Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library

The Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library is a compilation of materials to assist beginning farmer and rancher training programs to conduct evaluation.

This Resource Library was created as part of the Gaining Results through Evaluation Work (GREW) project, funded through a US Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant. This project supports the development of strong, effective and long-lasting farmer and rancher training programs so that beginning farmers enter the field of farming and establish successful farm businesses.

This library contains hundreds of resources focused on running effective and thorough program evaluations collected by the GREW team. Some resources focus explicitly on farming projects and others provide more general program evaluation instruction. You can use the topic of interest buttons below to search for the types of materials of interest or you can type a search directly “I’m looking for…” bar.

Please visit again – more resources will be added regularly.

If you have a resource you would like to see, have a resource you’d like to share, or have any feedback about the Resource Library, please contact nesfp@tufts.edu.

Source: New Entry/Intervale

This webianr provides and overview of what NIFTI is, the University of Vermont New Farmer Project, Metrics and evlaution of Incubator and Mentor farms, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, and the NIFTI toolkit.

Source: New Entry Programs Diagram

This is a diagram representing New Entry’s Farmer Training Program showing the progression from a workshop to “Explore Farming” to our efforts to transition farmers transition off the incubator to their own land. Services in the form of our food hub, workshops, and technical assistance are provided on an ongoing basis alongside core program offerings. While the number of individuals reached through these offerings decreases along the pathway towards becoming an established farmer, the significance of the impact of these programs increases resulting in new sustainable farmers and a more resilient food system.

Source: New Entry

This multi-level survey tool is designed to assist IFPs in identifying and evaluating core non-production skills by focusing on outcomes necessary for farmers to run their own farm businesses after graduating from the IFP.

Source: Michigan State University Extension

"This article describes an innovative evaluation plan we employed to capture outcomes of a multiyear beginning farmer program and, specifically, highlights the facilitation technique we used to document short-term and intermediate goals of the program that matched U.S. Department of Agriculture grant requirements and Extension administration priorities."

Source: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program

This report describes the evaluation findings for the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) Past Participant Survey in March 2016. The VBFRC aimed to understand how the attitudes and farming practices of participants in VBFRC Whole Farm Planning Programs of 2012-2015 have changed since completing their programs. The VBFRC Whole Farm Planning Programs provide farmers with a range of classroom-based workshops, farm tours, field instruction, and networking opportunities using a holistic approach to farm planning. The five areas of whole farm planning included in the curriculum are: Introduction to Whole Farm Planning, Marketing, Business Management, Land Tenure, and Sustainable Farming Practices. Citation: Mark, Allyssa, Tiffany A. Drape, Kim Niewolny & Natalie Cook. 2016. VBFRCP Past Participant Survey Report. Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program. Blacksburg, Virginia.

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