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.
Mary Leier is a Master’s student at the O'Neill School concentrating in Nonprofit Management. Mary is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the IU Campus Farm through the Service Corps program. Before entering her studies at IU she was an Agricultural Extension Agent in Peace Corps Cameroon. Mary developed an interest in agriculture after working with an organic farm through WWOOF back in 2012. She is excited to work with the campus farm and collaborate with professors, staff and students to encourage engagement with the farm.
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.
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.
Sophia Georgiades is studying Environmental Science at IU, and is particularly interested in agriculture and food systems. She loves working outside and believes that there is enormous value in regenerative, sustainable organic farming practices. Sophia has a background in gardening, having previously worked at a garden center nursery. Besides her interest in farming and permaculture, Sophia has an ever-growing collection of houseplants, loves to cook, do ceramics, and daydream about her future sustainable small farm. She is passionate about providing the local community with fresh produce and setting a precedent of environmental consciousness at IU.
Sam Curry is a Master's student at the O'Neill School studying Environmental Science and Public Affairs. He works at the Campus Farm because he is interested in better understanding the impact of climate change on agriculture and enjoys working outside.
Philip Woelmer is a first year Master's student at O’Neill concentrating in Non-Profit-Managment. Philip has had a home garden for about the last 5 years, and in undergrad he took a Geography of Food class in the IU Geography Department. There, he learned a lot about sustainable food practices, and it really made him want to change his own food practices to be more sustainable. He wanted to get a hands on experience working at a sustainable farm, and he's now been working at the farm since July and has loved the experience thus far.
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:
Clair Byers studied 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 enjoyed using her past experiences working on a farm to help grow a community that cares about food at the IUCF.
Adam Diersing was the Sustain IU Campus Farm and Garden Intern and studied Environmental Management at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Adam had previously worked in nearby state and national forests as well as volunteered in local parks and he applied that same passion for land connection and experiential education in the Farm and Garden Program at IU.
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.