Production Practices

The Cannon Horticulture Project’s current work continues the Kerr Center’s long history with:

  • organic production
  • season extension
  • crops adapted to the soils and climate of the bioregion
  • crops suitable for small acreages and direct marketing

The Cannon Horticulture Project focuses on organic system design and management.  Its four-year “bioextensive” rotation devotes half the available acreage to cover crops in “green fallow.”

This trades land (production area) for the inputs otherwise required for weed control (labor, energy, and other external inputs).


The site encompasses almost seven acres, not quite three of which are cultivated. Demonstrations on the site are tailored to commercial market gardens in the same size range.

The plots also contain demonstrations of still smaller scale methods for home and market gardens, including the biointensive approach.



  • two full-time year-round employees
  • one to two full-time seasonal interns
  • occasional assistance from other staff

Interns have driven several aspects of the work, including:

  • biochar
  • vermicomposting
  • biointensive demonstrations

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Tools and Equipment

Selected to enable successful management of this size farm with the available labor.  Learn more


Season Extension

Get crops started earlier; keep them growing longer.  Learn more


Pest Management

Build healthy, living soil, and use appropriate cultural practices.  Apply approved pesticides only if needed, and as part of an integrated pest management approach.  Learn more

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Southern Organic Resource Guide

The Southern Organic Resource Guide was designed to help certified and transitioning organic farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee minimize and manage risks associated with obtaining and maintaining organic certification.

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