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2014 Small Farms Conference Sessions

Marketing/Processing Track

Home Based Vending

, Katie Clayton, Purdue University

Meat Marketing

, CSA, Josh Egenoff, WE Farm

On Farm Poultry Processing

, Michael O’Donnell, Jolena Waddell, Purdue Extension/University

On Farm Processing and Packing 101

, Liz Maynard, Purdue University, Jim Baughman, Freedom Valley Farm

Setting Your Price Points

, Dianna Prichard


 , Perry Kirkham, Wea Creek Orchards

Using Social Media and email to market and is it working

, Chris Baggott, Tyner Pond Farm

Producer Panel – How they market

, Kevin Cooley, Cooley Family Farm; Chuck Mohler, Sweet Corn Charlie's; Russell Beiersdorfer, Quarter Amish Farm

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Livestock Production

Processing of Livestock

Jolena Waddell, Purdue University Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Meat specialist will cover some of the basic information about animal processing in Indiana including state regulations.

Two Approaches to Livestock Processing

Kent Sanders of Sanders Processing is a custom operation that caters to their clients needs and Adam Moody of Moody’s Butcher Shop utilizes various suppliers to sell specialty raised animals.

Livestock and Poison Plants

Mark Kepler, a 28 year Purdue Extension Educator in Fulton County, will call on his professional and personal experiences as a producer of goat, beef and other livestock to talk about those plants that can have a profound impact on livestock production.

Raising Poultry on Pasture for Profit

Josh Egenolf of WE Farm will discuss the poultry side of his operation with special emphasis on the “How to make a profit” part of the business.

Introductory Swine Nutrition

Brian Richert, Purdue Extension Swine Specialist will talk about the nutritional needs of swine and methods of meeting those requirements.

Marketing Hogs

, Diana Prichard


Using Goats to Control Woodland Invasive Plants

Ron Rathfon, Purdue Extension Forester has been conducting research trials utilizing goats to control invasive species in our woodlands.  It is good for the goat and the woods. And Pasturing Goats with Patty Larr of Hoosier Hills Kiko Goats. She will discuss her pasture and hayland management as well as conservation practices and more.

Diversified Livestock Production panel

A group of three producers will briefly cover their operation and then open it up to questions. Panelist are Luke Rhoades, multifaceted farm; Larry Howard, Maple Valley farm,  producer of chicken, lamb, turkey, rabbit and beef and Chris Baggott, Tyner Pond farm, raiser of cattle, chickens and pigs.

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Crop Production

A Discussion on Grain Production and Diversity on the Sustainable Farm

Dave Bishop, PrairiErth Farm – We produce corn, soybeans, wheat, and oats here at PrairiErth Farm and focus on value adding - milling the grains into feed for livestock, or roasting the soybeans, or producing sprouts with the wheat or oats to provide "greens" for our laying hens in the winter - or milling small batches of flour for human consumption at the farm, etc.  We focus on diversity as a primary element in "value adding" and consider that essential to the success of any sustainable farm operation. 

Beginning Beekeeping

Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension, Representatives from the Indiana Beekeeping Association and the Indiana State Beekeeping Association – Roy Ballard will cover beekeeping basics for growers interested in adding bees to their operation. Both beekeeping associations will be addressing networking and resources available for beekeepers in Indiana.

Fruit Grafting Instruction and Demonstration

Jerry Lehman, The Indiana Nut & Fruit Growers Association (INFGA) - Presentation on grafting theory, techniques tools and supplies followed by hands-on grafting with plants that are ready to go!

Succession Planting: The Art of Planting and Harvesting Crops Throughout the Season

, Rachel Beyer, Purdue Student Farm Manager

Presentation and logistical techniques to assist the CSA, Market or wholesale grower on producing consistent, high-quality vegetable crops for the fresh market.

Best Practices for Seed Saving

, Lori Hoagland, Purdue University

Presentation from her plant propagation course taught at Purdue University with a seed swap following.

High Tunnels: Small Group Learning and Discussion

, Matthew Chandler, Chandler’s Farm; Rachel Beyer, Roberto Lopez, Rick Foster, Liz Maynard, Purdue University
This round-table discussion/learning session will be led by farmers and Purdue specialists on four major topics: flowers, vegetables, fruit and pests. Attendees will be able to choose their specific topic for the learning session.


Urban Permaculture

, Kay Grimm and Sue Spicer, Basic Roots Community Foods

Presentation by permaculture fruit farmers located two miles east of the circle in downtown Indy. They specialize in heirloom varieties and offer direct market sales through u-pick, Indy Winter Farmers’ Market and through their home delivery system.

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Beginning Farmer/Farm Management Track

Farm Business Planning and Startup

 - John Hendrickson, Fresh Market Vegetables and Food Systems Outreach Specialist & Wisconsin School for Beginning Farmers Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison -- Getting started: Scale, business plans, finding land and capital.

Farm recordkeeping and accounting

 - Alan Miller, Farm Business Management Specialist, Purdue University Agricultural Economics; John Hendrickson, Fresh Market Vegetables and Food Systems Outreach Specialist & Wisconsin School for Beginning Farmers Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison -- Record keeping, budgets, setting prices and management issues for beginning (and experienced) farmers.

What I wish I had known when I started: Farmer panel discussion

 - Mike Hoopengardener, Redbud Farm; Jeff Evard, Herr Station Malt LLC and One Sky Agriculture Services; Nate Parks, Silverthorn Farm; Amy Mattehws, South Circle Farm; Patrick Lillard, Purdue University (moderator) -- Are you a beginning farmer or considering a new farm venture but haven’t quite gotten things started? Do you feel like there is just so much to know and wonder how experienced farmers ever acquired all the skills and knowledge needed to operate a successful small farm? This moderated panel discussion will give you the opportunity to hear from experienced small farmers who were once beginning farmers. They will share some of their mistakes and challenges early in their farming careers and resources or skills they wish they had acquired before they started farming.

Ask the mechanic: A primer on small engine maintenance

 - Rob Miranda, Ag Equipment, Claton, IN -- An expert farm equipment mechanic will provide participants a primer on maintaining small engines, including do’s and don’ts of small engine maintenance.  A question and answer session will follow, so bring your questions!

Open Source Ecology: What it means for small farmers

 - Christopher Reinhart, Architectural Lead and Construction Manager, Open Source Ecology -- Open Source Ecology is creating a life-size lego kit of mechanical and architectural products that open the doors to new economic models based once again on the small-scale producer. Our research and development is based on open collaboration with people around the world, and the blueprints for all of the products we prototype are available to anyone on the internet, along with step-by-step instructions. With our MicroHouse project, we are reinventing barn-raising for the 21st century by bringing together concepts of DIY, modularity, parallel processing, and prefabrication combined with large groups of volunteer workers or workshop attendees. With this process, and our open source machines like the LifeTrac 6 and the compressed earth brick press, we can rapidly assemble beautiful, durable, and sustainable dwellings.

Farm system design: Case studies from Indiana farms

 - Tamara Benjamin, Purdue University; Adam Moody, Moody Meats; Linda Chapman, Harvest Moon Flower Farm; Kevin Cooley, Cooley Family Farm -- Farm System Design takes into account the social, economic, and biophysical factors that influence the sustainability of a farm or ranch. By looking at all of the assets on a farm and ensuring that each of the three pillars of sustainability are met, a farmer or rancher has the ability to meet his/her needs without damaging the surrounding environment and local community. We will explore how to better design a farm or ranch based on these factors and how they interact. By using case studies and discussion from three local farmers, we can better understand how they designed their successful and sustainable farms and ranches.

Pesticide drift panel discussion

 - Cissy Bowman, Center Valley Organics; Jeff Evard, Herr Station Malt LLC and One Sky Agriculture Services; Mike Hoopengardner, Redbud Farm and Caprini Creamery; Reid Sprenkel, FieldWatch, Inc.; Representative from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist -- Pesticide drift is a reality in Indiana agriculture.  Small farm operations can face devastating losses from a single drift incident.  However, small farmers can take proactive measures to minimize the risk of pesticide drift onto their farmland.  This moderated panel discussion will equip participants with best practices to implement on their farms and how to deal with pesticide drift should it occur. 

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