Small Farm Conference 2018


Indiana Small Farm Conference

The 2018 conference in Danville, Indiana begins with a series of daylong workshops on March 1. Topics include on-farm fresh produce food safety, pasture-based permaculture systems, farm viability and financial management, and a four season farm tour. Find more details below.

Educational programs on March 2 and 3 will cover topics ranging from vegetable and livestock production to farm management and marketing. Participants will also have an opportunity to network with Extension educators, expert speakers, other farmers and vendors. These details are still being finalized but will be available soon.

The Small Farm Trade Show also takes place on March 2 and 3 where more than 50 vendors will showcase their products and services.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find out about our different sponsorship levels.


Note: Conference registration opens on December 1.


Thursday, March 1

8:00-9:00 | Conference Registration

9:00-12:00 (select one)

  • Regenerating Your Farm Using Diversified Livestock Systems
  • Farm Viability and Financial Management
  • On-Farm Food Safety for Fruit and Vegetable Growers: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
  • Four Season Farm Tour (9:00-5:00)

12:00-1:00 | Networking Luncheon


  • Regenerating Your Farm Using Diversified Livestock Systems (cont.)
  • Farm Viability and Financial Management (cont.)
  • On-Farm Food Safety for Fruit and Vegetable Growers: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training (cont.)

Friday, March 2

8:00-9:00 | Conference Registration

9:00-11:00 | Breakout Sessions

11:00-12:00 | Trade Show Break

12:00-1:30 | Networking Luncheon

1:30-3:30 | Breakout Sessions

3:30-4:30 | Trade Show Break

4:30-5:30 | Keynote Panel

5:30-7:00 | Evening Reception

Saturday, March 3

8:00-9:00 | Conference Registration

9:00-11:00 | Breakout Sessions

10:00-12:00 | Poster Session Showcase

11:00-12:00 | Trade Show Break 

12:00-1:30 | Keynote Luncheon

1:30-3:30 | Breakout Sessions

3:30-4:00 | Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 | Breakout Sessions

Friday Keynote Panel


  • Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Farms
    • Bio coming soon.
  • Martha Hoover, Patachou, Inc.
    • Without even one day spent working in the restaurant industry, Patachou Inc. owner Martha Hoover created a successful collection of twelve establishments—Cafés Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro, Napolese Pizzeria, Public Greens, Bar One Fourteen — and soon-to-open Crispy Bird. Today, Patachou supports more Indiana family farms than all the other restaurants in Indianapolis combined. In 2017, Hoover, a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist, was named by Food & Wine magazine one of the Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink. 
    • Hoover created The Patachou Foundation in 2013 to feed healthy meals to food insecure children in Indianapolis. To date, over 60,000 healthy, nutritious meals have been served by The Patachou Foundation to children in the Indianapolis community who live with pervasive food insecurity.
  • Tyler Herald, Patachou, Inc.
    • Chef Tyler Herald came by his culinary career honestly when he was 14 years old and his mother bought a restaurant. Chef Tyler is now responsible for menu development, ingredient sourcing and overall kitchen management for all locations of Cafes Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro, Napolese Pizzeria, and Public Greens. He is committed to developing and serving food that appeals to everyone, but that also broadens and teases the public’s palette a bit as well. His requirement for working with the best ingredients, seasonal and local, puts him in constant communication with our farmer partners-many of whom he now counts as his best friends. He is particularly proud of the fact that in the summers, the produce featured at Napolese Pizzeria and Public Greens is almost entirely local and organic.

Saturday Keynote Speaker


Farm-Life Balance: Reflections and Ideas from the Farmer to Farmer Podcast

  • Chris Blanchard, Purple Pitchfork
    • Chris Blanchard provides consulting and education for farming, food, and business through Purple Pitchfork. As the owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm since 1999, Chris raised twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a 200-member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets. Prior to 1999, Chris managed student farms, worked as an intern, packing house manager, plant breeding assistant, and farm manager, and provided consulting for a major organic processor, in California, Wisconsin, Maine, and Washington state.
    • His workshops, writing, and consulting throughout the country about farm business concepts, food safety, organic vegetable production, and scaling-up have gained a reputation for fresh approaches, down-to-earth information, and honesty. He is the host and producer of the Farmer to Farmer Podcast, an internet radio show for organic and sustainable market farmers.


Four Season Farm Tour | March 1

Participate in a tour of Indiana farms utilizing season extension to produce and market vegetables and flowers through all four seasons.



On-Farm Fresh Produce Food Safety | March 1

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training provides the opportunity to learn about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GPA), and co-management of food safety and natural resources.


  • Miranda Edge & Scott Monroe - Leads
  • Michael O’Donnell & Steve Engleking – Teach modules
  • All Purdue Extension educators

Regenerating Your Farm Using Diversified Livestock Systems | March 1

Discover how to utilize the herbivores in the ecological system as they were from the beginning. Rotational grazing is the practice of regularly moving livestock between pastures called paddocks. Regenerative agriculture is the process of recovering the land through the use of livestock. This workshop focuses on how to work within the confines of our ecological systems to produce things that we need.


Farm Viability and Financial Management | March 1

Learn how to make your farm stand the test of time through the use of sound practices. This workshop covers topics from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. The farm planning focus will help you prepare your farm for changes and challenges while remaining viable.



“Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry” screening | March 2-3

This documentary shows the difficult choices Kentucky farmers face that impact their relationship with the land and their community. Sustainable farming and land stewardship have been replaced with capital-focused and industrial agriculture. This film blends interviews with farmers and community members with scenes of farm live throughout the four seasons. This will screen repeatedly on Friday and Saturday.

Visit the website for more information.

2018 NCR-SARE Farmers Forum | March 3


 The North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) Farmers Forum is an annual event that provides ranchers, farmers, and others with the opportunity to share information about sustainable agriculture with others. The 2018 Farmers Forum takes place at the Small Farm Conference on March 3.

Visit the website for more information.


The 2018 Small Farm Conference is generously sponsored by:

Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Champion Sponsor

NCR-SARE North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Platinum Sponsor

Earth Tools Inc., Seedling Sponsor

Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Seedling Sponsor

Store It Cold, LLC, Seedling Sponsor




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