The work happening at Purdue University reaches beyond the borders of the state and the country. Few know this better than Tamara Benjamin, who worked for years in Costa Rica as a branch of Purdue Extension. Benjamin’s fostered relations between Purdue and students, faculty, researchers and agriculturalists in Latin America. Her work spans a number of different areas, from agroforestry planning to agroecosystem diversification. Much of her research focuses on innovations to improve the efficiency and productivity of farmers and farms.
Benjamin now works as assistant program leader of Purdue’s Diversified Farming and Food Systems, an extension program focused on enhancing urban farming techniques and community wellness through collaborative and research-driven initiatives. Through this program, Benjamin has worked closely with Hoosier farmers and on pressing issues like food insecurity and organic food production. Benjamin is helping farmers find innovative solutions to their problems, ensuring they have access to the latest resources and technologies and are always moving forward.