Farming Fundamentals

Farming Fundamentals is an educational program designed to provide a foundation of science-based education to new and beginning farmers. Classes involve hands-on as well as virtual sessions to meet a variety of learning styles and schedules. More information can be found in the FAQ section. The program is $100 and the next program begins February 6, 2023. Classes begin at 5:30 pm.


2023 Class Schedule

*Topics and locations subject to change*

  • February 2023
    • 6 | Welcome to Farming Fundamentals | Ag Park & Zoom
    • 13 | *Understanding Financial Statements* | Zoom
    • 20 | *Tax Basics* | Zoom
    • 27 | *Basic Business* | Zoom
  • March 2023
    • 6 | Preserving the Harvest | Ag Park
    • 20 | A Sweet Harvest: Fruits | On-Farm
    • 27 | The Heart of All: Soils | The Giving Garden
  • April 2023
    • 3 | Intro to Small Ruminants | On-Farm
    • 10 | Backyard Poultry | On-Farm
    • 24 | Growing Cut Flowers | On-Farm
  • May 2023
    • 1 | Beginning the Garden: Vegetables | On-Farm
    • 8 | Welcome to the Hive: Bees | On-Farm

* (Required) classes are for those participating in the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program.


Q: What is Farming Fundamentals?
A: Farming Fundamentals is an educational program designed to provide a foundation of science-based and practical information for new and beginning farmers.

Q: Is Farming Fundamentals Required?
A: If you are applying for Tennessee Ag Enhancement for the first time under the Beginning Farming option, then it is required. If you have previously taken and are looking to apply again, then it is not required. If not applying, it is purely for the educational experience.

Q: What can I receive with a Farming Fundamentals certification?
A: Most importantly, education and hands-on experience in a variety of topic areas. Additionally, completing this program qualifies you for Tennessee Ag Enhancement which is a state of Tennessee cost share program.

Q: What are the topics covered?
A: Topics will cover: Farm Business Management, Government Resources, Poultry Production, Beef & Small Ruminant Management, Fruit and Vegetable Production, and much more!

Q: Do I have to own a certain number of acres to participate?
A: No, the program is designed for anyone interested in learning basic farming practices, regardless of land ownership.

Q: How long is the Farming Fundamentals Program?
A: The program is 12 weeks long. If a person is taking the class for TAEP qualification, they must attend the required classes and 5 additional of their choice. Selection and attendance is entirely up to the participant.

Q: What is the format of the program?
A: The program is designed to meet the needs and schedule demands of all participants. The program is a combination of hands-on, on-farm, classroom, and virtual Zoom presentations.

Q: What time does the class start and how long is it?
A: Classes typically start at 5:30 pm and run 1.5 hours.

Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: The cost for the program is $100.

Q: How often do I need to take the program to maintain TN Ag Enhancement certification?
A: Completion of the program allows you to apply for TAEP for a maximum of two years.

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