Indiana Small Farm Conference 2022

Learn more about the 2022 Small Farm Conference

Indiana Small Farm Conference is now virtual, to view the webinars being offered please click the webinar link below. This page will be updated regularly with up-to-date information about the 2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference. In order to gain access and attend events, please register here for the online webinar series with the link above.


Keynote Speakers

malik-yakini-headshot-9_18-portrait.jpg Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN).  DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of the Detroit Food Commons, the new building that will house the Detroit People's Food Co-op, a cooperatively grocery store in Detroit’s North End.  Yakini views the work of DBCFSN as part of the larger movement for building power, self-determination, and justice. He is adamantly opposed to the system of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy.  He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.   He is a founding member of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance.



Liz Brownlee, Nightfall Farm


Genesis McKiernan-Allen, Full Hand Farm
Genesis McKiernan-Allen and Liz Brownlee are the founders of the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition, an organization that is building connection and collaboration among farmers across Indiana. They are themselves farmers who, along with their husbands Eli and Nate, have operated 2 successful farms (Full Hand Farm and Nightfall Farm) since 2012 and 2013. Liz and Genesis will share insights about how creating community among diverse farmers is critical to supporting more successful farms in our state, and will outline the ways in which farmers, food councils and farming organizations are coming together to help Indiana’s food system mature and thrive. They will share what’s planned (so far!) for the next few years and seek input from conference attendees to help further shape the future of food and farming in Indiana.


Learn more about the webinars that are being offered virtually:


Moderated By: Nathan Shoaf and Amy Thompson

Sponsored By: IU Sustainable Food Systems Science


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Building Food Justice
Speaker: Malik Yakini

Urban Agriculture Track

Moderated By: Brooke Alford and Lupe Valtierra


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Urban Renewal Through Community Agriculture Panel
Sibeko Jywanza
Freida Graves
Mystrie Davis
Danielle Guerrin


Moderated By: Tamara Benjamin and Laura Ingwell

Sponsored By: Indiana Farm Bureau


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Better Together - How Young Farmers and Allies Statewide are Growing... and How You Can Get Involved.
Speakers: Liz Brownlee & Genesis McKiernan-Allen

Soil Health Track

Moderated By: Kevin Allison and Laura Ingwell

Sponsored By: Marion County SWCD & USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


1:15 - 2:45 PM Creating and Maintaining Healthy Soil
Speaker: Jesse Frost

Vegetable Production Track

Sponsored By: Marion County SWCD & USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


12:00 - 12:45 PM Simple and Profitable Interplanting Strategies
Moderated By: Kevin Allison and Laura Ingwell
Speaker: Jesse Frost

Sponsored By: Safe Produce, Indiana

12:45 - 1:30 PM Soil Health Practices and Compost Amendments for Vegetable Production
Moderated By: Laura Ingwell and Sarah Hanson
Petrus Langenhoven
Nathan Shoaf
Mary Winstead
Roger Winstead

Pollination Track

Moderated By: Alex Pettigrew and Laura Ingwell

Sponsored By: North Central SARE 


12:00 - 12:45 PM Where the Wild Bees Are: Improving Native Pollinator Conservation In Indiana Agriculture
Speaker: Allison Bistline East
12:45 - 1:30 PM PM Honey Bees On The Farm
Speaker: Joe Bastin

Livestock Track

Moderated By: Steve Engleking

Sponsored By: Indiana Farm Bureau


12:00 - 1:30 PM On-Farm Processing and Marketing of Chickens and Rabbits
Meagan Diss
Lessie Lennon
Elysia Rodgers

Value Added Track

Moderated By: Jeff Pell and Mathias Ingle

Sponsored By: Safe Produce, Indiana


12:00 - 12:45 PM How Does Value Added Product Work Into Your Business
Emily Buice
Victoria Herring
12:45 - 1:30 PM Value Added Products In Your Operation
Elysia Rodgers
Robin Shannon

Marketing Track

Moderated By: Sarah Hanson and Ashley Adair

Sponsored By: National Hoosier Young Farmer Coalition 


12:00 - 1:30 PM Selling to Retail Stores and Restaurants
Heather Tallman
12:30 - 1:00 PM How to Sell Your Products Anywhere
Barbara Wilder
Leigh Rowan
1:00 - 1:30 PM What is Your Brand and How To Sell Your Product
Mike Hoopengardner
Erin Peckinpaugh

Innovations in Response to Climate Change Track

Moderated By: Tamara Benjamin and James Wolff

Sponsored By: Vermont Compost

12:00 - 12:30 PM Climate Smart Agriculture for Small Farms
Hans Schmitz
Austin Pearson
12:30 - 1:00 PM Climate Innovations on Small-Scale Livestock and Vegetable Farms
John Small
Corey and Liz Aquino
John Jamerson
1:00 - 1:30 PM Q & A Discussion Panel

Perennial Crop Production Track

Moderated By: Amy Thompson and Tamara Benjamin

Sponsored By: High Mowing Organic Seeds 


12:00 - 12:30 PM Persimmons and Paw Paws
Speaker: Kris Heeter
12:30 - 1:00 PM Elderberries
Speaker: Chris Sullivan
1:00 - 1:30 PM Nut Grower Panel
Moderated By: Julia DeBruicker Valliant, Jim McKenna
Karen Vanek
Iran Sterling
Lee Brittain

Regenerative Agriculture Track

Moderated By: Andrew Westfall and James Wolff

Sponsored By: North Central SARE


12:00 - 1:30 PM Regenerative Agriculture: A Farmers' Panel Discussion
Karen Vanek
Michael O'Donnell
Elliot Dale

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