Liz Maynard

Clinical Engagement Assistant Professor of Horticulture
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
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​Beginning Farmer Tour. Saturday, November 7, 2015. 9:00 A.M. – Noon CST. Perkins Good Earth Farm, DeMotte, IN. Breakfast, networking session, lunch, tour. Soil health, cover crops, vegetable and high tunnel production. Sponsored by Purdue Extension and Local Growers Guild. For more information and to register contact the Purdue Extension Education Store at https://www.edustore.purdue.edu/ or 888-EXT-INFO. Southwest Indiana Melon and Vegetable Growers Association Technical Meeting and Variety Trial Showcase. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. 6:00 P.M. dinner, 7:00 P.M. Variety Trial Showcase. SWPAC, 4369 N. Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN. RSVP by November 20 by phone 812-886-0198 or email joynerb@purdue.edu. Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium. Tuesday, January 5, 2016. 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. CST. Teibel’s Restaurant, Schererville, IN. Registration and program available in early December. Contact Liz Maynard, 219-548-3674 or vegcrops@purdue.edu. Indiana Horticultural Congress. January 19-21, 2016. Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN. www.inhortcongress.org. Contact Lori Jolly-Brown, 765-494-1296 or ljollybr@purdue.edu. Midwest Women in[Read More…]


Indiana Hort Congress Flyer

​Arthritis and Agriculture. Thursday, September 24, 2015. 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. EDT. Presenter: Amber D. Wolfe, M.S., from the National AgrAbility project. To participate, register at https://goo.gl/R8Eq1I. You will then receive a confirmation email with the link to participate in the webinar. You will also receive a reminder 24 hours before the webinar begins. Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others. Wednesday, October 7, 2015. 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. EDT. Webinar. To participate go to this URL on Oct. 7: https://purdue.webex.com/join/rballard. This program will provide a basic introduction to some of the current grants, applicant eligibility, and how to apply for funding. Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator, ANR, Hancock County/ Indiana SARE Coordinator will offer basic information about the available grants, insight on SARE priorities. Kris Parker, Purdue Community Development Regional Educator, will offer a few tips for grant writing success in 2016 and beyond. Questions? Contact Roy at[Read More…]


Photo of Dr. Amanda Deering

​Amanda Deering started her Extension/Research appointment July 1, 2015 in a new role as a Clinical Assistant Professor in fresh produce food safety. Amanda grew up on a farm in a small farming community located in the “thumb” of Michigan and joined the Food Science department in the fall of 2013 as a Research Assistant Professor. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in plant biology from Central Michigan University. She completed her Ph.D. at Purdue University in food microbiology and food safety specializing in fresh produce food safety. Her research focuses on examining internalization of human pathogenic bacteria in plants, as well as routes of contamination that can contribute to plants harboring pathogenic bacteria. Amanda works closely with industry to develop and test novel sanitization treatments that can be used for fresh produce. She also has been involved in research and Extension activities related to preventing foodborne illness associated[Read More…]


Solid green stems on fully mature pumpkins make a quality jack-o-lantern. (Photo by Liz Maynard)

​Pumpkin season is here. Keeping up with best management practices through harvest and storage will help the year wrap up on a good note. The steps below are a reminder of actions that can make a difference. Handle fruit as little as possible. Harvest fully orange and healthy pumpkins. Half-orange pumpkins may turn orange but quality and storage life will be reduced. Use a sharp knife or loppers to cut pumpkins from the vine. Leave stems long enough for an attractive product. Carry the pumpkin like a ball, not by the stem, or ‘handle.’ Brush off soil that sticks to the pumpkin. If pumpkins are washed, include a labeled sanitizer in the wash water and dry pumpkins before storage. Place pumpkins carefully in crates, bins, or trucks, so that the stem of one pumpkin doesn’t damage the rind of another. Watch for and avoid (or pad) sharp edges that could[Read More…]


​Do you have an idea that might help your farm stay in business for the long run? Be a better place to work or contribute more to the community? Conserve or improve natural resources like soil and water? Reduce use of fossil fuels? The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NCR SARE) of the USDA wants to fund ideas like these and others to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, socially, and environmentally. The 2016 Farmer Rancher Grant Program of NCR SARE offers grants for farmer-initiated projects of up to $7,500 for individuals, $15,000 for partners, and $22,500 for groups. Grant applications are due in the NCR SARE office on Thursday, December 3, 2015. To learn more about the grants and download a grant application, visit http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant. To receive a hard copy of the application NCR-SARE, at 612-626-3113. NCR SARE also offers Partnership Grants to fund on-farm[Read More…]


Kale varieties growing in test plot.

​If you grow kale you may be interested in the ‘You Heart Kale’ effort promoted by Indiana’s Farm to School program for this year’s Food Day. The “Kale Toolkit”  provided by the Indiana Dept. of Education encourages schools to buy kale from local farmers, plant kale in the school garden, let students taste-test kale recipes, and serve kale in the school cafeteria to celebrate Food Day. Food Day is October 24, but schools can pick any day in October to have their official celebration. The toolkit also includes kale recipes that might be of interest to direct marketers. Learn more about Farm to School in Indiana at www.doe.in.gov/nutrition/farm-school.



​Beginning Farmer Tours. Free farm tours and networking events sponsored by Purdue Extension and Local Growers Guild. For more information and to register contact the Purdue Extension Education Store at www.edustore.purdue.edu or 888-EXT-INFO. September 8: Growing Places Indy, Indianapolis, IN. Lunch, networking session, tour. Urban produce farm with raised beds, u-pick, and greenhouses. September 14: Morning Harvest, Palmyra and Hardinsburg, IN. Breakfast, networking session, lunch and tour. Developing local markets for produce, including marketing to institutions such as hospitals and schools, hydroponic lettuce, herbs, strawberries, and more. October 11: Simpson Family Farm, Martinville, IN. Lunch, networking session, tour. Grassfed beef, pastured pork, and poultry. November 7: Perkins Good Earth Farm, DeMotte, IN. Breakfast, networking session, lunch, tour. Soil health, cover crops, vegetable and high tunnel production. Arthritis and Agriculture. Thursday, September 24, 2015. 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. EDT. Presenter: Amber D. Wolfe, M.S., from the National AgrAbility project. To[Read More…]


Red: primary. Gold: continguous. Source: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/Disaster-Assist/Disaster/ALL_CROP_CY2015.pdf

​ On August 12, 2015, USDA designated 88 counties in Indiana as natural disaster areas due to heavy rainfall since May. The four counties not designated disaster areas are LaGrange, Perry, Spencer and Steuben. Farm operators in the ‘disaster’ counties are eligible for low interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency, provided they meet certain qualifications and eligibility requirements. Farmers have eight months, or until April 12, 2016, to apply for the loans. Contact your local USDA Service Center  for more information about loans and to learn about additional programs available to help recover from disaster, or visit http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov. ​ Source: USDA Office of Communications http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/11421cf​​


​​Code Red Webinar. Thursday, August 27, 2015. 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. EDT. The Code Red tool developed by the Purdue Women in Agriculture Team is a must have for every family, business, and farm operation. The tool includes important information such as passwords, bank account information, rental agreements, insurance papers, power of attorney documents, and much more, in one easy location. After completing the Code Red plan, it will become the “go to” tool if something happens to a key member of the management team. We hope this tool will help farm families turn a code red situation into a code green so the business can continue to operate on a daily basis. To participate, register at https://goo.gl/f3gLFM. You will then receive a confirmation email with the link to participate in the webinar August 27. You will also receive a reminder 24 hours before the webinar begins. Illinois Pumpkin Day.[Read More…]