DFFS Programs Text

Signature Programs

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Beginning Farmer

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. The objective of this program is to support your clients get organized, not waste money and resources so that they can focus their efforts on creating successful and viable farm enterprises.

Contact:

| Dr. Tamara Benjamin
tamara17@purdue.edu
(765) 496-1930
| Amy Thompson
afthompson@purdue.edu
(812) 349-2575

 

Beginning Livestock & Poultry 101

This program covers multiple aspects of livestock and poultry production in order to raise healthy livestock and poultry for personal use or as a commercial business. Topics will include purposes of different species, processing, marketing and budgeting. More specific sessions on sheep, goats, cattle, swine, poultry, rabbits/cavies, and equine will also be held.

Contact:

| Mark Kepler
mkepler@purdue.edu
(574) 223-3397
| Dr. Marissa Erasmus
merasmus@purdue.edu
(765) 496-3886

 

Grass to Garden

This program will equip communities, often composed of diverse audiences with little or no exposure to Purdue Extension, with interdisciplinary education and programming aimed at making successful agricultural and community development efforts and healthier communities with improved access to local food.

Contact:

| Karen Mitchell
mitcheka@purdue.edu
(765) 494-1311
| Laurynn Thieme
ljThieme@purdue.edu
(765) 747-7732

 

Farmers Market

This program covers multiple aspects of a successful farmers market for both market managers and market vendors. Content of the course includes market regulations, food safety, liability, sustaining a stable market, food assistance programs, and conflict management. This program promotes networking and follows outline of our Market Manager Toolkit and Market Vendor Toolkit publications.

Contact:

| James Wolff
jmwolff@purdue.edu
(260) 481-6826

| Miranda Edge
medge@purdue.edu
(821) 738-4236

| Amanda Mosiman
bailey1@purdue.edu
(812) 897-6101

 

Urban Farming

The Urban Farming Program is designed to provide new urban farmers the introductory knowledge and skills to start an urban farm.

Contact:

| Terri Theisen
ttheisen@purdue.edu
(260) 481-6826
| Nathan Shoaf
nlshoaf@purdue.edu
(765) 496-3225

 

Junior Master Gardener

This program is a hands-on train-the-trainer workshop designed to introduce and immerse you in the JMG curriculum in general with a focus on the Level 1 Curriculum.

Contact:

| Dr. Kathryn Orvis
orvis@purdue.edu
(765)494-8433
| Alex Pettigrew
apettig@purdue.edu
(317) 275-9274

 

Keeping the Business in the Family

This program takes a holistic approach to succession in farm and family businesses. This signature program delves into strategic management, relationships, conflict management, managing stress, and ends with writing down a timeline and roadmap for the ownership and management transfer processes.

Contact:

| Dr. Maria Marshall
mimarsha@purdue.edu
(765) 494-4268
| Renee Wiatt
reneewiatt@purdue.edu
(765) 496-9051

 

Statewide Programs

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