New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Plain Language Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in MA

In this Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in Massachusetts, written in Plain Language, you will learn about:

•Determining the right kind of farmland for you
•Deciding what type of land tenure situation is right for you
•Starting the networking process
•Conducting farmland site visits
•Understanding your land by using the Web Soil Survey and other online information tools
•Negotiating with landowners and signing an agreement to use the land
•Beginning to farm your land!

3-#1 Marketing and Sales Lesson Plan 2010

This lesson plan assists trainers in teaching new farmers marketing and sales skills including marketing options, marketing research, and applying marketing research to business plans.

Asian Vegetable Guide

PDF Booklet introducing farmers to common Asian crops. Includes pictures, history, common uses, and sample recipes for each crop. All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginner. Literacy Level: High. Keywords: asian vegetables, recipes, cultural sensitivity, amaranth, bok choy, chinese broccoli, celery, chrysanthemum, garlic chives, mustard greens, napa cabbage, pea tendrils, taro leaves, yau choy, water spinach, asian basil, cilantro, lemongrass, asian cucumber, bitter melon, fuzzy melon, asian squash, daikon radish, japanese eggplant, kermit eggplant, pumpkin blossoms, thai hot peppers, yard long beans

African Crops Guide

PDF Booklet introducing farmers to common African crops.  Includes pictures, history, common uses, and sample recipes for each crop.  All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginner. Literacy Level: High.  Keywords: african vegetables, recipes, cultural sensitivity, Amaranth, cabbage, cassava, collard greens, african eggplant, groundnut, huckleberry, kale, kittely, mustard greens, okra, palava sauce, jute greens, pursland, spinach, peppers, sweet potato greens, tomato, yam, yard long bean

Methodology for Refugee Adult Education

A presentation from the 2015 NIFTI National Field School by Dani Scherer from ISED Solutions. 

Delivering training and technical assistance with literacy-level English-language-learning refugee farmers is a learned skill set and requires a retraining of many of the educational methods and modes many of us fall back on. This workshop will revolve around a simple workshop planning tool which will allow us to explore what it means to teach in a way that is responsive, appropriately leveled and culturally relevant. Touching on adult learning theory, language and literacy categorization, and sequencing of activities, you will create learning objectives and assessment activities that allow you to incorporate farmer knowledge, see evidence of learning, and select for the appropriate amount of content. While some of the information in this workshop is designed for those working with literacy-level English language learning refugees, the theories, instructional shifts and design tools presented are simply good practice and professional development for all educators working in beginning farmer training programs.

The Sustainable Agriculture Skills Workbook

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This workbook, in its first edition, is currently being used in a pilot program by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project as a tool for participatory goal setting and skills assessment/development.

Updates and revisions will be made based on participant feedback at the conclusion of the pilot program.

For more information on using this tool, please contact Nora Saks

 

 

Best Practices for Farming Multiple Plots

This guide is written for individuals who want to start farming, but who do not have access to a large plot of contiguous land. This guide covers specific factors you need to think about when renting multiple parcels of land from other people, including advantages and disadvantages to this type of land tenure and how your farm business can be successful in the long term. This guide also provides examples of other farmers who are successfully farming on multiple small plots. You may benefit from this guide if you:

• Are interested in farming but do not want to leave your community
• Are interested in learning about how to farm without owning land
• Have an idea of what kind of farm business you would like to start but would like more information on how to access land

This guide will help you answer the following questions:

• Who is farming multiple plots?
• What do you need to farm multiple plots and what do these farms look like?
• What do multiple plot farming agreements look like?
• How can you finance your multiple plot farm?
• What kind of challenges might come up in a multiple plot farming setup?

NIFTI Guide to Metrics and Evaluation for Farm Incubators

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The NIFTI Guide to Metrics and Evaluation for Farm Incubator Projects provides the staff of land-based beginning farmer training programs with the knowledge, tools, and resources to create rigorous evaluation protocols for their organizations. With suggestions, guidelines, and over 65 pages of appendices including sample surveys, class evaluations, and more, compiled with the help of dozens of farm incubators throughout North America, this guide will help you tell the world all about the amazing and impactful work you do supporting new and beginning farmers.

NIFTI Rental Agreements Fact Sheet

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A quick overview of how Farm Incubator Projects establish rental fees for their program participants.

NIFTI Fundraising Fact Sheet for Incubators

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A short guide to fundraising for farm incubator projects based on contributions to the NIFTI list serve in 2013. Discusses various possibilities for creative funding avenues, and some general tips for raising funds from donors, foundations, and the general public.

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