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.

An overview of FSMA's Produce Safety Rule

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  • Digital Download

This presentation can be used to introduce yourself to FSMA's Produce Safety Rule.  It is used in conjunction with New Entry's Farm Business Planning Course.  

Annual Farmer Survey Interview

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  • Digital Download

Beginning farmer survey written by Agricultural Land Based Training Association (ALBA) to confidentially learn how farmers are doing after receiving one year of services from ALBA. Survey includes questions on experience with ALBA, growing practices, and business finances.

Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

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  • Book

Learn from the practices of one orchardist who successfully grows apples organically. Gain information on the best orchard sites and climates, enriching the orchard land, planting and caring for the trees, managing pests and diseases, harvesting, and marketing.

Author: Michael Phillips

1998

Applying for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Funding

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  • Digital Download

This guide explains who is eligible to apply for this Natural Resoures Conervation Service (NRCS) cost-share program.  It also describes the types of conservation improvements on farms that qualify for funding.  Step-by-Step instructions for applying are outlined.  

Approaches for Accessing Land for Gardens and Farms

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  • Digital Download

Word document for trainers or farmers covering factors necessary to find land for farms and gardens.  Includes land factors, such as irrigation, location and soil, types of leasing options and methods of accessing the particular land.  All Regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: beginning. Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: finding land, planning.

April 2017 Record Keeping Strategies for Organic Certification Webinar

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  • Video

This one hour online webinar, hosted by the New Entry Sustinable Farming Project and led by Laura Davis, will cover all you need to know about farm record-keeping for organic certefication. Specefic topics include simplifying records on your farm for efficiency and organic certification requirements as well as compost production records needed to gain approval for use on certified organic farms.

About the instructor: Laura Davis owns and operates Long Life Farm in Hopkington MA. Long Life Farm strives to grow nutrient dense food by utilizing organic, biological and mineral balanced farming techniques, it is also certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers. Laura has also served as the Organic Certefication Assistance Coordinator for NOFA/MASS and a Organic Inpector.

This material is based upon work supported by the Northeast Extension Risk Managment Education and USDA/NIFA under award number 2015-49200-24225

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsmG_hmVl_8&t=338s

Are Pesticides Really Necessary?

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  • Book

Learn about the partnership between green plants, insects, and humans to find out if pesticide use is really necessary. Look at modern pest control technologies and pesticide safety.

Author: Keith C. Barrons

1981

Assessment Form

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  • Digital Download

PDF Assessment form used by organizations to determine a farmer's past history and experience with farming/gardening.  Can be easily adapted to other programs.  All Regions.  English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: n/a. Literacy Level: Advanced. Key Words: assessment, evaluation, administrative.

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