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Organic Research Farm/Organic Crops Unit

About the Farm:

  • The Organic Crops Unit (OCU) is one of six farming units that comprise the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.
  • Located at 7315 Government Farm Road, Knoxville, just off John Sevier Highway
  • 90 acre farm with 21 acres in production
  • 14 acres certified organic
  • 7 acres left under conventional management
  • Facilities include 7 high tunnels and a greenhouse

Click here to view the ETREC Organic Crops Unit website.

Click here to take a virtual farm equipment tour.

UT Organic Crops Unit


Projects at the farm focus on:

  • Conservation tillage techniques
  • High-tunnel production
  • Variety trials
  • Evaluating the use cover crops for: optimizing fertility, enhancing beneficial insect populations, reducing soil-borne pathogens, and managing weeds
  • Assessment and encouragement of native bees

High Tunnels
Ag Research