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The purpose of the University of Tennessee Organic and Sustainable Crop Production Program is to involve more Tennessee farmers in organic production in order to increase farm income and to provide an alternative to keep the family farm in the family. Organic production has the potential to increase profits by reducing the use of off-farm inputs and providing consumers with locally-grown, high-quality organic products in a rapidly growing market where the demand is greater than the supply.

Our mission is to lead, inspire, discover and advance organic and sustainable production locally and globally.

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Upcoming Events:

December 16, 2014, Southern Style Hospitality Seminar, Clarksville, TN. Click here for more information.

December 18, 2014, Southern Style Hospitality Seminar, Memphis, TN. Click here for more information.

January 5-6, 2015, KY Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Lexington, KY. For more information, contact John Strang (jstrang@uky.edu).

January 14-17, 2015, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference, Mobile, AL. Click here for more information.

January 26, 2015, Are You Ready to Start a CSA?: Choosing Your Crops and Varieties, and Scheduling Their Planting in the Greenhouse and the Field, Spring City, TN. Click here for more information.

February 9, 2015, Are You Ready to Start a CSA?: Options for CSA Legal Structure and Analyzing CSA Profitability, Toone, TN. Click here for more information.

February 20-21, 2015, Georgia Organics 18th Annual Congerence, Athens, GA. Click here for more information.

March 16, 2015, Are You Ready to Start a CSA?: Managing Growth of Your CSA, Labor Management, Apprenticeship Programs and Quality of Life, Joelton, TN. Click here for more information.

April 13, 2015, Are You Ready to Start a CSA?: Adding Fruit Crops to Your CSA, Heiskell, TN. Click here for more information.

May 11, 2015, Are You Ready to Start a CSA?: Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm, New Tazewell, TN. Click here for more information.

June 15, 2015, Are You Ready to Start a CSA?: Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy, Grimsley, TN. Click here for more information.

UT Organic Farm Internship Program:

The internship program is 8-months long, January through August, with a 6-credit hour course requirement in the spring. Interns will register for PLSC 275: Organic & Sustainable Crop Production and PLSC 492: Plant Science Internship (inquire for details). In addition, interns get paid to work at the farm market garden at the Organic Crops Unit in the summer, and sell the produce at the weekly UT Harvest Market stand. Interns gain skills in business planning and management, vegetable and small fruit planning and production, and direct marketing. To learn more about the internship duties, click here. To download an application, click here. Email completed applications to jmarti90@utk.edu.

Click here to follow the current interns' experiences on UT Organic Farm Internship Program's blog

 

 


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Program Contacts

Annette Wszelaki
Commercial Vegetable Specialist Associate Professor
Dept. of Plant Sciences
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8332
Fax: (865) 974-1947
Email: annettew@utk.edu

David Butler
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Plant Sciences
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-7165
Fax: (865) 974-1947
Email: dbutler@utk.edu

Organic Agriculture Educational Opportunites at UT

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Undergraduate Degree with Organic Production Concentration

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Graduate Degrees in Organic Production

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For specific questions related to organics in your county, please contact your county extension office. Click here for a directory.

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