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.

New Entry Farmsite Budget

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Spreadsheet that includes revenues, site prep, equipment repair/ purchase, pest management, infrastructure, lease expenses, and electricity.

New Entry Marketing Curriculum

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The lesson plan for New Entry's Farm Business Planning Class dedicated specifically to marketing, including; market research, competitive advantage, promotions, and how to apply marketing plan to financial plans.

New Entry Mission and Goals

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Detailed overview of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's mission and goals (10 year and 3 year).

New Entry Strategic Plan

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Excerpts from New Entry's 2002- 2007 Strategic Plan. Includes values, assumptions, and visions for New Entry.

New Markets for Your Crops

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Guide in English for farmers who are looking to expand their sales to larger markets. First half is a cartoon guide at a nonfluent level 2, second half provides institutional resources in different regions for potential sales at a fluent level 4.  Farming Level: intermediate. Key words: pricing, marketing, business planning.

NFDP Land Handouts

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Handouts from Grow NYC's New Farmer Development Program that address finding land, legal issues, valuable resources, and intake forms.

NFDP-Marketing

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Approximately 40 pages of curriculum, handouts, worksheets and presentations designed to teach marketing to new farmers developed by the New Farmer Development Project of Grow NYC.

NIFTI Fact Sheet: Advocacy Guide

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Tips for advocating for beginning farmers in local food policy. This fact sheet is based off a webinar that New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Johns Hopkins Food Policy Network hosted in July 2017. The webinar explored how local food policy efforts can raise awareness of the needs of beginning farmers and create conditions favorable to help new farm businesses succeed. Advocates from three organizations described their recent initiatives and successes to support beginning farmers and provided tips on how to make the next generation of farmers and ranchers a policy priority. This fact sheet summarizes the shared tips. 

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