National Field School

Participants of the 2016 National Field School visit the Tilian Farm Development Center in Ann Arbor, MI.

Register here!

If you'd like to present on your work, facilitate a discussion session, or share a resource, please submit a session proposal.

Now in its sixth year, the NIFTI National Field School supports professional development and network building for Incubator Farm Project staff from across the country. The Field School is structured around interactive workshops, facilitated resource review sessions and regional networking and goal-setting opportunities, with ample time to connect with others working in your unique field. A farm tour of the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association will introduce you to the work of one of the oldest incubator projects in the United States.

Asilomar State Park is a picturesque seaside backdrop for the work of discussing best practice, developing new tools and connections, and imagining how to strengthen the capacity of beginning farmer training programs across the country.

 

Workshops, discussion sessions, and resource development will be focused on:
• Land Management
• Curriculum Design
• Evaluation
• Market Channel Development
• Incubators in Local/Regional Food Systems
• Staff Capacity
• Financial Literacy & Business Planning
• Working with Socially Disadvantaged Farmers
• Access to Land
• Cooperative Farming Models
• Recruiting Appropriate and Ready Applicants
• Communication/Conflict Resolution
• Supporting Farmer/Mentor Relationships

Collaboration with ISED Solutions will allow for the inclusion of workshops led by and designed for refugee serving incubator projects. A pre-conference for refugee serving projects will include sessions focused on resource sharing and network building.

In addition to session workshops and discussions, expect to hear stories from the field during our NIFTI Story Hour, and to circle up with other program staff during an evening bonfire.

Accommodations

We encourage all participants to stay with us on site at Asilomar. Rooms at Asilomar will be shared between two guests, and feature rustic California furnishings and private baths. NIFTI will make all lodging reservations at Asilomar and take requests for roommates. If you would like to upgrade to a single room, the option is available for $78.12 per night.

The Full Field School ticket includes dinner and lodging on November 7th, meals, lodging and registration for the full event at Asilomar Conference Grounds, and transportation to the farm tour. Early bird pricing ends September 5th, after that point, registration for the full event will be $720.

Transportation

Please note that registration does NOT include transportation to/from Asilomar. Visit Asilomar's website for options on getting there. If you are renting a car and can offer a ride to another attendee, or if you'd like a ride to the event, please visit this document.

A limited number of registration scholarships are available for this event. Please contact Brianna Bowman for more information.

 

What people are saying about the NIFTI National Field School:

 

“Really excellent - well planned -well executed - and a lot of fun!”

“This is the premier professional development event that I attend annually. There really isn't anything else out there that I've participated in that so closely speaks to my work and the goal of farmer development.”

“It is definitely my favorite conference that I attend each year!”

“Honestly, this is the best professional development event that I have attended. It was most relevant and constructive to the very uniqueness of an incubator farm project - which isn't just about crop production or marketing (like you see at most other conferences), but an entire sphere in itself.”

“There was a very positive and communal vibe to these professionals coming together. This sets the Field School apart, the willingness and desire to learn from each other.”

 

For more information, please email brianna.bowman@tufts.edu.