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.

Increasing Participation in Your Program

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A presentation from the 2015 NIFTI National Field School by Aley Kent from the International Rescue Committee. 

 

Community-based” and “participatory” are big words in our work world of late. But what do we really mean by this? And how do we build programs that build farmer participation in a way that maintains the integrity of our educational programs? This session will share some key tools that can help you to navigate increased participation without losing your marbles.

Incubator Business Template

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Draft template for a specialty crops 25 acre incubator business plan. Provides sample language to outline an incubator's marketing, management, and financial plans.

Incubator Farm Self-Evaluation

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Self evaluation form from the Intervale Center, which asks farmers to report on financial goals, production goals, and organic certification.

Incubator Training Farm Financial Model

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Spread sheet that provides a financial model for a 25 acre incubator farm. Includes calculations for start up funds, salaries and wages, expenses, and projected sales.

Intervale Center Lease Agreement Template

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Lease agreement template between the Intervale Center and a participating farm. The Intervale Center will lease farmland, storage space, equipment, greenhouses, water wells, water pumps and other farming tools to the farm.

Intervale Center Livestock Protocols

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Policy document from the Intervale Center that outlines protocols to ensure the health and humane treatment of animals kept on Intervale property. Includes specifics on feed, storage, buildings, and liability.

Intervale Farm Equipent Cooperative: Policies and Procedures

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Docuement that outlines policies and procedures for using Intervale Farm Equipment Cooperative (IFEC) farm equipment and greenhouses. Includes IFEC responsibilities, safety procedures, maitenance, fuel, work requirements, and conflict resolution.

Intervale Farm Report

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The Intervale Center's yearly survey for farmer participants to report metrics including income, markets, goals, demographics, etc. used to track program outcomes over time.

Intervale Farmer Equipment Company - Fact Sheet

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A fact sheet from the Intervale Center about their highly regarded “Farmer Equipment Company” a.k.a. IFEC. Farmers who participate in the Intervale's Farms Program cooperatively own and manage equipment and infrastructure on site. This fact sheet explains the history, membership, management, and operations of this innovative model in a concise and accessible format.

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