Our Team

Nathan Shoaf is the Urban Agriculture State Coordinator for Purdue Extension. He received his M.S. in Ecological Sciences and Engineering from Purdue University with a focus on soil microbiology and plant pathology. He also received his B.S. in English Literature from Purdue. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with stakeholders in community gardens and specialty farm production in urban soils throughout the United States. His research interests relate to soil microbial energy, plant pathology, bioremediation and stakeholder engagement. Nathan collaborates with extension staff, faculty and stakeholders to enhance statewide programming for the Urban Agriculture Program. Contact Nathan at nlshoaf@purdue.edu.
Terri Theisen is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Allen County. Terri has experience with a variety of small-scale, diversified farming operations in urban and rural environments and has a passion for local foods. Hailing originally from Wisconsin, Terri is no stranger to the whimsical weather present in Indiana or the unique challenges of growing in this climate. Among her many tasks, Terri assists with the delivery of the Urban Agriculture Certificate program in Fort Wayne, planning the Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum, and operation of Johnnie Mae Farm, an urban farm in southeast Fort Wayne. Contact Terri at ttheisen@purdue.edu.
James Wolff is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Purdue Extension – Allen County. He grew up on a small livestock and crop farm in Northern Indiana. James received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education at Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University. He assists with statewide programming for small farms, beginning farmers, farmers markets, and hops production. His urban agriculture focus areas include site assessment, zoning ordinances, weed control, marketing, and farmers markets. James is the primary instructor for the Urban Agriculture Certificate in Fort Wayne. Contact James at jmwolff@purdue.edu.
Rebecca ‘Becca’ Koetz is an Urban Agriculture and Home Horticulture Educator for Purdue Extension – Lake County. Prior to coming to Purdue Extension, Becca earned a BS in Wildlife and MS in Extension Education at Purdue University. She has been instrumental as the Project Coordinator for the The Nature of Teaching program offered through Forestry & Natural Resources. Contact Becca at busser@purdue.edu.
Brooke Alford  is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Marion County. She earned her MLA from the University of Washington Landscape Architecture with a Certificate in Ecological Restoration. She also received her B.S. in Urban Forestry at the University of Washington, where her focus was in urban horticulture. She practiced urban ecological design and restoration as well contributed to many community empowerment projects in the Seattle area before returning to the Indianapolis region and joining Purdue Extension-Marion County. At Extension she co-teaches the Urban Agriculture Certificate Program, Rainscaping and the Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing. Contact Brooke at bmalford@purdue.edu.
Alex Pettigrew is the Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Marion County. Alex was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University, and is months away from finishing her masters in Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication at Purdue University. Alex has a passion for urban agriculture and hopes to help more people see the different ways agriculture is used daily. She will focus on urban livestock, including poultry and bees. Contact Alex at apettig@purdue.edu.
 
Amy Thompson is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Purdue Extension – Monroe County.  Amy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management at Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology at the University of Kentucky. Amy is active in statewide extension programming for small farms, beginning farmers, farmers markets, and hops production. Amy grew-up in Bloomington on a small livestock farm.  Prior to her experience with Purdue she worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Kentucky and served as U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Contact Amy at afthompson@purdue.edu.
 
Karen Mitchell is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Purdue Extension – Tippecanoe County.  Karen received her B.S. in Horticultural Production and Marketing and M.S. in Weed Science at Purdue University. With a passion for helping others grow, Karen is active in statewide extension programming for small farms, beginning farmers, farmers markets, community gardens, and home horticulture. Contact Karen at mitcheka@purdue.edu.

 

 

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