Training for Trainers

Apprentice Host Evaluation

This tool, developed by Vilicus Farms, is used for apprentice and manager performance evaluation. The tool facilitates evaluation of the apprentice and host farm, from the perspective of both the apprentice and the mentor.

Motivations for Becoming an On-Farm Mentor

A worksheet developed by the New England Small Fams Institute which lists the motivations for becoming a mentor, which can be ranked by a prospective mentor. This serves as a tool for a farmer to assess their desire and need for an apprenticeship program.

Unity College-MOFGA Partnership: Internship and 3 Credits

Describes the partnership between Unity College and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Associatoin - allowing apprentices working with MOFGA to earn academic credit. Certain academic coursework must be completed alongside the apprenticeship hours.

Recent Trends in Department of Labor Enforcement of Federal Wage and Hour Laws

This brief, prepated by Drummond and Wilson, reviews current trends in Wage and Hour enforcement and reviews differences in types of labor performed on a farm, and what qualifies as agricultural work.

Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

This fact sheet, published by the United States Department Of Labor, defines employment under the The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and outlines what conditions must be met for an intern to qualify as unpaid. The fact sheet further discusses factors that need to be considered by “for-profit” internship programs.

NIFTI Framework for Shared Measurement

This multi-level survey tool is designed to assist IFPs in identifying and evaluating core non-production skills by focusing on outcomes necessary for farmers to run their own farm businesses after graduating from the IFP. NIFTI’s hope is that this specific tool can support your project in providing the best opportunities for success possible for your participants during the time you have with them, and gently guide your project towards measuring a set of core skills that have been determined to be of particular importance to successful commercial farmers. Our vision is that IFP’s can focus their training on core skills that are realistically achievable given time and resource constraints, and work to connect participants with the mentors and communities that will supplement learning on the IFP and support them as they grow.


The calculator tool, also available below, can be used by program staff to aggregate individual farmer responses in order to complete the Incubator Farm Project Report

Best Practices in New American Farmer Training


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These best practices are the result of a collaborative process between ten New American farmer training programs. Over a three year period, these programs implemented new teaching resources and methods. These practices represent effective and relevant teaching practices for farmer training with farmers with educationally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

A Curriculum at a Glance with Core Skills


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This document lists the newly developed and enhanced teaching resource created for projects working with New American farmers, and includes an overview of the core skills taught in that lesson. Core skills refer to concepts and skills that are central to farmer training programs. The teaching resources reference here were developed collaboratively by the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions) and 18 refugee farmer training programs across the country. 

Experiential Teaching Techniques


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This facilitator’s guide is intended to help the facilitator(s) lead a four-hour workshop for trainers or future trainers on experiential teaching techniques. Each participant receives the ‘participant’ version of this booklet, and participants and trainers move through the guides together throughout the training. This teaching resource was developed by International Rescue Committee in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on this lesson, which is now integrated throughout the guide.

Working with Interpreters


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This training of trainer’s workshop is designed for refugee farmer incubator interpreters and/or staff who work together to deliver trainings and technical assistance. It is also useful for outside service providers and partners (e.g. extension educators) who provide trainings with refugee farmers using interpreters. The two role-play activities can be used regularly when working with interpreters throughout the season. This teaching resource was developed by the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions)in collaboration with 18 refugee projects from around the country. Refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on this lesson, which is now integrated throughout the guide.


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