Bedford County

Bedford County Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to the citizens of Bedford County. Working with farmers, families, youth, and communities in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community Resource Development, and 4-H Youth Development, Extension helps improve people’s lives with solutions and information from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee State University.
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Bedford County Featured Events


  • Bedford County Farmers Market – The Bedford County Farmers Market at the Farmers Market Pavilion next to the big blue water tower at Celebration Grounds will open on Thursday, July 7, at 2:30 pm. This has been a very difficult season, and the number of vendors and their supply may be short. We ask for your patience as we open the market.
  • Bedford County Fair – July 18-23, 2022, printed catalogs available at the Extension Office
  • Beef Quality Assurance training is by appointment at the Extension office. Contact John Teague at 931-684-5971.
  • Private Applicator Training for Restricted Use Pesticides is available by appointment at the Extension office. Contact John Teague at 931-684-5971.
  • Farming Fundamentals – On-line program completed on your time. See the Agriculture Programs Page on the tab above for details.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Canning College – July 9 at 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville. Hands on canning class covering both water bath and pressure canning. Cost is $15 and you must pre-register by calling the Extension Office at 931-684-5971. See the flyer for more information.
  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes – Fridays, July 8 – August 12 at the Extension Office. This is a six session class on managing diabetes. Sessions include information on healthy eating, physical activity, sick day care, foot care, working with your doctor, medications, action planning and much more. The program is free. Call the Extension Office at 684-5971 to sign up. See the flyer for more information.
  • Extension Explores: Food Preservation Newsletter Signup for 2022 – Extension Explores is back! This year we will focus on a monthly newsletter format. Each monthly emailed letter will include the following: Food Safety, Gardening Tips, Produce Selection, Recipes, Troubleshooting and a Food Preservation Contest / Challenge! No matter if you are new to home food preservation or an experienced preserver, we will share information that is grounded in research that will help you on your food preservation journey. To sign up to receive the monthly newsletters, click on the link below to fill out a google form. Come join us!


  • Wheel FCE – July 14, 12:00 noon at Shiloh United Methodist Church
  • Liberty FCE – July 18, 4:00 p.m. at Bluhen Farms and Highway 55
  • Shelbyville FCE – June 7, 9:30 a.m. at the Extension Office
  • Butler’s Creek FCE – July 11, 6:00 p.m. at Extension Office
  • Heart of the Home FCE – June 6, 10:30 a.m. at the Extension Office
  • Town and Country FCE – July 5, 11:00 a.m. at Nash Creamery
  • Fairview FCE – July 12, at Styer House & Urban Plantation
  • Four Corners FCE – July 25, 6:00 p.m. at Sally McReynolds’


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The Bedford County Extension Office is located at 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN. Hours M-F: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm