SF Conference Committee

Indiana Small Farm Conference Committee

Indiana Small Farm Conference

The Purdue Small Farms Team formed more than 10 years ago to support the growing number of small and alternative farming operations. From this team the Indiana Small Farm Conference committee was formed, a collaborative effort, engaging researchers, educators, and farmers to help foster this diverse community.

The committee meets monthly throughout the year to discuss current and future initiatives addressing small and alternative farming operations as well as plan the annual conference for the small holder farmers of Indiana.

The conference brings together farmers, educators and researchers to create a supportive network for those engaged in small-scale farming as well as provide opportunities to share knowledge. The Indiana Small Farm Conference is hosted at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, with over 400 attendees. Tracks focused on beginning farmers, urban agriculture, farm planning,  livestock and vegetable production and more. We look forward to continuing this annual event, and hope it will continue to provide a chance to build this community.

Our Team

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Tamara Benjamin, Purdue Extension

DFFS Team: Assistant Program Leader, Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Ashley Adair, Extension Educator

DFFS Team: Extension Educator, Montgomery County

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Brook Alford, Extension Educator

DFFS Team: Extension Educator, Marion County

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Amanda Baird, Extension Educator

DFFS Team: Extension Educator, Tipton County

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Azad Chahal, Extension Educator

DFFS Team: Extension Educator, LaPorte County

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Phil Cox, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Vermillion County

Engleking.Steve

Steve Engleking, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, LaGrange County

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Dan Garcia, Owner, Garcia's Gardens, Indianapolis

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Sarah Hanson, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Johnson County

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John Hawley, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Dearborn County

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Mike Hoopengardner, Owner, Red Bud Farm, Spiceland

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Julie Huetteman, Strategic Initiative Coordinator, Purdue Extension

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Mathias Ingle, Extension Educator

DFFS Team: Extension Educator, Howard County

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Laura Ingwell, Asst. Professor, Purdue Entomology

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Lais McCartney, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Hancock County

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Karen Mitchell, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Tippecanoe County

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Jeff Pell, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Hendricks County

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Alex Pettigrew, Extension Educator

DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Marion County.

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Courtney Schmidt, Extension Educator, Miami County

DFFS Team: Manager, Purdue Student Farm

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Brad Sewell, Program Measurement & Evaluation Coordinator, Purdue Extension

DFFS TeamProgram Measurement & Evaluation Coordinator

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Nathan Shoaf, Coordinator, Purdue Extension Urban Agriculture

DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture State Coordinator

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Brooke Stafford, Graduate Assistant, Tippecanoe County

DFFS Team: Program Assistant

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Amy Thompson, Extension Educator, Monroe County

DFFS Team: County Extension Director - Monroe County

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Andrew Westfall, Extension Educator

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, White County

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James Wolff, Extension Educator, Allen County

DFFS TeamExtension Educator, Allen County