Participants of the 2015 National Field School visit Transplanting Traditions Community Farm in Chapel Hill, NC.
Each year NIFTI convenes the best and brightest in the field of land-based beginning farmer training to learn, share, and develop new resources at the National Field School. In 2016, the 5th Annual NIFTI National Field School is taking place took place in Ann Arbor, MI. The Field School is a unique opportunity for incubator projects to gather, and in the past has attracted up to 75 participants from across the country.
Day one and two of the field school are dedicated to professional development, networking and skill-building for Incubator Farm Project staff. On day three, participants visit incubator farms in the area for guided farm tours and an opportunity to speak with staff and beginning farmers.
This year, the field school will be hosted on the West Coast in early November. More information coming soon!
What people are saying about the NIFTI National Field School:
“Really excellent - well planned -well executed - and a lot of fun!”
“This is the premier professional development event that I attend annually. There really isn't anything else out there that I've participated in that so closely speaks to my work and the goal of farmer development.”
“It is definitely my favorite conference that I attend each year!”
”Honestly, this is the best professional development event that I have attended. It was most relevant and constructive to the very uniqueness of an incubator farm project - which isn't just about crop production or marketing (like you see at most other conferences), but an entire sphere in itself.”
”There was a very positive and communal vibe to these professionals coming together. This sets the Field School apart, the willingness and desire to learn from each other.”