National Field School

All Inclusive registration featuring on-site lodging is closed. Tickets are still available for off site attendees. Register here!

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.

Check out the agenda, here!

Accommodations

Asilomar Conference Center – On-site accommodations are now sold out. Other local alternatives are available:

Accommodations near the conference center:

The Rosedale Inn, 775 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA  (831) 655-1000  rosedaleinn.com
Pacific Gardens Inn, 701 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA (831) 646-9414  pacificgardensinn.com
Best Western Inn & Suites, 660 Dennett St, Pacific Grove, CA  (831) 373-8777  montereypgbw.com

Transportation

Please note that registration does NOT include transportation to/from Asilomar. Driving directions are listed below. Visit Asilomar's website for more 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.

By Car:
From San Francisco / San Jose
Asilomar is approximately 120 miles south of downtown San Francisco (about 105 miles from San Francisco International Airport) and about 75 miles south of San Jose.

Take 101 south to 156 West.
Take 156 West to Highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, turn right on Holman Highway / 68 West.
Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway for 3.5 miles until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue.
Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue.
In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.

Registration Cost

Registration + On-Site Housing -  SOLD OUT
Registration Only - $270 (includes all conference events & workshops; meals beginning at breakfast on Nov 8th, concluding with lunch on Nov 10th)

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.