Congratulations to Chris Rhinehart and Scarlett Mulligan of Montgomery County, owners of RiverView Mounds Farm www.riverviewmoundsfarm.com who are the winners of the 2010 Tennessee Small Farmer of the Year in the Alternative Enterprises for the estimated gross farm income of less than $50,000 category and the 2010 Tennessee Small Farmer of the Year award. It has been a great honor to work with Chris and Scarlett during the past few years and they are very well deserving of this award!They will be recognized at the 2010 Tennessee Small Farm EXPO and Small Farmer Recognition Program on July 15th, 2010. Note that this will be held at the Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center located at 472 Cadillac Lane McMinnville, TN rather than at the farm in Cheatham county. See the announcement below for more information.
TSU will be offering transportation leaving at 7:30am in the front of the Ag building (3500 John Merritt Drive, Nashville) on July 15th but you must register!
Fitzroy Bullock, Ph.D.
Professor of Small Farms and IPM
School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Small Farm EXPO Information:
2010 Tennessee Small Farm EXPO and Small Farmer Recognition Program
Tennessee State University will move its Sixth Annual Small Farm Expo to the Tennessee State University, Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center located at 472 Cadillac Lane McMinnville, TN 37110, because of the flood damage incurred at its Agricultural Research and Education Center.
Sponsored by the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, the event will take place on July 15th beginning at 8:00am and culminate with the Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition Program which begins at 12:00noon.
“In spite of the flood damage and the related problems we are dealing with, we wanted to continue with this important program,” said Chandra Reddy, Ph.D., TSU Dean and Director of Research and Administrator of Extension for the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences. “We will also have many state and federal agencies, dealing with the flood damage on hand to discuss the disaster assistance programs.”
This year’s expo will include educational sessions on organic crop production, plant diseases and insects, new forages, marketing small farm products, new hydrangeas, grafting and budding, grants and other funding for small farm operations, exhibits by various agricultural agencies and laboratory tours. A special after-lunch session will highlight correct storage of pesticides and a demonstration of the new greenhouse plastic recycling program at the Nursery Research Center.
Awards will be presented at the recognition program in three categories based on two farm income brackets. Two awards for Best Management Practices, Innovative Marketing, and Alternative Enterprises will be given along with a statewide Overall Small Farmer of the Year Award. The winners will be announced during the awards luncheon at 12:00noon. The event is free and open to the public however, registration is required.
To have an educational display booth for your organization at the Small Farm Expo, please contact Chris Robbins, Extension Associate for Farm Operations at 615-792-5744 or . The event is sponsored by Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
The Deadline Date for Registration
Monday, July 5th. To register, please contact Bridgette Collins at 615-963-5705 or e-mail . For more information about the 2010 Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition Program, please call 615-963-1561 or visit www.tnstate.edu/agfacs .
Karla Kean, Extension Agent-Horticulture
UT-TSU Extension/Montgomery County
Horticulturist-I.S.A Certified Arborist
1030 Cumberland Heights Rd. STE-A
Clarksville, TN 37040
Office: 931-648-5725, ext 31