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Agriculture and Horticulture

Davidson County Extension uses the resources of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University to conduct educational programs in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources.

Extension's agricultural programs provide the link between Land Grant College Research and individuals such as farmers, homeowners and agribusinesses keeping them up to date on on the latest management practices needed to solve problems and improve production and marketing. Educational programs are designed to encourage understanding and adoption of improved technology that relates to agriculture and our natural resources.

Programs educate farmers and homeowners and other agricultural and horticultural producers on the latest management practices needed to solve problems and improve production and marketing. Programs also help Tennesseans protect the environment and improve the management, marketing and use of natural resources.
Contact: David Cook

Middle Tennessee Landscape Management Short Course

This multi-county program is aimed at professionals in the lawn care and landscape business. The two-day short course is scheduled for January 16th & 17th of 2013, at the Williamson County Ag. Expo Park in Franklin, TN. The course offers certified HLT applicators the opportunity to earn up to 10 recertification points over a two day period as well as receive education and training related to their field. A team of Extension Agents from eight middle Tennessee counties is responsible for planning, promoting and conducting this annual program.
Contact: David Cook

Master Gardener Program

This fifteen week program is designed to train volunteers in all aspects of gardening and horticulture topics such as basic gardening, botany, fruit and vegetables, herbaceous and woody ornamentals, and turf grass management. Participants also learn how to identify and control insects, diseases and weeds. Specialized instruction dealing with soil, lawn and garden equipment, landscaping, herbs, organic gardening and composting are also included in this program. After completing the fifteen week program volunteers return horticulture services by volunteering in the community by working on horticultural related community service projects. The training classes are generally held one to two evenings per week, starting January 24, 2013. The fee is $125 per person; $200 per couple (couple would share one book). Please check out the following link on What it means to be a Master Gardener! http://blog.hgtvgardens.com/quick-and-dirty-what-it-really-means-to-be-a-master-gardener/
Contact: David Cook

Junior Master Gardener Program

This program is presented as a week-long, day-camp for youth, ages 9 to 14. The camp is open to Home-Schooled, Kids Clubs, 4-H Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, Church Youth Groups, and any youth interested in learning about gardening in general. Campers learn about soil testing, composting, basic botany, raised bed vegetable gardening, floral arranging, organic gardening, plant propagation, insects and many other topics. Educational sessions are presented as lecture and hands-on learning activities. The $50 fee includes healthy refreshments for morning and afternoon breaks, Gardening Handbook, Tee Shirt, and Hands-on Project materials. Water is provided, but each Camper will bring their lunch. The day-camp is scheduled during the month of June, 9 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday.
Contact: David Cook

Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods Program

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has estimated that about 30 percent of the state's streams are of such poor water quality that they cannot support a healthy population of fish and other aquatic wildlife, and almost 40 percent are not fit for human recreation.

Using proven horticultural practices, TYN's mission is to help communities across the state meet their landscaping needs while also helping to conserve and protect our state's water resources. The Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods program encourages homeowners to be part of the solution to Tennessee's water quality problems by adopting environmentally sound landscaping practices that are more in line with the natural water cycle. Your yard will absorb storm water slowly, which, as it percolates downward, is cleansed naturally of toxins. The types of plantings you select will better endure the heat and dry spells and require less irrigation. This program is presented as a six-hour workshop. Two workshops will be held in 2013 one in the Spring and one in the Fall on a Saturday, from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee is $35 per person; $50 per couple.
Contact: David Cook

PROGRAMMING

Some of the services, programs, and information that we provide to the people of Davidson County where they live and work are:

  • Educational Programs in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Hands-on Workshops in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Extension Publications
  • Extensive Library of Crop, Livestock and Homeowner Literature
  • Farm Financial Management
  • Farm Visits and Consultations
  • Homeowner Site Visits and Consultations
  • Master Gardener Program
  • Jr. Master Gardener Program
  • Over 350 Farm and Utility Buildings Plans
  • Plant Disease and Insect Identification and Control Recommendations
  • Pesticide Recommendations
  • Soil Fertility and Forage Testing
  • University Research Proven Variety Recommendations
  • Weed Identification and Control Recommendations 


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