5th Annual NIFTI National Field School
5th Annual NIFTI National Field School

5th Annual NIFTI National Field School

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Weber's Inn

3050 Jackson Ave

Ann Arbor, MI

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Each year, the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) National Field School provides an opportunity for Incubator Farm Project staff from across the country to gather, share best practices, and troubleshoot common challenges.

The 5th NIFTI National Field School will include workshops, skills-based trainings, and discussions designed to critically examine the Incubator Farm as a model of beginning farmer training, and to grow the professional skills of IFP staff nationwide. The first two days of the conference are dedicated to workshops and discussion, and the third day will include farm tours of local Incubator Farm Projects. 

Join us for an educational and engaging three days in Ann Arbor, MI on October 25-27th.

The agenda for the 2016 Field School is still being finalized. Some of the topics that will be included are:

                                                                         Access to Land


                                                                    Business Planning

                                                                    Farmer Leadership

                                                                   Metrics & Evaluation

                                                         Incubator Community Management

                                                               Marketing and Distribution

Registration Includes:

Attendance at all NIFTI National Field School Events

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Day 1

Transportation to the reception at Arbor Brewing on Day 1

Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2

Lunch on Day 3

Transportation to/from Incubator Farm Projects on Day 3

Registration Does Not Include:

Transportation to/from Detroit Metropolitan Airport

                Recommended airport transportation options:

                Shuttle Reservations are cost effective for groups.

                Public Airport Transport to Downtown Ann Arbor & Taxi or Uber to Weber's Inn.

                Once registration for the Field School closes, we will circulate a spreadsheet to facilitate the planning                 of shared airport transportation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After the Farm Tour, attendees will have the option of being dropped off in Lansing, MI, dropped off at the Detroit airport free of charge or returning to the hotel.

Ground Transportation in Ann Arbor Days 1 & 2



All conference events, excluding the reception on October 25th, will take place at Weber's Inn. Guests are encouraged to stay on site at the discounted rate of $129/night, and reservations can be made here using the group code NESFP102016. Reservations may also be secured by calling Weber's at (734) 769-2500 and mentioning the event. 


Brianna Bowman

National Technical Assistance Coordinator



We can't wait to see you in Ann Arbor!

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Weber's Inn

3050 Jackson Ave

Ann Arbor, MI

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