New American Farmer Teaching Resources

Refugee farmerThese tools have brought together the best practices in the country for refugee and immigrant farmer education.”

-Nick Wuertz, Director of Refugee Community Services at Lutheran Services in Iowa

See and search the over 60 training and technical assistance (T&TA) resources (below), primarily for New American audiences and the programs that serve them. New Americans include refugees, asylees, and immigrants who are part of the current and next generation of beginning farmers in the U.S. and Canada.

This resource library is the result of a 3-year partnership between ISED Solutions and 18 beginning farmer incubators, through a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Educational Enhancement initiative titled Educational Tools and Methods for Beginning Refugee & Immigrant Farmers. Our intent has been to develop and share resources that facilitate high quality instruction and hands-on assistance using a combination of carefully-designed tools and techniques. These resources can be freely downloaded and used as is, or adapted to meet the specific capacities and priorities of a specific program or setting. These teaching resources and handbook are appropriate to use with any beginning farmer audiences whose learning needs and styles vary because of education, language, literacy, and/or cultural factors. ISED expresses gratitude to all the partners who shared in the development of these resources. Individuals and organizations involved in specific resource development are identified within.

Browse resources by category:


Background Material
Training for Farmers
Training for Trainers


Guides and Manuals
Lessons and Workshops
Training Tools and Handouts


Business Planning
Crop Planning
Curriculum Development
Farmer Assessment and Goal Setting
Farmers Market
Food Safety
Introduction to the Incubator
Leadership Development
Organic Farming
Pest Management
Production Skills
Record Keeping and Financial Planning
Soil Fertility Management
Teaching Methodology
Weed Management