Client Feature · Economic Growth and Development

Alexis Close of The Field School

By: Chace Vineski    AccelNow – Social Media Coordinator     East Tennessee is home to beautiful scenery, country music, whiskey, and great agriculture. As the backbone of our country, farming is a vital trade that encompasses everything from crop cultivation to raising livestock. It is a pastime that has seen its numbers slowly dwindle… Continue reading Alexis Close of The Field School

Client Feature

Small Batch Farm

Story provided by Susan McKinney. Founder of Small Batch Farm   Small Batch Farm, located in Gray, TN, is a small-scale market production of locally-grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables. They are currently in their second year of production, having kicked off the operation in 2017. Last year they marketed through Jonesborough Farmer’s Market and Boone… Continue reading Small Batch Farm

Entrepreneur Resources · Entrepreneurship

Farewell and Thank You to Emily Bidgood – ARC

  We are sad to hear that Emily Bidgood will be retiring as Director of ARC this June. Emily has worked closely with John Campbell Director of AccelNow on a number of programs; “Emily has always been very helpful working cooperatively with AccelNow to create new entrepreneurial events in the region and share the success… Continue reading Farewell and Thank You to Emily Bidgood – ARC


Small Batch Farm: From Idea to Implementation

On a warm August day, a windy country road delivers us to the small-scale farm of Susan McKinney, Founder of Small Batch Farm. Located on family land in Gray, Tennessee that McKinney’s parents used for a large family garden every year, a half-acre plot is teeming with sun-ripened veggies ready for market. As we walk… Continue reading Small Batch Farm: From Idea to Implementation