Save the Date. Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, the College will be hosting the Small Farm Expo online.

The 2021 Tennessee Small Farmer Expo will take place on September 2, 2021. The college has decided to move the Small Farm Expo to a virtual format this year. The format will include a 15-minute presentation from extension educators with 5 minutes for questions.

2021 Virtual Small Farm Expo, Tennessee State University, September 2, 2021, 8AM – 4PM (Central time)

 8 – 9 AM Opening comments – Moderator Dr. Jason de Koff

Dr. Chandra Reddy

Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover

Dr. Frances Williams

Dr. Latif Lighari

Dr. Charlie Hatcher

Mr. Jeff Aiken

9:00 – 9:20 “Drones in agriculture” Dr. Jason de Koff

9:20 – 9:40 “Soil Management: Cover crops in Home Gardens and Landscapes” Ms. Karla Gargus-Kean

9:40 – 10:00 “New (Old) Crops for Tennessee Row Crop Agriculture” Dr. Matthew Blair

10:00 – 10:20 “Growing International and Niche Vegetables” Dr. Arvazena Clardy

10:20 – 10:40 “The Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Mental Health” Ms. Rita Fleming

10:40 – 11:00 “Feeding management to enhance efficiency of production of poultry flocks” Dr. Samuel Nahashon

11:00 – 11:20 “Best Management Practices of Industrial Hemp Production in a Changing Regulatory Climate” Dr. Emmanuel Omondi

11:20 – 11:40 “Crop Profiles for Specialty Crop Growers” Mr. Troy Dugger

11:40 – 12:00 “Insectary plants for arthropod pest management” Dr. Kaushalya Amarasekare

12:00 – 12:40 Lunch (slideshow)

12:40 – 1:20 Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition and Awards Program: Moderator – Mr. Finis Stribling

Dr. Michael Harris

Dr. Solomon Haile

1:20 – 1:40 “2021 Organic Melons Research Trial” Dr. Dilip Nandwani, Mr. Onyekachukwu Akaeze, Mr. ZaDarreyal Wiggins

1:40 – 2:00 “Soil and crops in a warmer world: a case study in switchgrass cropland in middle Tennessee” Dr. Jianwei Li

2:00 – 2:20 “Tennessee New Farmer Academy” Mr. Finis Stribling

2:20 – 2:40 “Southern SARE – Resources for Agricultural Producers” Mr. Troy Dugger

2:40 – 3:00 “Proper Genetic Management for Commercial Meat Goat Profitability” Dr. Richard Browning

3:00 – 3:20 “TN AgrAbility-TSU/UT Extension and Assistive Technology help farmers with disabilities” Ms. Eileen Legault and Ms. Joetta White

3:20 – 3:40 “Container gardening – Do’s and Don’ts” Dr. Dharma Pitchay

3:40 – 4:00 “Beekeeping” Mr. John Ferrell

4:00 Concluding Remarks – Dr. Jason de Koff, Mr. Finis Stribling

Small Farm Expo Day will highlight exhibitors, speakers, and Field Tour programs.


  • Universities, Federal and State Agencies
  • One Stop Resource Page for Small Farms
  • Small Farm Grant Programs
  • Research Plots’ Tours 
  • Educational Workshops
  • Food Preservation 
  • Poultry Production 
  • Greenbelt and Forestry Management Topics
  • Industrial Hemp Field Tour
  • Organic Vegetable Trials Tour
  • Ruminant Livestock Management
  • Small Farmer Recognition

Join ZOOM Call by logging into the the information below

Zoom info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82288816592

Or Telephone: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 822 8881 6592 For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Foster at (615) 963-1351 or jfoste44@tnstate.edu 

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