Next FarmColorWe are excited to invite you to register for NextFarm®, a business development program focused on agricultural innovation.

The NextFarm® Learning Days is a series of entrepreneur workshops involving a cohort-based process that leverages the advantages of learning in a group setting. The program is geared to any company needing to expand the customer testing phase of business development, not just those who are ag related.


Strengthen your skills and grow your agricultural business by attending these upcoming workshops in collaboration with the LFN, Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, Center for Profitable Agriculture UT Extension Institute of Agriculture, TN State University Cooperative Extension and the TN Department of Agriculture.

12/6/17 - Produce Safety Workshop Series, Post Harvest Water best practices, 11am – 2pm, NWTDD, 124 Weldon Drive, Martin, TN 38237

Water is used after harvest for many applications such as washing, cooling, icing and packing. Making sure that water is managed properly is very important as foodborne illness pathogens can easily be spread by water. In this workshop, we will talk about the quality of water needed for postharvest use and management strategies to reduce the risk of transferring pathogens from one piece of produce to another. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and test your skills measuring sanitizer concentration using the most common methods. Participants will leave with practical knowledge they can immediately apply to their operations.

Cost: Free, includes lunch
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12/12/17 - Record Keeping Workshop Series, Quickbooks, 9am – 2pm, Agricultural & Natural Resources Teaching Complex, UTM

Hal Pepper, from the Center for Profitable Agriculture out of Knoxville, TN, will present a six-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep financial records for an “example farm.” Participants will use Quick Books 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. This workshop fulfills 1 TAEP educational requirement in ONLY the following Producer Diversification sectors: Agritourism, Fruits & Vegetables.

Cost: $20/person, includes lunch
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1/31/18 – Farmers Market Boot Camp, NWTDD, 124 Weldon Drive, Martin, TN 38237

Educational training opportunity for farmers market vendors. REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON!

 Watch a short video about the NextFarm Workshop series