Indiana Small Farm Conference Committee

Indiana Small Farm ConferenceThe Purdue Small Farms Team formed several years ago to support the growing number of small and alternative farming operations. The committee is a collaborative effort, engaging researchers, educators, and farmers to help foster this diverse community.

The committee meets a few times throughout the year to discuss current and future initiatives addressing small and alternative farming operations.

One major initiative the committee has been addressing is the creation of an annual conference to bring together farmers, educators and researchers to create a supportive network for those engaged in this field and an opportunity to share knowledge. In 2013, we had the first Indiana Small Farm Conference in Dannville, which had over 200 attendees, 5 tracks, and 45 sessions. We look forward to continuing this annual event, and hope it will continue to provide a chance to build this community.

Member - Small Farm Conference Committee

Assistant Program Leader, DFFS

Tamara Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin is an Assistant Program Leader in Agriculture & Natural Resources. In this position, she coordinates the statewide Diversified Farming & Food Systems (DFFS) efforts. For 2019, she is serving as the chair of the Indiana Small Farm Conference, and serves as the point of contact.

Address:  615 W State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone:  (765) 496-1930

Small Farms Team Coordinator

Julie Huetteman

Julie Huetteman, supports the evaluation efforts in order to assess the effectiveness and impact of the DFFS conferences, workshops and programs.

Address:  615 W. State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone:  (765) 494-8309
Nicholas A Rogers

Nick Rogers, is the Communications Manager for Purdue Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Communication. In this position, he coordinates communication projects for Purdue Agriculture and assists with strategic communication initiatives. He also serves on the Indiana Small Farm Conference’s communications committee.

Address:  1143 Agricultural Communication Service
Phone:  (765) 494-0948

Extension Educator

Amy Thompson
Department/County:  Monroe County

Areas of Interest: Beginning farmers, fruits, vegetables and season extension

Amy Thompson has been a Small Farms team member since 2006. She enjoys working one on one with farmers and helping them connect to resources and addressing issues on their farms. She has coordinated a number of training events on season extension, soils, flowers and fruit and vegetable production.

Address:  3400 South Walnut Street Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone:  (812) 349-2575
Andrew Westfall
Department/County:  White County
Address:  12 N 25 E, Reynolds, IN 47980
Phone:  (219) 984-5115
Ashley Adair
Department/County:  Montgomery County

She serves as a member of the Community Building subcommittee, specifically working as a catering liaison and coordinating the Evening Social. The 2020 SFC will be the third conference serving as a committee member.

Address:  400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Phone:  (765) 364-6363
Brooke Alford
Department/County:  Marion County

Brooke Alford works in the Content Committee where he coordinates the Urban Ag track. She is also collaborating in the alignment of an urban agriculture tour.

Address:  1202 E. 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone:  (317) 275-9305
Chris Adair
Department/County:  Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Address:  625 Agriculture Mall. West Lafayette, IN 47905
Phone:  (317) 473-3655
James Wolff
Department/County:  Allen County

James Wolff, is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Allen County and serves on the Communications Committee.

Address:  4001 Crescent Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Phone:  (260) 481-6826
John Hawley
Department/County:  Dearborn County

John’s primary role in supporting the Small Farm Conference is serving on the marketing committee. This committee partners with experts at Purdue Agricultural Communications to publicize the event and develop promotional materials. Additionally, John assists with tours and other conference logistics.

Address:  229 Main Street, Aurora, IN 47001
Phone:  (812) 926-1189
Karen Mitchell
Department/County:  Tippecanoe County

Karen Mitchell is the Agriculture and Natural Resources for Purdue Extension – Tippecanoe County. For 2020, she serves as the point of contact for the Poster Session at the Indiana Small Farm Conference.

Address:  3150 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN 47905
Phone:  (765) 474-0793
Mathias Ingle
Department/County:   Howard County

Mathias Ingle is part of the exhibit hall and vendor team. This is his first year on the Indiana Small Farms Conference committee.

Address:  120 E. Mulberry St. Suite 105 Kokomo, IN 46901
Phone:  (765) 456-2313
Michael O'Donnell
Department/County:  Organic and Diversified Agriculture

Areas of Interest: Organic agriculture, soil health, cover crops, vegetable production, pastured poultry and eggs, agronomy

Michael O’Donnell is the Purdue Extension Organic and Diversified Agriculture Educator. Originally from West Lafayette, IN, he earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Purdue Extension in 2012, he worked at Moody Meats, Lone Pine Farms in Montgomery County, IN. He and his family operate Pinehurst Farm, a small diversified farm in Daleville, where they raise vegetables, eggs, and pastured poultry.

Address:  100 W. Main Street Muncie, IN 47305
Phone:  (765) 284-8414
Phil Cox
Department/County:  Vermillion County

Phillip Cox 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.

Address:  703 W Park St, Cayuga, IN 47928
Phone:  (765) 492-5335
Sarah Hanson
Department/County:  Johnson County

Sarah Hanson, is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Johnson County. She is on the Indiana Small Farm Conference team and serves on the Content subcommittee.

Address:  484 North Morton Street Franklin, IN 46131
Phone:  (317) 736-3724
Steve Engleking
Department/County:  Lagrange County

Areas of Interest: Small and beginning farmers

Steve Engleking is the Purdue Extension Educator of Agriculture and Natural Resources in LaGrange County where he has served since 1995. LaGrange County is the center of the second largest Amish settlement in the United States with approximately 19,000 Amish residents in the county. LaGrange County has 2419 farms (#1 in Indiana) with an average size of 84 acres. In addition, the county has the most farms that are certified organic with 52% of all certified organic farms in Indiana. As a result, Steve has focused a majority of his work in the area of small farms and has been instrumental in developing a “beginning farmer” educational program for Indiana small farmers. He has helped to establish and also co-chairs the Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference. Steve enjoys teaching and helping people improve their lives through his Extension work.

Address:  114 W. Michigan Street, Suite 10 LaGrange, IN 46761
Phone:  (260) 499-6334

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