The Center's soil scientist, Kim Stearman, and a multidisciplinary team of professionals recently received funding from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to begin operating Waters Farm, devoted to organic farming methods. These researchers foresee that this work will lead to a multitude of other branch-off research projects in the future.
Organic farming has been "one of the fastest growing segments of U.S. agriculture for more than a decade," growing at 20 percent per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The number of acres certified as organic farmland doubled between 2002 and 2005, and in 2005, the U.S. had 8,493 certified organic pasture and cropland operations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program says that organic farming entails:
The following is an agriculture-related research projects activated in the 2011-2012 fiscal year:
Compost Center and High Tunnel Construction and Management
G.K. Stearman and M. Best
Funding by: Tennessee Department of Agriculture