Through the Bringing New Farmers to the Table project, we have posted some new resources for folks working on establishing new incubator farms (here) as well as new resources for beginning farmers developed by our partners, including a web-based NC focused tool for developing a farm business plan and a workbook (under PLANNING FOR A NEW ENTERPRISE here ).
As a reminder, we also have developed (and recently updated) a New Farmer Toolbox loaded with resources gathered from across North Carolina and the nation, supporting farmers on the business side of farming. It includes resources and tolls on business planning, accessing capital and credit, marketing and more. At www.ncnewfarmers.org, click on New Farmer Toolbox.
To join the ncincubatorfarmnetwork listserv:
1) go to this link (http://lists.ncsu.edu/cgi-bin/mj_wwwusr)
2) type in ncincubatorfarmnetwork beside ‘Search for a mailing list.’
3) enter your email address and name at the bottom of the page that opens.
From our friends at the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project:
The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) has a national listserv for incubator farms that you can access through their website.
“The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) is proud to release the first edition of “The Farm Incubator Toolkit”; a comprehensive guide to planning and operating land-based beginning farmer training programs.
This 170+ page document brings together current data on incubator projects, checklists for project development, case studies from farm incubators across the country, and links to dozens of documents and resources to help make your farm incubator a reality or improve your existing project’s operations.
NIFTI now also offers a searchable database with over 175 documents including sample curricula, lease templates, application forms, business planning and record keeping tools, and much, much more. If you have resources you would like to add to the database, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative and how we can support your work, visit our website at www.nesfp.org/nifti.”