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.

Our physical library at our offices in Beverly, MA contains books, CD's, DVD's periodicals, pamphlets, and videos in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Khmer.

If you have a resource you would like see, or one you would like to share with the NIFTI community of practitioners, contact nesfp@tufts.edu.

NIFTI Webinar #5- Land and Site Management for Incubator Farms

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  • Video

This webinar covers managing shared infrastructure and incubator sites. Partners from the Intervale Center, the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, the International Rescue Committee and the Minnesota Food Association discuss a wide variety of topics including leasing land, soil fertility management, infrastructure development, urban farming initiatives and general site maintenance (budget, staffing, etc.).

NIFTI Webinar #6 - Transitioning Farmers Off the Incubator Site

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  • Video

This webinar provides strategies for transitioning farmers successfully onto their own farm operations. Partners from the Intervale Center, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry) will discuss farmland matching programs, helping farmers access capital, and the structure and challenges of continued support for graduates.

NIFTI Webinar #7 - Advocacy for Incubator Farms and Farmers

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  • Video

This webinar covers strategies for engaging farmers in federal and local advocacy efforts related to beginning farmer issues. Hear from the Land Stewardship Project, the National Young Farmers Coalition, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition about how your program can make sure beginning farmers voices are heard loud and clear in the upcoming Farm Bill debates.

NIFTI Webinar #9 - Metrics and Evaluation for Incubator Projects

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  • Digital Download

This webinar will focus on best practices for developing evaluation protocols for your program. Learn from the experts on how to gather data and report on outcomes. We will have presentations from: Jessie Schmidt at the University of Vermont on the “Farmer Assessment Web” tool; Maggie Donin at the Intervale Center; the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association; and NIFTI will launch its brand new resource, “The Metrics and Evaluation Toolkit for Farm Incubators”.

Organic Farming Course 2011 - MOFGA

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  • Digital Download

PDF Outline of two-day short course in organic farming, used to guide farmer trainers.  Includes schedule of course and lecture topics. All regions. English level: Intermediate. Knowledge Level: Beginner. Literacy Level: Moderate

Outreach for New Farmer Programs

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  • Digital Download

An overview of New Entry's work on outreach for new farmer programs. Identifies targeted mechanisms for outreach to recruit participants for specific programs. This document outlines staffing, resources, activities, and strategies.

Pathfinder and CSA Farm Shares

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  • Digital Download

Article on the partnership between the World PEAS cooperative and Bridgewell, which provides services to individuals with disabilities and special needs. Bridgewell purchased 14 shares of produce from World PEAS in 2011.

Production Records Template

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  • Digital Download

A simple excel spreadheet that helps farmers track their production totals for individual markets and by crop. Provided by Beth LaShell at the Old Fort Market Garden Incubator in Fort Lewis, CO.

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