National Incubator Farm Training Initiative

New Entry's National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) provides comprehensive one-on-one consulting, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for dozens of organizations throughout North America.

NIFTI can help your project get started or provide tools and support for established land-based beginning farmer training programs. NIFTI was started in early 2012 and is a collaboration between New Entry, the Intervale Center, the Minnesota Food Association, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Cultivating Community, and the International Rescue Committee. With our combined decades if experience, NIFTI and our network of experts can make sure you never have to reinvent the wheel.

Is your Incubator Farm Project in need of free Technical Assistance? Fill out an Intake Form!

NIFTI's services include:

Download a complete list of NIFTI's outcomes during its 2012-2013 pilot phase.

If your organization would like to receive technical assistance or other support from NIFTI, or you would like your organization to appear on the national farm incubator map, please fill out the NIFTI Intake Form.

Thanks to our generous program sponsors most of NIFTI's services are free of charge, and all others are available on a sliding scale. Contact us with your specific needs and we can discuss options for tailoring your technical assistance.

For more information about New Entry's National Incubator Farm Training Initiative, contact Brianna Bowman, National Technical Assistance Coordinator, at, or by phone at 207-939-1133.


Upcoming NIFTI Events

8.4.15 // 1:00pm to 2:30pm

NIFTI Webinar 13: Incubator Farm Project Policies and Guidelines

Join NIFTI in a conversation with leaders from three Incubator Farm Projects from across the country about the policies and guidelines that define, direct and reinforce their work. Topics to be covered are: Origin of Policies & Guidelines Pre-requisites for Participation Required Documents Land Assignment and Expansion Farmer vs. Program Responsibilities Timeframe for Incubation Transitioning Farmers off the Incubator Process for Handling Violations Program Structure in Support of Mission Presenters include: Robin Chanin, Executive Director, Global Growers Network Maggie Donin, Beginning Farmer Specialist, The Intervale Center Katie Kubovcik, Training Program Manager, Minnesota Food Association