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.

Agropreneur Approach New Roots CoP Training

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  • Digital Download

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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  • Web Page

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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  • Digital Download

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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  • Digital Download

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.

ALBA/NIFTI Webinar 12 Incubator Land Management and Teaching Ecological Land Use

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  • Video

Presented by NIFTI and the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA)

This Webinar features

Nathan Harkleroad, Outreach and Education Program Manager at ALBA, who shares how ALBA defines sustainable land management, and how this informs farmer policies and plays out in farmer practices. Nathan will discuss the challenges and lessons learned while implementing a sustainable land management plan with 40 farmers on 150 acres. He will also cover how sustainable land use is incorporated into ALBA's farmer education curriculum.

Dr. Peter Walker, Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University, who focuses on how Chatham incorporates farm and woodland into the campus and educational agenda at Eden Hall, Chatham University's brand new, 388 acre fully sustainable campus. His presentation will describe just what it means to be a sustainable campus, how Chatham is trying to integrate the farm into the teaching, research, innovation and entrepreneurial agenda, and what Chatham hopes to do in the future.

Eero Ruuttila, Technical Assistance and Incubator Farm Manager at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, who presents on fertility management on the incubator site, including specific strategies that he has developed over his 35 year career as an organic farmer and organic food advocate. He will also discuss approaches and challenges related to planning for and teaching long-term soil/fertility management with multiple farmers that have finite time on the farm site.

Alternatives to Insecticides for Managing Vegetable Insects

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  • Book

Summaries of the talks held at the Farmer/Scientist Conference December 1998 in New Haven, Connecticut.

  • The effects of plant health and soil health on susceptibility to pests
  • Putting biological control to work
  • Strategies and tactics currently used by organic farmers
  • Small group sessions by crop or insect pest
    • corn and sweet corn
    • cabbage family, specifically flea beetles
    • cucurbit crops (squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, melons)
    • solanaceous crops (potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant)
    • tarnished plant bug
    • beans and Mexican bean beetle

NRAES Cooperative Extension

1998

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts

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  • Digital Download

Are you thinking of starting a farming business in Massachusetts? Are you currently farming and interested in expanding the crops you grow, accessing new marketing outlets, or making your business more profitable? This resource guide is a collection of 35 independent fact sheets that can be used separately as needed or together as a complete set. Topics include land access, farm infrastructure, risk management, business planning, livestock processing, organic certification, and much more. It may be helpful for you to use this series with someone who can guide you to more farming information, such as an experienced farmer, a Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources employee, a United States Department of Agriculture employee, or other service provider. 

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