National Field School

2018 NIFTI National Field School
November 5-7, 2018  
Millennium Harvest Hotel, Boulder, CO

Now Accepting Sponsorships!

We are seeking sponsorships for the NIFTI Field School. Sponsorships will help support farm field trips and scholarships for selected attendees. Your contribution will help provide support and resources to organizations around the country who are working to train beginning farmers. 

For more information, please contact Courtney Spivey at

Register HERE!

Last day to register is Oct 26 by Midnight EST!

The 7th annual NIFTI National Field School supports professional development and network building for Incubator Farm Project staff from across the country. The Field School is intended to provide interactive workshops, facilitated resource review sessions and regional networking and goal-setting opportunities. Farm tours and site visits of incubator farm projects and farmer training programs and initiatives in the Boulder/Denver area will be incorporated into the Field School experience. 

Reserve your room at the Millenium Harvest Hotel! Our block room rate is $130/night and includes hot breakfast. Rooms are held at this rate until October 6, or until the block sells out. After the block sells out, the group rate is subject to availability. If you are calling in your reservation, please use code '1811NIFTIS'. 

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training (November 8) and Train-the-Trainer (November 8 + 9)

Please note: very limited spots available! 

NIFTI Field School attendees have a special opportunity to take part in a very affordable PSA Training after the Field School on November 8 + 9 in Boulder, Colorado. Grower Training is required for producers if their operations are covered under the Produce Safety Rule, more information can be found here. The Train-the-Trainer Course requires attendees to attend both days (Nov 8 + 9), even if attendees have previously taken the Grower Training course. Completing the Train-the-Trainer course allows you to deliver curriculum modules as a trainer in a PSA Grower Training, under the direction of a PSA Lead Trainer. More information is available here. Registration for these events is an optional add-on as part of the NIFTI Field School registration

Field School Schedule of Events

Monday, November 5th–A full day of farm field trips and an evening reception at Denver Botanic Gardens (8am-7pm)

Tuesday and Wednesday November 6 + 7– Two full days (8am-5pm) of engaging discussions, workshops, and resource showcases related to incubator farming

A draft agenda is available below. Please note that tweaks and changes may still take place, but the draft agenda gives a great overview of the diversity of talks we will be offering and a timeline of the three days. 



What people are saying about previous NIFTI National Field Schools:

“Really excellent - well planned -well executed - and a lot of fun!”

“This is the premier professional development event that I attend annually. There really isn't anything else out there that I've participated in that so closely speaks to my work and the goal of farmer development.”

“It is definitely my favorite conference that I attend each year!”

“Honestly, this is the best professional development event that I have attended. It was most relevant and constructive to the very uniqueness of an incubator farm project - which isn't just about crop production or marketing (like you see at most other conferences), but an entire sphere in itself.”

“There was a very positive and communal vibe to these professionals coming together. This sets the Field School apart, the willingness and desire to learn from each other.”


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