Diversified Farming and Food Systems Programs

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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

Contact

Amy Thompson
afthompson@purdue.edu

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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

Contact

James Wolff
jmwolff@purdue.edu

Miranda Edge
medge@purdue.edu

Amanda Mosiman
bailey1@purdue.edu
 

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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

Contact

Dr. Tamara Benjamin
tamara17@purdue.edu

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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

 

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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

Contact

Nathan Shoaf
nfshoaf@purdue.edu

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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

Contact

Ashley Adair
holmes9@purdue.edu

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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

Contact

Karen Mitchell
mitcheka@purdue.edu

Laurynn Thieme
ljThieme@purdue.edu

 

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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

Contact

Dr. Kathryn Orvis
orvis@purdue.edu

Alex Pettigrew
apettig@purdue.edu