Diversified Farming and Food Systems Programs


Beginning Farmer

The Purdue Beginning Farmer program seeks to support new farmers determine their mission and vision through statewide programs, projects with partnering agencies, and targeted farm events to build more robust networks across Indiana.

Beginning Farmer Website


Amy Thompson


Farmers Market

This program covers multiple aspects of a successful farmers market for both market managers and market vendors. Content of the course includes market regulations, food safety, liability, sustaining a stable market, food assistance programs, and conflict management. This program promotes networking and follows outline of our Market Manager Toolkit and Market Vendor Toolkit publications.

Farmers Market Program Website


James Wolff

Amanda Mosiman


Soil Health

This program provides hands-on soil health educational activities for high school teachers, a photo and video library, and general information about Purdue soil health research and educational workshops.

Soil health Website


Walt Sell


Small Farm Conference

The Indiana Small Farm Conference serves as the annual educational and farmer-to-farmer networking event for the Indiana small and diversified farm community. First held in 2013, the conference now hosts over 500 attendees, 50 exhibitors, and a variety of national speakers. We look forward to continuing to build this growing conference in partnership with the small and diversified farm community of Indiana!

Small Farm Conference Website



Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture is just as it sounds—the practice of raising food in urban or suburban areas, alongside the hustle and bustle of city life. Urban agriculture can be many things-- a schoolyard chicken coop and vegetable garden teaching students healthy habits, a vacant lot growing food for neighborhood families, a church garden feeding the hungry, or an entrepreneur's acre supplying restaurants and farmers markets.

Urban Agriculture Website


Nathan Shoaf


Organic Agriculture

The program seeks to identify and address the diverse educational and technical resource needs of certified organic and transitioning to organic farmers through one-on-one technical support and formal extension programs for farmers, agricultural professionals, and landowners

Organic Agriculture Website


Ashley Adair


Grass To Garden

This program will equip communities, often composed of diverse audiences with little or no exposure to Purdue Extension, with interdisciplinary education and programming aimed at making successful agricultural and community development efforts and healthier communities with improved access to local food.

Grass to Garden Website


Karen Mitchell



Junior Master Gardener

This program is a hands-on train-the-trainer workshop designed to introduce and immerse you in the JMG curriculum in general with a focus on the Level 1 Curriculum.

Junior Master GArdener Website


Dr. Kathryn Orvis




 Food systems

The Food Systems Coordinator supports small, diverse farms and value-added food businesses in Indiana. We are also involved in local food in terms of food safety, economics, and education.

Food Systems Website


Sarah Hanson