Nathan Shoaf, Purdue Extension
DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture State Coordinator
Nathan Shoaf received his M.S. in Ecological Sciences and Engineering from Purdue University with a focus on soil microbiology and plant pathology. 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 ecology, plant pathology, bioremediation and stakeholder engagement. Nathan collaborates with extension staff, faculty and stakeholders to enhance statewide programming for the Urban Agriculture Program.
Terri Theisen, Purdue Extension
Terri Theisen 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.
James Wolff, Purdue Extension
James Wolff 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.
Rebecca 'Becca' Koetz, Purdue Extension
Rebbeca Koetz 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.
Brooke Alford, Purdue Extension
Brooke Alford 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.
Meagan Diss, Purdue Extension
DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension—Vanderburgh County
Meagan Diss received a B.S. in Animal Science and Ag Business from Illinois State University along with a M.S. in Animal Science from Murray State University. Before coming to Purdue University, she worked for the University of Kentucky and is familiar with multiple facets of the agriculture industry. Meagan is passionate about integrating more agriculture into urban environments and connecting communities back to their roots.
Amy Thompson, Purdue Extension
Amy Thompson 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.
Karen Mitchell, Purdue Extension
DFFS Team: Consumer Horticulture Specialist for Purdue Extension—Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Karen Mitchell 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.