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 office in Beverly, MA contains books, CD's, DVD's 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.

A Guide for Scaling Up Food Hubs

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

Ag Employment Law and Your Farm

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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Conservation Law Foundation present Beth O'Neal, partner at Conn Kavanaugh, on a webinar that explores how federal and state employment laws apply to small-scale farmers in Massachusetts. This webinar covers different employee classifications, housing and food stipends, and minimum wage and overtime requirements.

Agreement of Joint Ownership

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Agreement of joint ownership for the the DR All-Terrain Field and Brush Mower, identifying the role of Cultivating Community in the agreement.

Agreement of Joint Ownership for Mower Final

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Word document sample agreement for farmer group use of a shared tiller machine.  Outlines owners, responsibilities, and procedures for repairs and maintenance.  All regions. English level: Intermediate. Farmer Level: Beginner. Literacy Level: Intermediate. Keywords: Equipment, Machine, Maintenance, Repairs.

Agropreneur Approach New Roots CoP Training

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This powerpoint presentation includes information on financial models, tools, business models, and best practices. Advanced. Other keywords: Finance, Entrepreneur

ALBA Agriculture and Land-based Training Association Farm Incubator Toolkit

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A resource to help organizations that are interested in starting a farm incubator program. Put together by the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), the toolkit summarizes ALBA's experience, operational guidelines, model land leases, cost allocations, farmer communication forms, business planning templates, and other considerations.

ALBA Annual Farmer Interview

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The ALBA Annual Farm Interview is once of the tools used by the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) to evaluate their farmer participant's progress before, during, and after their participation on ALBA's farm incubator program. It asks questions regadring farmers community involvement, financial success, and farm practices used.

ALBA Yearly Farmer Survey

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ALBA's annual farmer survey tracks a wide range of outcomes for incubator farm program participants. See what indicators you can use to measure farmer success on your program.

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