertise include pest management in controlled environments, urban agriculture, biological control and insect exclusion techniques. She also leads the content organization for the Indiana Small Farm Conference.

901 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Asst. Professor, Purdue Entomology


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

(765) 342-1010


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


Rebecca 'Becca' Koetz, Purdue Extension - Lake County

Rebbeca Koetz earned a BS in Wildlife and MS in Extension Education at Purdue University. She has been instrumental as the Project Coordinator for the The Nature of Teaching program offered through Forestry & Natural Resources.

2293 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307

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

(765) 796-7955

DFFS Team: Horticulture and Hydroponic Crop Specialist


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 - Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Karen Mitchell is the Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Karen’s passion for plants led her to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and Master’s in Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. She served as the Ag and Natural Resources Educator in Tippecanoe County for six years before transitioning onto campus where she is able to continue her statewide extension programming for community gardens and home horticulture.

625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Extension Specialist


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 Specialist


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 Specialist


Rachel Rawls, County Extension Director - St. Joseph County

Rachel Rawls is the County Extension Director and ANR Educator in St. Joseph County. Her background is in horticulture and ag leadership. Among other things, Rachel provides a variety of educational opportunities for urban growers.

125 S. Lafayette Blvd. 2nd Floor, South Bend, IN 46601

DFFS Team: County Extension Director


Bob Rode, Forestry and Natural Resources

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

DFFS Team: Aquaculture Research Lab Manager


Courtney Schmidt, County Extension Director - Miami County

Courtney Schmidt serves as the Agricultural & Natural Resource & Health & Human Sciences Educator in Miami County. She holds an Indiana casualty and property insurance license and has experience working with commercial and agribusiness clients in risk management.

1029 W. 200 N., Peru IN 46970

DFFS Team: County Extension Director

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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


Brooke Stafford, Graduate Assistant, Tippecanoe County

3150 Sagamore Pkway S, Lafayette, IN 47909

DFFS Team: Graduate Assistant


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


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


3400 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401

DFFS Team: Extension Educator


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


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


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

Amy Shambach

Amy Shambach is Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant's (IISG) aquaculture marketing outreach associate who works with the aquaculture industry in the USDA’s North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. Her work focuses on the demand side of domestic farm raised seafood products. She provides outreach and extension services to producers, potential producers, and consumers. Along with Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie, producers, aquaculture associations, and consumers she works to determine the needs of stakeholders.

195 Marsteller Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

DFFS Team: Aquaculture Marketing Outreach Associate