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2018 NIFTI Field School Agenda and Presentation Session Descriptions

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Agenda and session descriptions for 2018 NIFTI Field School, Boulder, CO

November 5-7, 2018

How to Prepare for the WFRP Application: A Guide for Trainers and Farm Advisors

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Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a complex and potentially everchanging partnership between the federal government and private crop insurance providers. This module provides a general orientation to WFRP for trainers, links to resources that will allow trainers to access up-to-date information, and guidelines on how to introduce beginning refugee farmers to WFRP. It is suggested that trainers seek to make refugee farmers aware of the potential benefits and costs of WFRP (Activities 1 and 2), and to provide additional technical assistance and advocacy only for those farmers who choose to learn more and/or apply for WFRP. Farmers who are not proficient and literate in English should not attempt to purchase WFRP without the support of a trusted, bilingual advocate who can insure that the farmer understands all of a WFRP policy’s provisions and requirements.

NIFTI Fact Sheet: Considerations for High Tunnel Design and Construction

NIFTI Fact Sheet: Considerations for High Tunnel Design and Construction. Compiled from 2017 NIFTI Listserv Contributions.

Recordkeeping 2: Harvest and Post-Harvest Records for FSMA Compliance

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This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm recordkeeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English and/or low literacy skills. It covers the reasons for and benefits of keeping good records for harvest and post-harvest activities, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Crop Insurance 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance

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Guided discussion draws on farmers’ traditional strategies for dealing with catastrophic crop failures to introduce the concept of crop insurance. Participants are introduced to basic concepts and vocabulary related to insurance. USDA’s Whole Farm Revenue Protection is introduced through a discussion of its purpose and benefits.

Crop Insurance 2: Introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

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Participants will review costs and benefits of WFRP crop insurance and learn about eligibility, the application process, required farming practices and record keeping. They will be advised on where to find assistance with accessing information about WFRP, decision making, program application, compliance, and, when appropriate, collecting payments. Trainers may need to begin by reviewing what was learned about Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), from Module 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance. This teaching resource was developed by Linda Seyler of Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Cover Crops 2: How to Select Cover Crops & How to Track the Benefits of Cover Cropping

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This guide can be used by trainers who want to assist pre-literate and/or English-as a second language-speaking farmers with including cover crops in vegetable production and other crop rotation schedules. It leads farmers through the process of sorting through the characteristics of specific cover crops to select the best one or mix of cover crops to meet their goals. It introduces farmers to a series of questions that they can answer throughout the growing season to evaluate the performance of the cover crops they have planted. Worksheets are provided so that trainers can assist farmers with this evaluation and with recording the results. Some data is specific to the Southeast region of the United States, but links to resources where data appropriate to other regions can be accessed are provided.This teaching resource was developed by Lauren Bailey of The Nashville Food Project in Nashville, TN in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Cover Crops 1: Which Cover Crops Will You Use?

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This guide can be used by trainers who want to assist pre-literate and/or English- as a second language-speaking farmers with including cover crops in vegetable production and other crop rotation schedules. It covers three major types of cover crops (mustards, legumes, and ‘other’), and the potential benefits and costs of cover crops. It leads farmers through the process of identifying what they want to accomplish via cover cropping, assists them with identifying opportunities within their production schedule for insertion of cover crops, and assists farmers with selecting the cover crop or mixture of cover crops which best match their needs and goals. Some data is specific to the Southeast region of the United States, but links to resources where data appropriate to other regions can be accessed are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Lauren Bailey of The Nashville Food Project in Nashville, TN in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit

Developed by the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, this toolkit is a comprehensive guide to establishing or improving an agricultural apprenticeship on your farm or ranch. This resouces includes tools, suggestions, and external links to supplementary resources. 

Rogue Farm Corps On-Farm Evaluation

Allows both the apprentice and mentor to evaluate apprentice progress in various domains on a 5 point scale. There is also a section for comments to be completed by the mentor.

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