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.

2017 Farm Employment Directory

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  • Digital Download

This 2017 version of our Farm Employment Directory lists area farms that may be hiring for farm workers for the 2017 season. Each farm has a page with contact information, details about the farm, best times to seek a job, types of positions and work typically offered, wage approximation, and other useful information.

A Farmers Legal Guide to Production Contracts

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  • Book

Educated yourself on the legal rules and issues that apply to production contracts for agricultural commodities. Learn the legal definitions for production contracts and walk through a section-by-section analysis of a production contract. Use this resource if you are considering diversifying or adding more profitable marketing options to your business.

Author: Neil D. Hamilton

1994

A Guide for Scaling Up Food Hubs

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  • Digital Download

A Guide for Scaling Up Food Hubs is intended to provide food hub leadership and staff with knowledge and tools to develop a successful strategy for expanding operations and increasing sales growth. The broad USDA definition of food hub encompasses a great diversity of organizations, including non-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises, ranging in scale from single-producer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) models to regional distribution networks of producers and buyers, with a variety of missions. Including the many types of organizations under one umbrella is useful because it allows diverse organizations to participate in a greater movement to develop resilient regional food systems. This guide documents lessons learned from the food hub literature and experience gathered in key informant interviews with management staff at selected food hubs in New England. These lessons will help food hub leaders weigh their options and develop their own marketing strategies for scaling up.

A Guide to Community Food Projects

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  • Digital Download

This guide was written by Maya Tauber and Andy Fisher and give an overview of the Community Food Projects grant program.

A Guide to Heat Stress in Agriculture

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  • Book

This guides provides information on how to protect agricultural workers from heat stress, with special emphasis on pesticide handlers. The contents include an introduction to heat stress, key elements and basic steps for controlling heat stress, and a program for controlling heat stress.

EPA

1993

A Guide to Insects and Related Pests of Floricultural Crops in New England

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  • Book

Learn about the management of many common insects and related pests of floricultural cops grown in glass and plastic houses in New England. It includes IPM of greenhouse florist crops, characteristics of an insect, the development of insects, pest identification, and descriptions and habits of major greenhouse pests and their damage.

U-Mass Cooperative Extension

1992

A Guide to Raising Pigs

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  • Book

This guide offers illustrated information about every aspect of pig raising. Some topics covered include:

  • Choosing the right breeds
  • Feeding and housing
  • Health maintenance and disease prevention
  • Breeding
  • Butchering and pork processing
  • Fitting and showing
  • Pig raising as a business

Author: Kelly Klober

1997

A Guide to USDA and Other Federal Resources for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Enterprise

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  • Book

Find sources of assistance and support for your sustainable agriculture and forestry business. This gives an overview of organizations for the following areas:

  • Research, information, and new technologies
  • Financing businesses and new enterprises
  • Management assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Conservation and resource management
  • Community development
  • Additional resources
  • General information sources

USDA

1998

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