Tennessee New Farmer Academy

7-Month Certificate Program - 3 locations (Memphis, Nashville, and Wartburg, TN)


Tennessee New Farmer Academy for Farmers, Ranchers and Returning Veterans

The Tennessee New Farmer Academy is a seven-month certificate program designed for those with an interest in becoming agricultural entrepreneurs.  Ideal candidates for this program include those who are new to agriculture, those who wish to transition into agriculture from another field such as military service or private sector work, or those who are looking for a post-retirement opportunity.

The program focuses on teaching the concepts, providing the information, and facilitating the hands-on experience needed to build solid, viable, and successful agricultural businesses

Farm Business & Marketing Basics

Over multiple sessions, you will learn to identify the appropriate enterprise for you and your farm, how to start your business, and how to navigate the regulatory issues of the agricultural world. Additionally, you'll learn about some of the most effective marketing strategies like farmers markets and CSAs, and how to apply for grants and other types of assistance available to new farmers.

Agricultural Production Practices

A portion of each session will be dedicated to helping you establish and/or maintain productive and efficient operations, covering topics like soil health, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, beekeeping, irrigation strategies, organic production, greenhouse management, and hydroponics.

Hands-on Experience

In addition to classroom instruction, the New Farmer Academy provides hands-on experiential sessions on topics including fruit tree pruning and care, drip irrigation and plasticulture, fencing installation and repair, GPS/GIS mapping, sprayer calibration, and equipment operation/safety.

2017 Graduates

2023 Academy  Information Brochures

East Tennessee Brochure (Please note: Registraion for the East Tennessee 2023 program is full)
Central Tennessee Brochure
West Tennessee Brochure

Registration Information

Fee: $175 per person (includes textbook, materials, and lunches). 
        Scholarships available in East and West Tennessee.

Make checks payable to  Tennessee State University CEP.

Download the program registration form and return to the address specified on the form.

East Tennessee Registration (Registraion for the East Tennessee 2023 program is full)
Central Tennessee Registration
West Tennessee Registration

Veteran Scholarship Form - East Tennessee (Registraion for the East Tennessee 2023 program is full)
Veteran Scholarship Form - Central Tennessee
Veteran Scholarship Form - West Tennessee

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:
Finis Stribling, III
Director of New Farmer Academy and Small Farms
(615) 963-5449