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.

Details of NASAP Responsibilities & Costs for Program Levels

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Document from Cultivating Community that highlights free resources, costs, and responsibilities for various levels of participants at the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project. Includes information for community gardeners, beginning farmers, intermediate farmers, and advanced farmers. Resources provided at free or discounted rates for the different groups include land, supplies, tractors, transportation, and other services.

Draft Production Plan Worksheet

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Draft excel spreadsheet template outlining dates for various activities for various crops, including bed preparation, seeding, watering, cultivating, and harvesting. All regions. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Pre.

Eggplants, Onions, and Green Beans

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Best practices for growing eggplants, onions, and green beans, three popular Vermont grops being grown for wholesale accounts.

EIEIO Trainers' Guide

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“The Trainers' Resource Guide was created for those who train beginning farmers and ranchers (BFRs). The typical training program usually has a good foundation in farm production skills, but overlooks financial literacy and business planning skills. This guide will help you add these vital skills to your training program, leading to sustainable success for your trainees' ventures.”

Enterprise Budgets - Compiled

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Ethan Roland's collection of over 1,000 enterprise budgets, available for download on this webpage (link at the bottom). 134 MB.

Example Lease for Farmer Training Program - LSS

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Sample lease agreement from Lutheran Social Services (LSS) for a parcel hosting one of their training sites for beginning farmers. Includes agreements between the program and the landowner regarding land use and various logistical provisions.

Example Lease for Farmer Training Program - LSS (2)

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Sample land lease between Lutheran Social Services, a refugee-focused beginning farmer training program, and a landowner. Agreement delineates specific uses of property in detail and offers sample language for similar agreements.

Explore Farming Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan for New Entry's Explore Farming! course. Includes course goals and outline for the 90 minute course.

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