Farm Hands

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. 

Past Members

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.

Jacob Mills majored in Environment/Sustainability studies at IU with a focus on Food Systems, and additional studies in GIS and Labor Studies. He moved on from the IU Campus Farm after graduation to work at an organic farm in the region. You might see him selling at the  Bloomington Farmers' Market on Saturdays!