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.

Business Planning Basics

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Presentation that includes best practices for formulating a business plan, including suggestions of what to include, where to seek advice, and importance of a business plan.

Business Planning Check List

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Check list for businesses that can be used for reflection on a variety of factors influencing business development: product/ services, markets, competition, product development, marketing and sales, operations, management, and financial planning.

Canning 101 Handout

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Basic canning instructions adapted from Ball, outlining the steps to safely store high acid foods, like sauce, jam, and chutney: boiling jars of food to remove air, preventing spoilage and food-borne illness.

Canning 101, Arabic Translation

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Arabic translation of Canning 101 handout: basic canning instructions adapted from Ball, outlining the steps to safely store high acid foods, like sauce, jam, and chutney: boiling jars of food to remove air, preventing spoilage and food-borne illness.

Canning 101, Nepali Translation

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Nepali translation of Canning 101 handout: basic canning instructions adapted from Ball, outlining the steps to safely store high acid foods, like sauce, jam, and chutney: boiling jars of food to remove air, preventing spoilage and food-borne illness.

Capitalizing the Incubator Farm presentation

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Presentation from New Entry that outlines incubator farm infrastructure, compares do-it-yourself projects and hired contractors, and highlights funding requirements.

Cash Flow Spreadsheet

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Spreadsheet to be used with SALES FORECAST and EXPENSES FORECAST handouts to calculate total yearly expenses and income.

Certified Organic

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Powerpoint Presentation for farmers outlining requirements for USDA organic certification for vegetable farms, including standards, costs, application procedures, requirements for updates, and an analysis to determine if organic certification is appropriate for the farmer. Northeast Region. English level: Intermediate. Farming Level: Intermediate. Literacy level: Moderate. Keywords: Certification, National Organic Plan, Sustainably Grown.

Client Letter of Agreement

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Letter of agreement between the International Rescue Committee IRC) and an IRC Fostering Agricultural Refugee Microenterprise (FARM) client. Agreement outlines IRC responsibilities, client responsibilities, and mutal understandings. FARM is an an initiative that is aimed at the economic empowerment of refugees through agricultural business, providing education and farming resources to participants.

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