Old-Fashioned Cotton Pickin’ Day

Lincoln County Cotton

Clarifying how agriculture works is one of the goals of an event held each fall at the Ogle farm when they host the Old-Fashioned Cotton Picking Day.

Meet Produce Farmer Cindy Delvin

Cindy Delvin

Organic vegetable farmer Cindy Delvin educates CSA members and farmers market shoppers.

Meet Cattle Farmer Jeff Aiken

Jeff Aiken

Washington County cattle farmer Jeff Aiken shares his farm story.

Meet Row Crop Farmer David Richesin

David Richesin

Q&A with fourth-generation row crop farmer, David Richesin.

Meet Nursery Farmer Dan Hancock

Nursery Farmer Dan Hancock

Q&A with a nursery farming couple, raising plants in Smithville, Tennessee.

Meet Third-Generation Farmer Jane May

Farmer Jane May

Q&A with a third-generation farmer who advocates for agriculture.

Meet Fourth-Generation Farmer Mark Klepper

Mark Klepper

Meet fourth-generation Tennessee farmer Mark Klepper, who grows corn and soybeans, and raises cattle and broilers on his Baileyton farm.

Meet Livestock Farmer Lou Nave

Livestock Farmer Lou Nave

Q&A with a livestock farmer who serves as executive director of the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee.

Capitol Grille Chef-Turned-Farmer Grows His Ingredients

Chef Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille

Chef Tyler Brown of the Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville raises much of the fresh food served at the acclaimed restaurant.

Holt Family Raises Pigs, Pines and Pumpkins

The Holt Family of Dresden, TN

For Andy and Ellie Holt, thinking outside of the box is the name of the game. This diversified farm family raises pigs, pines and pumpkins on their West Tennessee farm.

Meet Sheep Farmer Reyes Rich

Sheep Farmer Reyes Rich of Moss, Tennessee

When it comes to sheep, Reyes Rich isn’t your typical Bo Peep. He and his family run the sixth generation of Ginny Ridge Farms, which includes beef cattle, broiler chickens, goats and sheep. He raises more than 100 Suffolk, Hampshire and crossbred hair sheep ewes (female sheep).

Whitney Tilley: Former City Girl Embraces Farm Life

Whitney Tilley

A city-girl-turned-farm-wife, 35-year-old Whitney Tilley has a fresh perspective on what it means to be a farmer.

Weathering the Storm: Farmers Face Floods, Other Challenges

A grain mill that was destroyed by the current of recent floodwaters.

For farmers, weather is critical in determining if a farm operation involving row crops has a successful year – or is a complete loss.

Meet Ben Moore

Ben Moore poses for a portrait with his 5 yr. old son Miller. Ben farms 3,500 acres in Weakley County, Tennesee.

Farming is more than a 9-to-5 job. For farmers, it’s a 24-hour-a-day dedication to their land, their animals and the people who depend on thems. For the Moore family, it’s also a privilege they don’t take for granted.

Barr Family Diversifies Farm With Custom Crops, Social Media

Jerry Barr

East Tennessee farmers discuss how they remain relevant by diversifying from cattle to mini hay bales and switchgrass, in addition to reaching out into social media.

Q&A With Fifth-Generation Farmer John Butler

Tennessee farmer John Butler

John Butler, his wife, Dana, and their three children live and work on a fifth-generation family farm in Dyer and Obion counties, where they raise cattle, corn, soybeans and wheat.

Meet Eric Mayberry

Eric Mayberry

Humphreys County cattle farmer discusses how he cares for his animals, the struggles he faces with weather and finances, and why he became a farmer.

Tennessee Century Farm Families Are Deep-Rooted in Agriculture

Red Barn at Bacon Century Farm in Jonesborough, TN

Tennessee Century Farms have flourished on the same land for many generations.

Noble Springs Dairy: Goat Cheese Farm

Noble Springs Dairy Goat Farmers Dustin and Justyne Noble, Franklin, TN

Young farmers Dustin and Justyne Noble run Noble Spring Diary in Franklin. Their goat cheeses, or chevre, can be found at farmers markets, stores and restaurants in the Nashville area.

Q&A: Hilda Ashe, Hay Farmer and Farm Bureau County President

Hilda Ashe

Women have always been mainstays on farms across the country, right there next to the men, in addition to all their other chores on the farm. McNairy County farmer Hilda Ashe is no different.

Q&A: Shawn Duren, Young Farmer-Turned-Banker

Farmer Shawn Duren

Tennessee banker Shawn Duren gets back to his farm roots.

Q&A: John Mitchell, Farmers Market Success Story

John and Lorie Mitchell, cows, dairy farm, Grainger County, TN

Sixth-generation East Tennessee dairy farmer

Tennessee Students Enjoy a Day on the Farm

Tennessee Farm Day in Cookeville, TN

Each year, thousands of elementary school students across Tennessee are given the opportunity to learn a little more about agriculture.

Q&A: Catherine Via, No-Till Farming Pioneer

Catherine Via, farming

Meet a fourth-generation West Tennessee farmer who practices no-till farming on her 1,300-acre cotton, soybean, grain and hay farm with a cow/calf operation.

Farm Thankfulness


Eagleville, TN farmer Julie Vaughn remembers when her family almost lost their farm.

Q&A: Margie Hunter, Food Safety Expert

David and Margie Hunter, farm, Sparta, TN

White County farmers emphasize the importance of animal care and food safety.

Q&A: Brandon Whitt, Young Farmer With ‘Some Pig’

Brandon Whitt, pigs, farming

Rutherford County hog farmer Brandon Whitt owns the pig who modeled for the cover of a “Charlotte’s Web” book.

Forever Farmland: Land Trust Saves Farms From Development


Even the teenagers agree that no amount of money is worth selling their family’s 1829 farm in McKenzie. That’s why they are working with the Land Trust for Tennessee.