NIFTI Training Materials

The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) offers over 200 resources compiled from dozens of organizations across the country related to best practices for Incubator Farm Projects.

From sample curricula, to farmer leases and manuals, to site management protocols, NIFTI's library contains a wide range of tools to help your organization better serve beginning farmers.

If you have a resource you would like see, or one you would like to share with the NIFTI community of practitioners, contact Brianna: brianna.bowman@tufts.edu.

12-month expense forceast handout

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Sample spreadsheet that can be used to calculate cost of yearly farm supplies, including fertilizer, soil tests, seeds, labor, fuel, and additional equipment.

2010 DLTI Ogonowski Lease

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Lease agreement between the nonprofit Dracut Land Trust, Inc (DLTI) and Tufts University for a portion of the farm to be used for the New Entry Sustainability Farming Project.

2012 Communications NFNA Curriculum

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Powerpoint presentation for farmers about logistics of New Farms for New Americans program.  Covers activities over the winter, marketing and sales, and logistics.  Can be adapted to other incubator projects.  All Regions.  English level: Beginning.  Farming Level: Beginning.  Literacy Level: low/semi.  Key Words: program updates, marketing, commitment, sales, logistics.

2012 Farm Site Application

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2012 application for New Entry's training farm site program. Includes eligibility requirements and basic applicant information.

2012 Farmer Manual

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The purpose of the New Entry Farmer Manual is to provide new farmers with necessary information to participate in New Entry's training programs. The manual describes New Entry programs, payment schedules, and trainings/ farm visit schedules. It provides general farm guidelines for best practices, organic guidelines, insurance requirements, and food safety plan requirements for the marketing cooperative agreeement.

2013 Equipment Rates

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2013 rental rates for land, water access, water rate, land management fee, propane, greenhouse lot, cooler pallets, hay barn basement, loft space, farmer barn access, cooler space, corn crib

Agreement of Joint Ownership

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Agreement of joint ownership for the the DR All-Terrain Field and Brush Mower, identifying the role of Cultivating Community in the agreement.

ALBA Agriculture and Land-based Training Association Farm Incubator Toolkit

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A resource to help organizations that are interested in starting a farm incubator program. Put together by the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), the toolkit summarizes ALBA's experience, operational guidelines, model land leases, cost allocations, farmer communication forms, business planning templates, and other considerations.

ALBA Yearly Farmer Survey

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ALBA's annual farmer survey tracks a wide range of outcomes for incubator farm program participants. See what indicators you can use to measure farmer success on your program.

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