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Terra Firma

Terra Firma: Building Your Farm Business on Solid Ground

Tennessee is home to nearly 70,000 farms. Covering about 40% of the state’s landmass, those farms have a huge impact on our groundwater, streams, and rivers.1  In Tennessee and across the country, we can’t talk about river health without talking about farming.

“Terra Firma: A Course to Build Your Farm Business on Solid Ground” is an annual class for farmers to support their farming business and management skills.

With this course, the Cumberland River Compact demonstrates a commitment to helping our region’s farmers succeed not only in their conservation initiatives but also in their business goals.

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For additional information about River Friendly Farms Terra Firma or our River Friendly Farms Program, contact Caroline Hutchins at

Course Details

The course covers components of farm business: finances and record keeping; project management; whole farm planning; labor management; and grants, loans, and financial services.

Notable instructors from across the region and the country  teach the course, giving farmers access to an incredible wealth of information from experts in the field. 

A limited number of participants will be chosen to receive stipends to cover expenses associated with the class, such as travel or childcare. Stipends will be given on a needs-based basis, with priority given to historically underserved farmers and ranchers (HUFR).

Who is this course for?

Farmers with one to ten years of managerial experience who value sustainable farm practices. Historically underserved farmers and ranchers (HUFR) are strongly encouraged to apply.

What is the cost?

Once accepted through the application process, this course is offered at no cost to participating farmers, thanks to a grant from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE).

For additional information on the River Friendly Farms Grazing School or our River Friendly Farms Program, contact Caroline Hutchins at