GET CERTIFIED AS A RIVER FRIENDLY FARM
Join a community of farmers who exemplify land and water stewardship and are committed to ensuring a healthy and resilient future for generations to come. The River Friendly Farms certification program recognizes farmers who are good stewards of land and water resources, educates the public about the importance of their efforts, and supports their conservation journey.
SOIL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO CLEAN WATER
Now more than ever, we are challenged with keeping valuable topsoil on fields, fostering soil that can retain water during periods of drought, and bringing back life to our soils so that they can provide for us long into the future. Healthy soils filter pollutants, store carbon, and infiltrate water, keeping our rivers and streams cleaner and healthier.
What are Best Management Practices (BMPs)?
Conservation is voluntary, so let’s make it easier for producers by supporting products that are raised using Best Management Practices that support healthy soil and healthy waters.
Discover the Benefits of River Friendly Farming
River Friendly Farms implement conservation practices that significantly limit water pollution by preventing excess nutrients, bacteria, and pesticides from entering waterways.
In a world where 40% of farmland is suffering from significant degradation, River Friendly Farms build soil organic matter and protect topsoil from erosion. These actions ensure soil stays healthy and productive for years to come.
River Friendly Farms encourage natural pest suppression and pollinators. They also create diverse stream-side habitats and ensure a healthy ecosystem for native species.
River Friendly Farms help sequester carbon and preserve soil quality, creating agricultural practices that sustain future generations in Tennessee and make our environment more resilient to our changing climate.
Resources for Best Practices
Making positive changes isn’t always cheap but many best management practices can save you money in the long term, and there are organizations and agencies that offer grants or loans to help.