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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:

SAVE THE DATE!! April 2016 Organic Crops Field Tour. More info later....

Updated Organic - What "Organic" means in 2015, A five webinar series offered by the American Society of Agronomy. To register, click here and scroll down to "Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series."

  • July 7 - Definitions and Regulatory Requirements
  • Aug 4 - Nutrient Sources
  • Sept 1 - Pest Control
  • Oct 6 - Yields
  • Nov 3 - Seeds and Sources

February 11-13, 2016. The Pick TN Conference. Knoxville, TN. More info coming soon....

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

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

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

Organic Agriculture Educational Opportunites at UT


Undergraduate Degree with Organic Production Concentration


Graduate Degrees in Organic Production

Find Your Local Expert

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

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