NIFTI & AgALN FIELD School

2022 National FIELD School - NIFTI and AgALN

Register TODAY and join us October 24 - 26, 2022 - Seattle, WA.

We are excited to offer the 11th Annual National FIELD School in Seattle, Washington with our co-hosts, Viva Farms and Organic Farm School!  We are eager to be back in person for the first time since 2019, so plan to be there and network with your peers across the country.  We look forward to being in community and reunite to learn, share, and gain new skills and connections to improve our incubator and apprenticeship training programs.  

The proposed 2022 FIELD School schedule will be organized as follows:

Monday, October 24th - 8 am start:  FIELD Trips to Viva Farms in the Skagit Valley and Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island followed by an evening Networking Session at a hip local venue.  Charter bus will be provided and leaves from and returns to the Pioneer Square hotel.

Tuesday, October 25th - 9 am start:  Workshops and Open Space sessions., closing at 5:30 pm (dinner on own).

Wednesday, October 26th - 9 am start:  Workshops, Policy Plenary, and Closing by 5 pm.

Detailed session descriptions can be accessed in the Program Book based on the schedule below.

 

Our FIELD School will be held at Centro de la Raza, a social justice organization meaning “The Center for the People of All Races.” We are excited to be holding space in a community-based organization that invites all people to continue the struggle for a better world by serving, educating, defending and organizing each other to build the “beloved community.”  The meeting venue is located several Metro stops from Pioneer Square (not at the hotel).

The deadline for submitting workshop proposals has passed, but if you are interested in facilitating an Open Space discussion session, please email Jennifer Hashley.

Register today!

FIELD School - 2022 Pricing is as follows:

3-day all-inclusive (includes field trips, networking reception, conference sessions, lunches both days, coffee breaks and snacks):  $375. 

Registration closes on Friday, October 20, so don't delay!

Other, ala carte registration options:

1-day registration (includes lunch):  $185

2-day registration (includes lunch): $265

Field Trip + Reception:  $75

Field Trip only (Monday, Oct 24):  $45

Reception only (Monday, Oct 24):  $35

For Hotel Reservations, we are reserving discounted rooms at the Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel Downtown, 77 Yesler Way, Seattle, Washington 98104-2530.  Please call the Hotel directly at (206) 340-1234 to make your reservation, provide the code:  FIELD School for 10% off the current daily rate (avg $170/night), this includes a free continental breakfast.  Parking at the hotel is $25/night.  If the rooms at Best Western are filled, you are welcome to make a reservation at the nearby Citizen M Pioneer Square hotel, less than a block away.

COVID Protocols:  We will be following Tufts University's COVID-19 protocols for travel and affiliates. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy!  More FIELD-School specific COVID details will be emailed to registered participants.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Hashley for more information and to learn more about how you can support and sponsor the conference!

For scholarships to support registration costs, please respond to this scholarship application form by the deadline of September 16th.

Prior National FIELD Schools

We host the National Field School in a different community each year.  We move the annual conferences across the country to create regional equity and to experience and honor the land and climates where our networks of apprenticeship and incubator farmers thrive.  We annually bring together over 45-60 organizations from almost every US state (and Canada) to participate in workshops, breakout and open space sessions, goal setting and networking opportunities. Peer-to-peer sharing informs beginning farmer trainers about how they run successful incubator and apprenticeship training programs.  Folks gather ideas for their farms and programs, and spent time building relationships with people passionate about our collective work.  We also host field trips to local incubator and apprenticeship projects to see programs' land-based facilities, farm/ranch operations, and to learn together how each incubator farm and apprenticeship training program is unique.  We often hear from farmer participants during these tours to get a holistic perspective on participants' involvement in the programs.

2021: COVID continued..so we hosted our 10th annual FIELD School in partnership with the 5th National Farm Viability Conference.  The National Farm Viability Conference is a biennial event that is focused on strengthening farm sustainability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups through to generational businesses. The conference offers professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management the opportunity to learn from and with colleagues, develop new skills, and connect with farm viability professionals from across the country. We incorporated our FIELD School sessions relevant to incubator farm and apprenticeship training programs within a diverse track of excellent workshops throughout the month-long virtual National Farm Viability Conference during October 2021. FIELD School attendees took advantage of our incubator and apprenticeship-focused professional development workshops and enjoyed access to 75 other conference sessions and networking opportunities with the 400 attendees who participated in the event. 

2020:  The year of COVID-19!  We held our 9th annual FIELD School virtually in collaboration with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's 35th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference.  The National FIELD School “Track” included an informative lineup of incubator and apprenticeship training program-focused workshops throughout the multi-day conference for participants.  We also hosted “meetups”, facilitated discussion sessions, virtual farm tours, and staffed a virtual “trade show” table where participants learned more about the newly emerging FIELD Network (the combination of our NIFTI and AgALN national networks)!  See the 2020 schedule of workshops and link to session recordings (purchase required). Over 250 unique participants attend the National FIELD School in 2020, the virtual format allowed even more participants to attend, learn from one another, and share best practices to improve land-based, experiential farmer/rancher training programs.  Special thanks to our 2020 National FIELD School planning team:  Beth LaShell, Ft. Lewis College; Matt Gordon, Rogue Farm Corps, Clare Reisman, UCSC CASFS Agroecology Apprenticeship Program; Leah Ricci, Quivira Coalition, and Aaron Newton, Steward.

2019:  We held our 8th annual and first ever combined NIFTI & AgALN Field Schools in Ithaca, NY, hosted by New Entry and The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.  We held two conference tracks:  one for incubator farm programs and one for apprenticeship training programs.  Incubator programs visited Groundswell Center's Incubator Farm in Ithaca, NY and RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self Empowerment) SYRAP program in Syracuse, NY.  The Apprenticeship Programs visited Kingbird Farm and Northland Sheep Dairy.   View the 2019 Conference Brochure and Workshop Descriptions.

2018: The 7th annual NIFTI network Field School was held in Boulder, CO hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens and Ft. Lewis College (Old Fort at Hesperus Incubator Program) with site visits to Poudre Valley Community Farms, 5 Fridges Farm, Denver Green School, and The GrowHaus.

The 2nd Annual AgALN Annual Gathering was held in Albequerque, NM hosted by Quivira Coalition with site visits to Grow the Growers and Chispas Farm

2017:  The 6th annual NIFTI Field School was held in CA at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA with a site visit to ALBA (Association of Land-Based Training) in Salinas, CA.

The 1st annual AgALN Annual Gathering was held in Boston, MA hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project as a pre-conference to our first national Community Food Systems Conference.  We also hosted a launch meeting for the AgALN Network at Paicines Ranch in CA earlier in the year.

2016:  The 5th annual NIFTI Field School was held in Ann Arbor, MI with site visits to Tillian Farm Development Center and Lansing Roots.

2015: The 4th annual NIFTI Field School was held in Chapel Hill, NC hosted by MDC, Inc. with site visits to Transplanting Traditions and Breeze Incubator Farm.

2014: The 3rd annual NIFTI Field School was held in Portland, OR hosted by EcoTrust with site visits to Headwaters Farm Incubator Program and Refugee Gardens (Mercy Corps NW).

2013: The 2nd annual NIFTI Field School was held at The Forest in Marine on St. Croix, MN hosted by The Food Group (formerly The Minnesota Food Association) with a site visit to Big River Farms.

2012: The 1st annual NIFTI Field School was held in Lowell, MA hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, with site visits to New Entry and the Intervale Center in Burlington, VT