The mission of the Tryon Farm Institute is to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and sustainable land husbandry.

The Institute accomplishes its mission through:

TFI is a unique land trust responsible for stewarding agricultural and preservation lands that share interdependencies with neighboring lands. The Institute’s land holdings serve as a natural learning laboratory which provide a variety of public access opportunities for the purpose of demonstrating real world sustainable land use practices.

TFI is an environmental education organization dedicated to providing diverse learning opportunities in the fields of environmental science, sustainable agriculture, and low-impact development. Institute education programs serve children and adults of all ages from an assortment of regional groups including schools, professional associations, government agencies, and environmental and land use practitioners.

TFI serves as a center for information and idea exchange, facilitating research, dialogue, and community engagement. The Institute actively encourages partnerships and supports member-driven initiatives that sustainably engage the land and serve to connect human and natural communities.