Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

Farmstead Field School


Artisan Cooking Demonstration
- Enjoy a true farm-to-table experience with a member of the farm who knows the ingredients at their essence. Join a Farmstead Artisan in an unforgettably delicious and informative cooking and wine activity. Whether it’s with the Butcher, Gardener or Preservationist, you will be sure to bring home the skills to gather and prepare a meal from freshest produce and meats. Add traditionally made cheeses, preserves and pickles, and the three course lunch becomes a visceral link to our proud agricultural traditions.

Farmstead Tasting Tour - Get an up close look at what puts the “farm” in Blackberry Farm. Join a Farmstead guide in a comprehensive tour of the working areas of the heirloom gardens and heritage livestock pasture, all the while learning the rich history of the farm and its environs. You will also visit the kennels where we breed and train our famous Lagotto Romagnolo dogs, as well as the truffle orchard. The tour will culminate in a tasting of Farmstead cheeses, meats, preserves and beer in our beautiful Barn wine cellar or other unforgettable location.

Garden With a Master - Join Master Gardener John Coykendall and the Garden staff for an interactive walking tour of our extensive heirloom vegetable, flower and herb gardens. Set in a fertile cove wedged between the Chilhowee and Smoky mountain ranges, our gardens are a wonderful source of naturally grown produce that is woven through each meal’s menu. During this unique experience, you will discover fun and interesting facts and tall tales about all the historic varieties we grow, including time-tested methods of saving and growing our storied heirloom seed varieties. Enjoy a visit to our Garden Shed, which is jam-packed with garden tools from the ages to learn the ways our Appalachian ancestors taught us to farm. Take home a bushel of farm wisdom, and maybe a special seed or two!