Training for Trainers

Refugee Agriculture 101


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Building new relationships for collaboration, funding or staffing often requires explaining what your program is and how it works. The refugee Ag. 101 packet aims to equip you with enough resources and ideas that you can adapt to your program and share with others.

Participatory Benchmarking Tool


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This guide shows trainers and staff how to use the benchmarking/competency tool with participants to assess skills, knowledge, and performance through self- and staff-administered assessments. You may use the provided materials and tools, or you may develop your own criteria/competencies as needed for your program. This teaching resource was developed by International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, VA 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.

Refugee Farmer Teaching Handbook


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This handbook is for staff providing training and technical assistance (T&TA) in immigrant and refugee farmer-training programs. This foundational and practical handbook provides basic explanations of certain teaching theories, as well as tips for applying them in the design and delivery of T&TA. This handbook was developed by Dani M. Scherer M. Ed. with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Twelve refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on the content of this guide.

Mainstreaming Beginning Farmers in Local Food Policy

This is the presentation from NIFTI Webinar 15, which explores how local food policy efforts can raise awareness of the needs of beginning farmers and create conditions favorable to help new farm businesses succeed. Advocates from three organizations will describe their recent initiatives and successes to support beginning farmers as well as provide tips on how to make the next generation of farmers and ranchers a policy priority.

Presenters include:
Eric Sannerud  & Matthew Fitzgerald , Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition
Annie Heuscher , Program Director, Food and Agriculture Coalition of Missoula County
Sydney Daigle & Kim Rush Lynch, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council

The Farm Incubator Tool Kit: Growing the Next Generation of Farmers

PDF Toolkit from NIFTI outlining how to create a farmer incubator program. All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Advanced. Literacy Level: High.

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.

Cultural Competency

Powerpoint presentation for trainers working cross culturally about cultural competency.  Workshop covers diversity, culture and how to work towards cultural competency.  Addresses topics such as bias and perceptual lens.  All Regions.  English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: n/a. Literacy Level: Advanced.  Key Words: culture, teaching, diversity, bias.

NIFTI Webinar #11– Record-keeping for Incubator Farms and Farmers

Join the National Incubator Farm Training (NIFTI) Initiative for a webinar on record keeping for incubator farms and farmers. Learn what other projects are tracking and how they're tracking it, and get insight into why gathering data on the farm is somehow never as easy as we think it'll be. We will have presentations from Stephen Paddock at the Vermont Small Business Development Center and Nikki Seibert at Lowcountry Local First.

NIFTI Webinar #10- Teaching Financial Literacy to Farmers

Join the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) to learn tools and best practices for teaching financial literacy to beginning farmers. Our presenters are Julia Shanks - Julia Shanks Food Consulting, and Gary Matteson – Farm Credit Council. The webinar will focus on practical strategies for teaching farmers how to manage the financial health of their businesses.

Site Management IRC presentation

Presentation slides from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) that tells the story of New Roots, which operates 4 incubator farms throughout the country. Presentation explains concepts of cultivating human diversity, neighborhood relations, embracing all perspectives, accountability, and community owned space.


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