James Farmer, Ph.D. is the director and one of two co-founders of the IU Campus Farm. He teaches in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and his research is focused on sustainable behavior and decision-making within the realms of community food systems and natural resources sustainability. James advised the student farm while at Earlham College and ran Marlett Farm CSA in Brown County, Indiana. He currently convenes the Sustainable Food Systems Science project and the Human Dimensions Lab, and is involved in a number of other food and agriculture related committees and groups. James is an avid gardener and tends to a few livestock and three kiddos in Sulphur Spring Hollow, east of campus.
Erin Carman-Sweeney is the Farm Manager and Educator at the IU Campus Farm. Erin was raised on a small organic vegetable farm in Southern Illinois. Erin has a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Resources from Southern Illinois University with a Climate and Water Resources concentration. After graduating college, Erin moved to Hawaii where he developed an after-school garden program for Waiakea Intermediate School, managed the Hilo UrbFarm nursery, and led at-risk youth through Pacific Quest's horticultural therapy program. He is enjoying the opportunity to collaborate with IU students and staff across disciplines to provide opportunities for hands-on research while producing fresh, nutritious, and delicious food.
Adam Diersing is the Sustain IU Campus Farm and Garden Intern and is studying Environmental Management at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Adam has previously worked in nearby state and national forests as well as volunteered in local parks and he is currently applying that same passion for land connection and experiential education in the Farm and Garden Program at IU.
Maggie Gates is studying Environmental and Sustainability Studies at IU with a focus in Food Systems. Maggie has spent the past few years learning as much as she can about gardening and permaculture. She works for Bloomington’s curbside composting service and enjoys spending time at the Bloomington Community Orchard. Maggie is excited to be learning more about farming and to further strengthen the Bloomington community with the Campus Farm.
Clair Byers is studying Environment and Sustainability at IU with a concentration in Food Systems. She grew up just outside of Bloomington, where her curiousity and love for plants and nature started. Clair is excited to be using her past experiences working on a farm and to be learning more about farming as she helps grow a community that cares about food at the IUCF.
Enrique Hernandez was born and raised in Bloomington Indiana and graduated with a B.S. in business at IU. After graduating, he started a small organic market garden, worked with Bread and Roses Nursery, and started selling microgreens to grocery stores and restaurants. He is excited to apply his experiences to the campus farm to assist in developing the local food systems at IU.
Emily is a non-traditional student who has returned to IU after a 16 year academic break. She is a junior working towards a B.A. in Geography while completing an Individual Major Program focusing on women’s role in small-scale agriculture.
Emily has her own farm just outside of Bloomington city limits where she and her partner grow perennial and annual produce and raise chickens for meat and eggs. Along with farming, Emily has an extensive background in Indiana native perennial landscaping, ceramics, and pie baking.
The current success of the IU Campus Farm would not be possible without the help from the many incredible students and community members who shared their time, energy, and expertise on this project before moving on to do more good work in the food system in Bloomington and beyond. Some key members are featured below:
Lea Woodard was a co-founder of the IU Campus Farm alongside James Farmer, while also being the coordinator at Indiana University’s Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. Lea has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Thiel College and an M.S. in Environmental Science from IU's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Lea grew up on a dairy farm in northeastern Ohio and continues the dairy tradition on her own homestead with dairy goats as well as chickens and a vegetable garden.