Welcome to the NAFSN TOOLBOX


The NAFSN Toolbox provides links to invaluable resources that can assist professional practitioners, applied researchers, faculty, and students in the conduct of their work as well as their career development.


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• Education and Training Opportunities — professional development programs around North America


• Fellowships for Food Systems Professionals — funding opportunities for professionals wishing to expand their horizons


 Improving Communication Skills — tune up these skills with this collection of best practices on the Web


• Job Opportunities — find a new career in agriculture development using this group of job websites 


• Professional Associations — join and contribute to your field


 Professional Recognition Awards — add to your résumé or curriculum vita


• Salary Data — compare your salary. Are you being paid what you are worth?


• Working with Consultants — how to make the most of this critical relationship






• Angel Networks — investment groups that have expressed interest in the food and agriculture industry


• Corporate Grants and Loans — corporations that contribute to agriculture and food systems work


• Federal Grants and Loans — a list of the major USDA funding sources


• Foundation Grants — foundations that support agriculture and food systems work







• Basics of Statistics — don’t be below average in preparing and presenting descriptive statistics


• Cool Data Sources — for proposals, articles, reports, and research


• Evaluation and Impact Analysis Tools — are you achieving what you hope to achieve?


• Feasibility Studies — does the project make sense? How likely is it to get off the ground?


• Food Systems Infrastructure Maps — for proposals, articles, reports, and research


• Project and Literature Databases— don’t reinvent the wheel! Do your homework first!


• Research Techniques — how to conduct an interview, survey, or focus group







 Degree Programs in Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture — programs around the U.S. and world


• Scholarships and Fellowships — funding sources to support your education in food and agriculture







• Collaborative Marketing Approaches


• Farmland Protection Organizations and Publications


• Policy and Planning Strategies


• Program Development


• Value Chains Organizations and Publications






• GROWING HOME — A Guide to Reconnecting Agriculture, Food, and Communities


• Local Food and Farming Widgets — add these local food search tools to your website




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