Farmer Resource Library

New Entry's farmer library has hundreds of resources on sustainable farming, marketing, and operating a successful small business. Our physical library at our offices in Lowell, MA contains books, periodicals, pamphlets, and videos in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Khmer. You can also search the directory below for downloadable digital resources, helpful web sites, and online farming videos.

Please visit or call our office at 978-654-6745 if you can't find what you're looking for here. Sometimes we are out in the field, so it's best to let us know if you're planning on stopping by.

Financing A Farmland Purchase: Legal basics for traditional and non-traditional farmland purchases

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  • Video

Finding money to purchase land and capital is a huge issue for many farmers. Bank loans, land contracts (aka contracts for deed), and family financing offer some solutions. The legal language behind promissory notes, security agreements, land contracts, and mortgages isn’t just “boilerplate.” Farmers will learn the basics behind these documents. Farmers are also exploring new opportunities such as crowdsourcing funds from farm customers, friends, and members. To avoid costly fines, farmers must pay attention to the state and federal securities laws that affect these opportunities. This webinar will give farmers knowledge of the legal basics when financing farmland.

Finding Farmland: A Farmer's Guide to Working with Land Trusts

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  • Digital Download

The Farmer’s Guide to Working with Land Trusts is written for farmers, land trust staff, and farmer service providers. The guide gives an introduction to land trusts, explains how these groups can be powerful partners in a farmer’s search for affordable farmland, and provides detailed information about the process of working with a land trust.

Finding and securing land to farm is one of the biggest challenges that beginning farmers and ranchers face in starting a career in agriculture. Farmland prices are at a record high across the country and land has become increasingly unaffordable for farmers. The land surrounding our nation’s cities, where market opportunities are greatest for beginning farmers, is often the most difficult to access. This guidebook provides farmers with practical tools and resources for partnering with a land trust to access land.

The guide includes:
An introduction to land trusts and conservation easements
A toolbox of ways in which young farmers can partner with a land trust
A guide for reaching out to a land trust, with detailed steps and information about what to expect once you do
An overview of a typical land trust transaction, including a sample timeline and project budget
An appendix, which lists organizations that may be helpful partners in the process of working with a land trust

Handbook for Small-Scale Poultry Producer-Processors

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  • Digital Download

New Entry prepared a Handbook for Small-Scale Poultry Producer-Processors that describes how to apply for licensure to process poultry using a Massachusetts-inspected MPPU. Producers are encouraged to use the guide to understand basic requirements for MPPU use and licensure. The guide contains:

  • Overview of Massachusetts regulations regarding poultry processing
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Step-by-Step guidance on completing the Mass Slaughter License application
  • What to expect after completing the application
  • Regulatory Resources

For questions or clarification about the Handbook, or for technical assistance in completing your local and state approvals for MPPU use, please contact the New Entry office at 978-654-6745.

 

How to Begin Your Small Farm Dream

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  • Digital Download

This plain language guide is written for people who want to start a small farm business. This guide will help you think about the benefits and challenges of owning a farm before you begin, and will introduce you to services that will help you put your farm dream into action. 

In this guide, you will learn about:

  • Skills you need to start a small farm
  • Risks & rewards of owning a farm
  • Resources for investing in your farm
  • Making a farm business plan
  • Marketing your products

This guide was written for small farmers in the Northeast United States, but can certainly be used in other regions - just keep in mind that some of the example figures might be different in your area. 

Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Farm & Food Safety Management Guide

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  • Digital Download

A guide for small-scale poultry producers and processors using a Massachusetts-inspected mobile poultry processing unit (MPPU) or stationary on-farm facility. The guide was created by New Entry in partnership with the New England Small Farm Institute with input from Massachusetts state agencies, outlining the food safety and recordkeeping practices required of small-scale poultry processors operating under a slaughter license from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, including:

  • On-farm processing safe food handling plan
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Standard Operating and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs and SSOPs)
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan
  • Sample Daily Use Report Logs for Massachusetts poultry processors

For questions or clarification about the Handbook, or for technical assistance in completing your local and state approvals for MPPU use, please contact the New Entry office at 978-654-6745.

Summary of Results: New England Small Ruminant Producer Survey

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  • Digital Download

The New England Small Ruminant Working Group created and distributed a survey of New England sheep and goat farmers in order to better understand two questions:

  1. What are the most pressing IPM challenges for New England small ruminant producers?
  2. What is the scope of these challenges?

The survey also aimed to provide a better understanding of New England sheep and goat farmers' knowledge and adoption of IPM practices to address these challenges, especially related to internal parasites.

This document serves as a report on the state of IPM challenges and practices among New England small ruminant producers, summarizing survey results and incorporating the input and recommendations of Working Group members, including veterinarians, Extension and other farm service providers, and several sheep and goat farmers.

Written by Sam Anderson (Livestock Program Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project). Support from the Northeastern IPM Center

Webinar: Nuts and Bolts of Farmland Leasing

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  • Video

Join New Entry Sustainable Farming Project hosts this webinar discussing the basic practical details of farmland leasing. Learn about the benefits of farmland leasing, elements of a good lease, finding the “right” relationship with a land owner, and expectations of engaging legal help. Presenters include Kathy Ruhf at Land For Good, Elena Mihaly at Legal Services Food Hub, and Noelle Fogg at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

Webinar: The Farm Financial Calendar

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  • Video
  • Web Page

This webinar is designed to give you the tools to stay on track during the growing season. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and The Carrot Project give an overview of a new Financial Calendar tool. We dive into how the tool can help you stay organized with daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks. A successful beginning farmer is also on hand to help you adapt the calendar to your farm's needs and realities and create a personalized financial management calendar for your farm.

Click here to download the Farm Financial Calendar Tool.

 

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Webinar: Tools for Finding and Assessing Farmland

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  • Video

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Farmland Matching Service hosts this webinar on tools for finding and assessing farmland in New England. Learn about local and regional resources that can help you identify potential farmland and discover tools that can help you  identify key considerations for careful examination of a site, including conditions and variables that may affect the viability of your farm operation. Presenters include Kathy Ruhf at Land for Good, Ben Waterman at University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Noelle Fogg at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

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