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.

Annual Assessment for Farmers and Staff

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A 144-point skills assessment from the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP) in ME used to evaluate farmer progress. This simple, but comprehensive tool uses pictures and straightforward questions to find out how farmers are progressing towards meeting their learning goals.

Annual Farmer Survey Interview

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Beginning farmer survey written by Agricultural Land Based Training Association (ALBA) to confidentially learn how farmers are doing after receiving one year of services from ALBA. Survey includes questions on experience with ALBA, growing practices, and business finances.

Applying for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

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Plain language guide from New Entry for farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which pays farmers and ranchers to implement practices that protect water, soil, and air quality. The guide explains how the program works and outlines eligibility, the application process, and how the money can be used.

Applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

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Plain language guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for farmers interested in applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which rewards farmers for being good “stewards” of their land. The guide includes information on program eligibility and an explanation of how to apply.

ATTRA Marketing Resources

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Various Resources and Guides on from ATTRA,  the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Information provided on marketing, business, and risk management.

Banking Workshop

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Banking workshop from the International Institute in St. Louis, “Banking with a Financial Institution.” Explains the basics of different types of financial institutions, available accounts, ATMs, debit and credit cards, deposits, and statements. The curriculum was compiled by the International Institute, with funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Banking Workshop- Karen Translation

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Karen translation of a banking workshop from the International Institute in St. Louis, “Banking with a Financial Institution.” Explains the basics of different types of financial institutions, available accounts, ATMs, debit and credit cards, deposits, and statements. The curriculum was compiled by the International Institute, with funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Basic Business Planning and Recordkeeping NIFTI 2015

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A presentation on Basic Business Planning and Recordkeeping given by Gary Matteson of Farm Credit at the 2015 NIFTI National Field School. Additional resources available at farmbiztrainer.com.

 

Do you have a good understanding of what your students are going through from their perspective?  Students need to appreciate the core components of good business planning and why it is important to their success before they will latch onto the “numbers” that they generally try to avoid.  This session will include tips on how to integrate financial skills training and record keeping into all the skills your program is already teaching, with the end goal of helping farmers be business minded in their operations.

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