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Small Farm Education Field Day

May 8, 2019

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is proud to host its second annual Small Farm Education Field Day at the Purdue Student Farm. Our inaugural event was a huge success, educating more than 40 growers and gardeners. This year our Field Day is again packed with fantastic educational sessions during the morning, followed by hands-on experiences through an array of demonstrations at the Student Farm. Topics of discussion throughout the morning include basic planning tools for a sustainable small farm operation, testing and restoring soils in urban and peri-urban systems, scheduling crops in high tunnels, using different cover crops to build your soil, calculating profits and return on investment using enterprise budgets and food safety plans for small growers and gardeners. During the afternoon there will be a rototiller versus power harrow, high tunnel tomato and sweet pepper production, leaf mold composting, vegetable wash station design, and solar dryer demonstrations. A workbook on ‘Basic Planning Tools for Increased farm Sustainability’ is not included in your registration fee, but could be purchased when registering for the Field day. Lunch will be provided by Juniper Spoon.


$20 registration fee

Please include an additional $12 fee if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the Beginning Farmer Workbook

Register here

For questions please contact Lori Jolly-Brown at or 765-494-1296

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