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.

Farm Incubator Case Studies

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Twelve case studies of farm incubator projects from across the U.S. conducted by the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative. Each case study is four full pages of information, including basic demographics (legal structure, numbers of staff and farmers served, acres, programs offered, etc.) as well as detailed discussions of project background, structure, operations, project management, lessons learned, and much more. The case studies also provide links to supplementary documents that offer insight and examples of the organization's work.

Farm Management on an Incubator Farm

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A brief overview from New Entry of incubator farm management. Document outlines New Entry's incubator sites and program staff, budget, resources, and activities.

Farm Program Assessment Form

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Assessment form from Fostering Agricultural Refugees Microenterprises (FARM) that surveys farmers about the services they received at the International rescue Committee's regional office in Phoenix. Includes questions on income, business management, and agricultural experience.

Farm Program Farm Report

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Farm report survey from the Intervale Center that asks farmers to report on the 2013 season, including marketing, income, labor, land use, and growing practices.

Farm Support Services

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Annotated list of resources compiled by the New Entry Sustainable Farm Project to assist incubator farm operations. Includes goverment programs, private companies, NGOs, grassroots groups, and consultants.

Farmer Fees

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Word document outline for fees due to incubator farm from farmers.  Should be adapted to specific incubator farm projects.  All Regions.  English Level: Beginning.  Farming level: n/a.  Literacy Level: Low.  Key Words: fees, organizational maintenance.

Farmer's Market Basics - Running a good business at the market

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Powerpoint presentation for farmers about the basics of selling at a farmers market.  Includes how to run a stand, price the products, choose products to sell at market, cost analysis, and presentation.  All Regions. English Level: Beginning. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Low. Key Words: marketing, farmers market, budgeting.

Farmers Market Stands

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Powerpoint Presentation/Google Slides for farmers about farmer's markets presentation.  Includes many descriptive photographs.  Needs additional prompts for trainers, could be adapted to any market.  All Regions. English Level: Beginning.  Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Pre.  Key words: farmers market, marketing.

Farmland Access for New Farmers

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A brief overview of New Entry's farmland matching program, which helps connect farmers who get started on the incubator sites with available farmland in Eastern Massachusetts. Document includes program history, staffing, resources, and key activities.

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