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.

Production Records Template

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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.

Program Evaluation NIFTI 2015

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A presentation from the 2015 NIFTI National Field School on Program Evaluation by Dr Noah Ranells of NC A & T State University Cooperative Extension Program and Eugenia Gusev of the International Rescue Committee. 

Program Evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative, is critical to all new farmer training programs. The Most Significant Change technique ( MSC), a qualitative and participatory story driven evaluation methodology will be presented for its use in agriculture development programs across the world. Quantitative evaluation options for training program sustainability and participant entrepreneurial success will also be shared.

Program Placement Summary

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Program placement summary helps identify whether individuals are a good fit to be a community gardener, market gardener, advanced market gardener, or aspiring farmer. Outlines steps that should be taken for individuals within each group.

Quick Guide to Farm Insurance

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Quick guide to Farm Insurance, put together by New Entry Sustainable Farming project, which offers protection from liability charges and property damage, as well as insurance against crop failures. Outlines types of farm insurance that are available, requirements for coverage, and potential sources of farm insurance.

Quick Guide to Food Safety Resources

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Annotated bibliography compiled by New Entry, which identifies resources to help farmers farmers develop successful food safety plans and practices, including good agricultural practices (GAPs), risk management planning, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Regulations: Conservation and Zoning presentation

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Presentation from New Entry that aims to help farmers understand conservation planning, zoning, and the local advocacy process. Includes information on farmland preservation, wetland and conservation restrictions, zoning and building codes, and other environmental considerations.

Running a Low-Income CSA

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Document put together by New Entry that provides an overview of the World PEAS (People Enhancing Agricultural Sustainability), Food Hub, an illustration of how to successfully connect low-income consumers with fresh, local produce.

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