New American Resources

This section comprises resources targeting beginning refugee farmers and those who provide them training and technical assistance.

New Entry started the first beginning farmer refugee incubator in 1998.  Since then more than 60 incubators for refugees have spread across the country.  Most participating refugees bring with them varied experience with food production and a passion for farming, but in most cases their native language(s) are not English, and many have limited or interrupted formal education and may be unfamiliar with some classroom skills we take for granted.

In tandem, refugee farming service providers have few materials for training and technical assistance (T&TA) available for their programs, because almost all resources, even those designed for (other) beginning farmers, employ the written word and English language. Relatively few materials as such have been designed for refugee audiences. 

ISED Solutions and many local incubators working with refugees have been compiling and developing appropriate resources, designed to be accessed and adapted by any interested providers and/or farmers who find them relevant.  A majority of the resources included here are directed towards service providers who deliver T&TA to refugee audiences, although some farmers themselves may find them accessible. Some of these were developed by individual projects over the years, and many of those are being enhanced with additional guidance for other projects that may want to use them.  In addition, ISED and partners have been developing new ‘modules’ for similar use by refugee-serving providers for T&TA.  These various resources are sorted into categories, and are also searchable use the identifiers provided on this page.

Food Safety

This users guide will help the trainer to deliver one 4-hour training session, or two 2-hour training sessions with staff and farmers. This training guide will support incubator farm staff as they prepare facilities to meet food safety standards and train farmers on food safety procedures. This teaching resource was developed by Global Growers in Atlanta, Georgia in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on this lesson, which is now integrated throughout the guide.

Teaching Methodology

Curriculum development

This handbook is for staff providing training and technical assistance (T&TA) in immigrant and refugee farmer-training programs. This foundational and practical handbook provides basic explanations of certain teaching theories, as well as tips for applying them in the design and delivery of T&TA. This handbook was developed by Dani M. Scherer M. Ed. with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Twelve refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on the content of this guide.

Production Skills

This guide helps trainers deliver a series of trainings or activities to refugee farmers on season extension in temperate regions. The trainings were designed as a package, but each session or activity can be done independently. Graphics can be used both during and after the activities.This teaching resource was developed by Global Garden in Chicago, Illinois in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on this lesson, which is now integrated throughout the guide.

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