James Farmer, Ph.D. is one of two co-directors for the IU Campus Farm. He teaches in the Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies (School of Public Health) and his research is focused on sustainable behavior and decision making within the realms of community food systems and natural resources sustainbility (https://humandimensionslab.indiana.edu/). James advised the student farm while at Earlham College, ran Marlett Farm CSA, is the co-convener of the Food Working Group at IUB, and has sat on various food/ag related committees and boards. James is an avid gardener, raises a small sheep herd and chicken flock, and three kiddos in Sulphur Spring Hollow- east of campus.
Lea Woodard is a co-director of the IU Campus Farm, 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 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, but with dairy goats, along with raising alpacas, chickens and a vegetable garden.
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 and has a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Resources from Southern Illinois University with a Climate and Water Resources concentration. After graduating, 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 excited about 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.
Kerry Ryffel is the campus farm intern through the IU Office of Sustainability. She is a senior in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program, concentrating in food systems. Her interests lie in community gardening, food access, and the intersection of social justice and farming. She is excited to be working with the campus farm this year to provide opportunities for student engagement and experiential learning.
Rachel Beyer is a consultant to the IU Campus Farm and teaches the course SPH O-343, Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture. She got her start as a vegetable grower at the Michigan State University Student Farm in 2009 and has since managed a variety of educational, ecologically based vegetable farms around the Midwest, including Stranger’s Hill Organics, Tilian Farm Development Center, DeLano Farms at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the Purdue University Student Farm. Rachel is originally from Bloomington and moved back home in 2016 to start her own small farm on family land in rural Monroe County. When she is not busy in the field, she and her husband enjoy dancing in the kitchen, eating good food, and going for walks in the woods with their two pups, Rooster and Taloola.