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Cul2vate Classroom

Welcome to the Cul2vate Classroom page! We are honored to present opportunities for learning to not only our Cul2vators, but to you as well! You will find information regarding the current available classes plus a link to sign up. PLEASE NOTE: you must sign up for all days associated with each subject. The link to sign up can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page. Please reach out to Kyle Leech with any questions!


The forest products industry has a substantial impact on Tennessee’s economy. As 83% of forests in Tennessee are privately owned, strong forest products markets are the best incentive for many landowners to keep their forests as forests.
Diverse, competitive, and sustainable forest products markets are a strong motive for family woodland owners to keep their forestland intact and forested. Active forest management, which includes timber harvesting, increases disturbance and diversifies forests so they can be more resilient on the Tennessean landscape.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s own Forestry arm is facilitating FOUR classes for Cul2vate!

October 18th Forest Industry & Workforce Development – Heather Slayton
October 20th Tree ID and Measurements – David Mercker
November 1st Grading and Portable Sawmill Demonstration – Adam Taylor
November 3rd Lumber Grading – Benji Richards

Master Bee Keeping

Learn about bee keeping! How do you set up a hive? How do you keep bees safe? What about honey production? Catch all the buzz surrounding these important pollinators!
October 21 & 22 – Buzz Evans of the Nashville Area Beekeepers Association

5 P’s of Farming

Have you heard of Charlie Coffey‘s 5 P’s of Farming?
Join us for this informative and down-to-earth approach to gardening.
November 8

Greenhouse Management

Interested in knowing what it takes to manage a greenhouse? Join us as Megan McDugald, the Chief Engineer of Horticulture for Gaylord Opryland generously shares her expertise with us!
October 27

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is in an important, ever-changing challenge we face as a nation AND right here in Middle Tennessee. Come hear from our friends at Second Harvest share current information and be reminded of how important it is that we continue to fight hunger together!
November 14

Blackberry Production

Learn to grow, care for, harvest blackberries! It may seem simple, but there certainly is an art to cultivating these delicious berries.
Charlie Coffey November 22

Cut Flower Production

Have a perfect spot for cut flowers? have you wondered what flowers grow well in TN? Come hear from our own Abby Gant as she shares how to grow, cut, arrange, and keep fresh flowers. Learn why Cul2vate flowers are so popular!
November 17


Composting is a natural way to produce nutrient-rich, valuable fertilizer you can utilize even at home! Join us as we explore the do’s and don’ts of composting.
Dec 6

Floating Nursery

What, you may ask, is a floating nursery? Join us as Reggie Marshall explains how to find out how to “float” your seedlings to get them to grow!
December 15

Community Development Training

It is one thing to get involved in a project, do missionary work, or do something good for your neighbors. When we think about such good works in terms of the entire community, we can create meaningful and lasting change! Come hear our own life-long missionary and creator of communities, Kyle Leech talk of his experiences in Indonesia and beyond. Learn how these skills can work right there in your own backyard!
November 29.