Here you will find session descriptions and presentation slides from the 2014 Conference Sessions. Click on the title of the event to download presentation slides in PDF format. Please note that not all sessions had slides that were used or that could be shared.
Katie Clayton, Purdue University
CSA, Josh Egenoff, WE Farm
Liz Maynard, Purdue University, Jim Baughman, Freedom Valley Farm
Setting Your Price Points
Perry Kirkham, Wea Creek Orchards
Using Social Media and email to market and is it working
Chris Baggott, Tyner Pond Farm
Producer Panel – How they market
Kevin Cooley, Cooley Family Farm; Chuck Mohler, Sweet Corn Charlie’s; Russell Beiersdorfer, Quarter Amish Farm
Processing of Livestock
Jolena Waddell, Purdue University Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Meat specialist, will cover some of the basic information about animal processing in Indiana including state regulations.
Two Approaches to Livestock Processing
Adam Moody of Moody’s Butcher Shop
Sanders Processing is a custom operation that caters to their clients needs and Moody’s Butcher Shop utilizes various suppliers to sell specialty raised animals.
Mark Kepler, a 28 year Purdue Extension Educator in Fulton County, will call on his professional and personal experiences as a producer of goat, beef and other livestock to talk about those plants that can have a profound impact on livestock production.
Josh Egenolf of WE Farm will discuss the poultry side of his operation with special emphasis on the “How to make a profit” part of the business.
Brian Richert, Purdue Extension Swine Specialist will talk about the nutritional needs of swine and methods of meeting those requirements.
Using Goats to Control Woodland Invasive Plants
Ron Rathfon, Purdue Extension Forester
He has been conducting research trials utilizing goats to control invasive species in our woodlands. It is good for the goat and the woods. And Pasturing Goats with Patty Larr of Hoosier Hills Kiko Goats. She will discuss her pasture and hayland management as well as conservation practices and more.
Diversified Livestock Production panel
A group of three producers will briefly cover their operation and then open it up to questions. Panelists are Luke Rhoades, multifaceted farm; Larry Howard, Maple Valley farm, producer of chicken, lamb, turkey, rabbit and beef; and Chris Baggott, Tyner Pond farm, raiser of cattle, chickens and pigs.
A Discussion on Grain Production and Diversity on the Sustainable Farm
Dave Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
We produce corn, soybeans, wheat, and oats here at PrairiErth Farm and focus on value adding – milling the grains into feed for livestock, or roasting the soybeans, or producing sprouts with the wheat or oats to provide “greens” for our laying hens in the winter – or milling small batches of flour for human consumption at the farm, etc. We focus on diversity as a primary element in “value adding” and consider that essential to the success of any sustainable farm operation.
Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension, Representatives from the Indiana Beekeeping Association and the Indiana State Beekeeping Association
Roy Ballard will cover beekeeping basics for growers interested in adding bees to their operation. Both beekeeping associations will be addressing networking and resources available for beekeepers in Indiana.
Fruit Grafting Instruction and Demonstration
Jerry Lehman, The Indiana Nut & Fruit Growers Association (INFGA)
Presentation on grafting theory, techniques tools and supplies followed by hands-on grafting with plants that are ready to go!
Rachel Beyer, Purdue Student Farm Manager
Presentation and logistical techniques to assist the CSA, Market or wholesale grower on producing consistent, high-quality vegetable crops for the fresh market.
Best Practices for Seed Saving
Lori Hoagland, Purdue University
Presentation from her plant propagation course taught at Purdue University with a seed swap following.
High Tunnels: Small Group Learning and Discussion
This round-table discussion/learning session will be led by farmers and Purdue specialists on four major topics: flowers, vegetables, fruit and pests. Attendees will be able to choose their specific topic for the learning session.
Presentation by permaculture fruit farmers located two miles east of the circle in downtown Indy. They specialize in heirloom varieties and offer direct market sales through u-pick, Indy Winter Farmers’ Market and through their home delivery system.
Beginning Farmer/Farm Management Track
John Hendrickson, Fresh Market Vegetables and Food Systems Outreach Specialist & Wisconsin School for Beginning Farmers Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Getting started: Scale, business plans, finding land and capital.
Alan Miller, Farm Business Management Specialist, Purdue University Agricultural Economics; John Hendrickson, Fresh Market Vegetables and Food Systems Outreach Specialist & Wisconsin School for Beginning Farmers Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Record keeping, budgets, setting prices and management issues for beginning (and experienced) farmers. Preparing a Projected Cash Flow Statement Document, Farm Debt Structuring and Debt Management Principles
What I wish I had known when I started: Farmer panel discussion
Mike Hoopengardener, Redbud Farm; Jeff Evard, Herr Station Malt LLC and One Sky Agriculture Services; Nate Parks, Silverthorn Farm; Amy Mattehws, South Circle Farm; Patrick Lillard, Purdue University (moderator)
Are you a beginning farmer or considering a new farm venture but haven’t quite gotten things started? Do you feel like there is just so much to know and wonder how experienced farmers ever acquired all the skills and knowledge needed to operate a successful small farm? This moderated panel discussion will give you the opportunity to hear from experienced small farmers who were once beginning farmers. They will share some of their mistakes and challenges early in their farming careers and resources or skills they wish they had acquired before they started farming.
Ask the mechanic: A primer on small engine maintenance
An expert farm equipment mechanic will provide participants a primer on maintaining small engines, including do’s and don’ts of small engine maintenance. A question and answer session will follow, so bring your questions!
Christopher Reinhart, Architectural Lead and Construction Manager, Open Source Ecology
Open Source Ecology is creating a life-size lego kit of mechanical and architectural products that open the doors to new economic models based once again on the small-scale producer. Our research and development is based on open collaboration with people around the world, and the blueprints for all of the products we prototype are available to anyone on the internet, along with step-by-step instructions. With our MicroHouse project, we are reinventing barn-raising for the 21st century by bringing together concepts of DIY, modularity, parallel processing, and prefabrication combined with large groups of volunteer workers or workshop attendees. With this process, and our open source machines like the LifeTrac 6 and the compressed earth brick press, we can rapidly assemble beautiful, durable, and sustainable dwellings.
Farm system design: Case studies from Indiana farms
Tamara Benjamin, Purdue University; Adam Moody, Moody Meats; Linda Chapman, Harvest Moon Flower Farm; Kevin Cooley, Cooley Family Farm
Farm System Design takes into account the social, economic, and biophysical factors that influence the sustainability of a farm or ranch. By looking at all of the assets on a farm and ensuring that each of the three pillars of sustainability are met, a farmer or rancher has the ability to meet his/her needs without damaging the surrounding environment and local community. We will explore how to better design a farm or ranch based on these factors and how they interact. By using case studies and discussion from three local farmers, we can better understand how they designed their successful and sustainable farms and ranches.
Sarah Aubrey, Prosperity Consulting
Pesticide drift panel discussion
Cissy Bowman, Center Valley Organics; Jeff Evard, Herr Station Malt LLC and One Sky Agriculture Services; Mike Hoopengardner, Redbud Farm and Caprini Creamery; Reid Sprenkel, FieldWatch, Inc.; Representative from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist
Pesticide drift is a reality in Indiana agriculture. Small farm operations can face devastating losses from a single drift incident. However, small farmers can take proactive measures to minimize the risk of pesticide drift onto their farmland. This moderated panel discussion will equip participants with best practices to implement on their farms and how to deal with pesticide drift should it occur.