On Thursday, June 15th from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at UTM Hal Pepper, along with David Bilderback and Adam Hopkins from UT Extension, will present a six-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep financial records for an “example farm.” Participants will use Quicken recordkeeping software to learn about setting up categories and tags, writing checks, recording deposits and creating reports. The workshop is designed for producers who sell fresh and processed farm products at direct marketing outlets such as farmers markets, on-farm stands, pick-your-own and agritourism operations.

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Register HERE for our upcoming Dyer County Code Camp starting daily on Tuesday, June 13 through Friday, June 16, 2017 from 1PM - 5PM for rising 6th - 9th graders at 215 South Mill Ave at The Mill Workspace. This 4-Day Code Camp teaches the basics of programming utilizing Scratch. We will be working with Raspberry Pi computers to learn how to make them do things in the real world. $100 Registration fee includes 4-day instructional code camp, t-shirts, and snacks.

Dyersburg Code Academy June 2017

UTM Students Visually Inspire Area Farmers

“What is in a logo? How do you design one for your farm?” These were questions University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Professor of Art in the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts, Lane Last, asked participants at the NextFarm® Workshop Series in early March 2017. NextFarm® is a business development program focused on agriculture innovation and development created by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC).

“Connecting rural to urban, farmer to consumer, and fresh ingredients to our diets - the farmer, both large and small, is our economic and community centerpiece. When food is produced, processed, distributed and sold all within the same region, more money stays in the local economy. This leads to economic development and job creation,” stated Samantha Goyret, Program Administrator at NTEC and Local Food Network Coordinator.

Participants in the NextFarm® Workshops learned new ways to turn their food production and/or farm expansion ideas into successful businesses. Participation in the Farm-to-Consumer Market workshop on March 7th included a free business logo designed by Lane Last’s UTM Interactive Multimedia students.

Mrs. Goyret further added, “Being able to quickly and directly market to the consumer gives farmers important income opportunities. Providing the farm with a professional sign and logo gives a visual expression to the products and connection that farms have within our communities.”
The following farms and agri-businesses received new signs printed by Jowers Sign Company with their newly design logos: Dixie Chili Ranch out of Kenton, Brundige Farms & Sunnyside Farms out of Martin, Hidden Hill Farm CSA out of Dresden, Plunk Farms out of Sharon, and Natalie’s Kitchen out of Paris.

Farmers were teamed with UTM Interactive Multimedia students Angela Chesteen, Tanya Chopra, Joey DeSantis, Kyndal Hayes, Brad Lyell, and Michael Mattingly. Professor Last commented that “This project has provided some logo design service to area farmers and was a fantastic opportunity to put student creativity to work for the local community. Hopefully it also gave the students the chance to consider where their food comes from and how they can make alternate choices for buying local from these new partners.”

The 2017 NextFarm® workshop series was made possible through funding from the Delta Regional Authority Rural Business Opportunity Grant which supports NWTN Local Food Network activities through the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC). Visit to stay connected.

NTEC, a 501(c)(3) organization in Martin, Tennessee, host programs designed to focus on innovation, commercialization, investment, technology, and entrepreneurship in Northwest Tennessee.

NextFarm Logos with UTM Students compressed

Front Row (left to right): Kyndal Hayes – UTM Student; Darlene Drummond – Sunnyside Farm; Richard Gallagher – Hidden Hill Farm; Natalie Wade – Natalie’s Kitchen; Elisabeth Dowland – UTM Student

Second Row (left to right): Michael Mattingly – UTM Student; Brad Lyell – UTM Student
Lane Last – Professor; Joey DeSantis – UTM Student; Tanya Chopra - UTM Student

Back Row (left to right): Terri Brundige – Brundige Farms; Jason Plunk – Plunk Farms


Over the past year, the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) started the Local Food Network spearheading the first edition of the Weakley County Local Food Guide with 2,500 copies distributed throughout the area. The guide educates consumers on the benefits of fresh, affordable, and locally grown foods while showcasing area farmers markets, farmers and agri-businesses by product, and locally owned plant vendors in order to support those on a journey to reconnect with their food.

NTEC would like to expand the guide to include agri-businesses from Weakley, Carroll, Henry and Obion Counties. The goal is to make this a regional document for our 9-county region in Northwestern TN.

The NWTN Local Food Guide will highlight area farmers markets, family farms, CSA’s, u-pick farms, agri-tourism, animal goods, artisan foods, beekeepers, locally owned plant vendors and resources.

If you are interested in including your farm, agri-business or organization’s information in this freely published, widely distributed document, please provide the following information to Samantha Goyret, Program Administrator at NTEC, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone 731.587.4213 ext 275: