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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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About NAFSN

NAFSN is fostering a community of professional practice and supports the work of any individuals, agencies, and organizations that focus on agriculture and food issues in a community development context — from farmland protection or beginning farmer programs, to value-chain development, urban agriculture, food security and public education. Learn more about becoming a member!  

 

 

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NATIONAL PARTNERS

 

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

 

TRANSITION TEAM (sunsetted in 2016)

 

STEERING COMMITTEE (sunsetted in 2016)

 

WORKING GROUP (sunsetted in 2015)

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Professional Recognition Awards — add to your résumé or curriculum vita

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

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

Education and Training Opportunities — professional development programs around North America

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

Professional Associations — join and contribute to your field

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

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

 

 

PROJECT FUNDING SOURCES

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

APPLIED RESEARCH TOOLS

 

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

- 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?

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

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

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

 

 

FOR STUDENTS

 

- 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

- Agriculture and Food System Development Job Listings — a collection of the best job sites on the Web for students and recent grads

 

 

PROGRAM CONTENT RESOURCES

 

- Policy and Planning Strategies

- Collaborative Marketing Approaches

- Value Chains Organizations and Publications

- Farmland Protection Organizations and Publications

- Program Development

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

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

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

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