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Indiana Small Farm Conference

The 3rd Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference  

Danville, Indiana

Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7 

The Third Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference is in the books, and we wanted to thank all attendees for making this a great event!

You should receive an online evaluation in your inbox in the near future--please give us your honest feedback about the conference and what you'd like to see next year.

Keep an eye on the website and follow us on Facebook for updates on the 2016 conference and related programs.  We'll also get presentations from the 2015 conference posted soon.   


Registration is now closed.  


Dr. John Ikerd 
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics
University of MIssouri Columbia
The Purdue Small Farm & Sustainable Agriculture Team formed several years ago to support the growing number of small and alternative farming operations. The team is a collaborative effort, engaging researchers, educators, and farmers to help foster this diverse community.
Learning about Grafting at the 2014  Indiana Small Farms Conference  

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Thursday, March 5th 



Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Conference Center

Session Room

Classrooms A, B and C



9:00am- 4:00pm

Making Your Market Farm Work For You

Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works​

Hops Workshop

Lori Hoagland, Natasha Cerruti, Purdue Horticulture;
 Invited speakers

Value-Added Local Food and Farms Tour (Henry and Hancock Counties)

Tyner Pond Farm; Redbud Farm and Caprini Creamery; Engleking Country Beef Shop

Friday, March 6th



Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Conference Center

Session Room

Beekeeping and Pollinators

Pastured Poultry


Soil and Land Management

Farm Management

Exposition Hall

9:00 – 11:00am

Bee Health Update and Honey Bee Queen Rearing

Greg Hunt, Entomology, Purdue University

Successful Pastured-Poultry Operations

Chris Baggott, Tyner Pond Farm; Kyle Becker, Becker Farms; John Anderson, Animal Sciences, Ohio State University- Animal Science

Restoration Agriculture

Keefe Keeley, Savanna Institute; Jon Zirkle, Merry Lea Center, Goshen College

Capturing and Organizing Data for GAPs, Organic Certification, and other Endeavors

Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works







11:00am – 12:00pm

Trade Show Opens – Exposition Hall

Ask an Expert - 11:30 A.M. Greg Hunt, Purdue Entomology

Poster Session

Trade Show -Demonstrations

11:15-11:45 Lenny Farlee (Control of woodland invasive species)

3:15-3:45 Carlton Jackson (High tunnels)

12:00 - 1:30pm

Conference Welcome, Networking Luncheon - Ballroom

1:30  - 3:00pm

Marketing and Value-Added Honey Products

Jim Hoffman, Hoffman's Honey LLC

Understanding new poultry regulations in Indiana

Jeff and Zach Hawkins, J.L. Hawkins Family Farm LP; David Bough, BOAH; Mark Straw, ISEB; Lisa Harrison, ISDH

Cover Crops and Soil Health on the Small Farm

Dan Perkins, Jasper County SWCD and Perkins Good Earth Farm; Liz Maynard, Purdue Horticulture

Evaluating Investments and Operational Changes

Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works

3:00 - 4:00pm

Dessert Break with Exhibitors – Exposition Hall

Ask an Expert - 3:30 PM Jeff and Zach Hawkins, J.L. Hawkins Family Farm LP​

Poster Session (cont)

4:00 -6:00pm


Pollinator Habitat and Managing Pollinators on your Farm

Dan Luczynski, NRCS; Alex Smith, Rise Up Farms 

Poultry feed:  Understanding the basics and beyond

Kyle Becker, Becker Farms;
John Anderson, OSU; Lisa Burke, Farming Engineers

Composting and using compost

Jody Tishmack, Soilmaker; Dan Perkins, Jasper County SWCD and Perkins Good Earth Farm; Steven Howell, IDEM

Liability Issues for Small Farms

Bill Field, AgriAbility, ABE, Purdue University; Pat Sering, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

​Saturday, March 7th



Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Conference Center

Session Room

Small Farm Energy

Livestock Management

Farm Management

Vegetable Production


Exposition Hall


9:00 - 11:00am

Solar Energy for Small Farms

Deb Trocha, ICDC; Jason Monroe, Tipmont REMC; Darrian Petruzzi, Solar America Solutions

Preventing and Dealing with Livestock Death

Bethany Funnell, DVM, Purdue Veterinary Clinical Sciences; Mark Kepler, Purdue Extension

Realizing the Value in your Woodland

Lenny Farlee, FNR, Purdue University; Raoul Moore, Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Assoc.

Organic Disease Management of tomatoes in and out of high tunnels

Dan Egel, Vegetable Pathology, Purdue University

Trade Show - Demonstrations

11:15-11;45 Dan Egel (Hand sprayer usage:  do's and don'ts) 

3:15-3:45 Keith O'Dell (Vermiculture/compost) 

11:00am -   12:00pm

Trade Show Break - Exposition Hall

Ask an Expert - 11:30 AM  Bethany Funnell, DVM

12:00 – 1:30pm

Keynote Luncheon (Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia) - Ballroom

1:30 - 3:00pm


What on Earth?!
How your geology can provide energy for your farm

Kevin Ellett and Charles Zuppann, Indiana Geological Survey

Fencing and Water Infrastructure for Rotational Grazing Systems

Robert Zupancic, NRCS

Tools and Equipment Planning and Purchases

Bill Field, AgriAbility, Purdue University

Winter Management of Vegetable Crops in High Tunnels

Nate Parks, Silverthorn Farm; Eli Robb, Full Hand Farm ​

3:00 -4:00pm

Dessert Break with Exhibitors – Exposition Hall

Ask an Expert - 3:30 P.M. Bill Field, Purdue University; 3:30 PM Nate Parks, Silverthorn Farm

Book Signing - Dr. John Ikerd

Seed Swap

4:00 - 6:00pm


Grant Writing

Joan Fulton, Ag Economics, Purdue University; Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension; Farmer Panel

Introduction to Aquaponics

Bob Rode, Purdue Aquaculture Lab; Kwamena Quagrainie, Purdue University; John Woodbury, Nature's Gift Aquaponics​

Meeting the Demand of Organic Grain: The Blackhole of the Midwest

Lynn Clarkson, Clarkson Grain; Corinne Alexander, Purdue University

Putting Together an On-Farm Food Safety Plan

Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension

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Three pre-conference workshops are being offered on Thursday, March 5th.  

Making Your Market Farm Work For You

Chris BlanchardFlying Rutabaga Works​

Your market farm should work for you, in addition to you working for your  farm – and that requires you to take care of your vegetables and your business, as well as your life. Learn how you can put it all together, from the market farming fundamentals of weed control, irrigation, post-harvest handling, and marketing, to the management of your farming systems, employees, and finances. From big ideas down to practical examples, consultant, educator, and veteran farmer Chris Blanchard draws on 25 years of farming experience around the country at a wide variety scales to provide this engaging session that will help you understand and control the factors that lead to a profitable market farm that won’t drive you and your family crazy.​

Hops Workshop

Rapid growth in the microbrewery industry has created an opportunity for Hoosier farmers to start growing hops. this workshop will provide information about supplies and equipment needed to establish a hopyard in Indiana; soil, fertility and pest management practices associated with sustainable hopyard management; and, marketing strategies that can help hop growers connect with each other and local brewers. Speakers will include Purdue research and extension specialists, existing hop growers and brewers in Indiana, and two national speakers with experience developing hop industries on the east coast, and growing and breeding hops in the Pacific Northwest.​

Value Added Local Food and Farms Tour (Henry/Hancock Counties)

Krsity Kikly, Mike and Jessica Hoopengardner
Spieceland, Indiana

In January 2007 they purchased 57.5 acres and are raising goats and llamas. They have constructed a goat milkign facility and produce their own goat milk cheese in a farmstead goat milk processing enterprise. The cheeses are marketed through farmers' markets and a local restaurant. 

Local Foods Lunch 

Chris Baggott
Greenfield, IN

The farm touts a dedication to sustainable farming methods inspired by Joel Salatin and Holistic Management principles. The production is dedicated to environmentally sound practices -- like rotational grazing -- and innovative, highly effective yet simple equipment -- such as mobile poultry cages -- to produce all-natural beef, pork, and chicken. The farm offers online sales as well as home delivery through food clubs. 

Engleking's Country Beef Shop
Wilkinson, IN

The Country Beef Shop sells beef and pork that have been raised on the family farm in Hancock County. The livestock feed is also raised on the farm. 


The conference will be at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on 1900 E. Main Street in Danville.


For more information, visit the Hendricks County Fairgrounds website.


The Baymont Inn and Suites Plainfield/Indy Airport is providng a special conference rate for conference attendees. Make your reservation by February 14, 2015 to receive the special Indiana Small Farm Conference rate of $69 per night for a king or double room. Hotel phone number is (317) 837-9000 and mention "Small Farm Conference."


The conference will host a poster session on March 6th for any ​individual or group who would like to showcase their small farms program. The session is open to anyone conducting any of the following focused on small farms or local foods both in Indiana and beyond: 
  • Research
  • Extension
  • Outreach
  • Education
  • Programming
The poster session will run concurrently with the trade show ensuring your work will have high visibility.
​Click here​ for more information and requirements for the poster session! We have also included example posters and more specific instructions for the program description. 
See an example poster here​

Specific directions for how to make your poster and what type of information should be on the poster can be found here. 

An example of the program description is here

There are serveral opportunities to get your business noticed at the Indiana Small Farm Conference including being a vendor at the trade show, acting as a sponsor, or advertising your business in the bulletin. 

Trade Show Vendors:The 2015 Indiana Small Farm Conference will provide exhibitors with opportunities to connect with the growing community of small farmers and the professionals who serve them. The conference, hosted by Purdue Extension, is March 5-7 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Indiana. All exhibitor spaces are 10 feet x 10 feet.

If you are interested in participating in the trade show then you may Register Here, online, or print out and then mail in this form​. The mailing directions are included in the form. 

Interested in sponsoring the conference? Find the application form here​Please direct all inquiries to Kathleen Sprouse:

Get Noticed! 

Place an ad in the small farms conference book. Fill out this form​ and turn it in by January 1st!!