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.

Tick Management Handbook

Media:

  • Book

Use this handbook to gain insight on how to control ticks. This overview includes:

  • Ticks of the Northeastern U.S.
  • Tick-associated diseases
  • Lyme disease in companion animals
  • Personal Protection
  • Integrated tick management
  • Area-wide chemical control of ticks
  • Organic landcare practices

Author: Kirby C. Stafford III

2004

Toward an Agricultural Ethic

Media:

  • Book

An essay based on ideas produced by a study looking at the loss of agriculture and its contribution to rural communities and whether or not there is still interest in maintaining strong local agriculture.

Author: Bonner J. McAllester

 

Tracking Group Finances

Media:

  • Digital Download

Accurately tracking money between group members who share expenses and/or market together can be cumbersome, even for people who regularly use computers and do calculations. This spreadsheet makes the job more manageable. Staff or farmers only need to enter “raw data” and the spreadsheet will calculate the rest automatically. This may be an especially useful tool for farmers who are going into business together, as in an LLC or cooperative. Two spreadsheets are given, depending on how farmers have agreed to share
expenses.

Training and Technical Assistance for New Farmers

Media:

  • Digital Download

An overview of New Entry's training and technical assistance program for new farmers. Includes history and context, information on staffing, resources, key activities, and lessons learned.

Training Farm Site Guidelines 2012

Media:

  • Digital Download

Document from the New Americans Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) that lists all training farm site guidelines for Packard Littlefield Farm.

Training on Cash Flow

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  • Digital Download

Training presentation put together by the University of Arizona's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, outlining the basics of recordkeeping, cash flow forms, and sample transactions.

Transitioning to Organic Production

Media:

  • Book

Explore organic farming, it's history, and what makes a successful organic farmer. This publication provides an overview of organic farming systems, including crop rotations, soils, weeds, insects and diseases, and livestock systems. Learn the economics of organic farming and techniques for making a smooth transition to organic practices.

Sustainable Agriculture Network USDA

2003

Trickle Irrigation in Eastern United States

Media:

  • Book

A quick overview of trickle irrigation and its advantages and disadvantages. Learn the components of trickle irrigation and how it works in the Eastern U.S. Topics include:

  • Plant-soil-water relationships
  • System components
  • Specific crop recommendations
  • System planning

NRAES
 

1990

Trickle Irrigation Some Basics

Media:

  • Book

Look through notes for basic information of trickle irrigation. Topics covered include:

  • Production with Trickle
  • Interval between applications
  • Fertilization/Fertigation
  • Fertilizer sources
  • Water quality
  • Drip line placement
  • Pressure and timing
  • Components of system
  • Phosphorous and micronutrients
  • Vegetables

Author: Frank Donohue

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