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.

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.

Assuring Safe and Effective Tractor Operations

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  • Book

This is an in-depth study of the operation, care and maintenance of tractor systems. Topics covered are fuels and lubricants, servicing the tractor, keeping operating cost records, and tractor operation.

4-H

1986

ATTRA Marketing Resources

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  • Web Page

Various Resources and Guides on from ATTRA,  the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Information provided on marketing, business, and risk management.

Attracting and Retaining Customers

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  • Digital Download

Presentation from GFSA Consulting on how to build and maintain customer loyalty in local agricultural and food-based markets.

Background Information on New Americans

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  • Digital Download

Background Information on New Americans’ is a compilation of resources about refugees and special immigrants actively participating in refugee agriculture programs at the  International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, VA. The information originates from a variety of sources including the IRC itself and the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides abbreviated information about the cultural practices and context from which resettled people hail, with an emphasis on diet, food traditions and agricultural
background.

Basic Business Planning and Recordkeeping NIFTI 2015

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A presentation on Basic Business Planning and Recordkeeping given by Gary Matteson of Farm Credit at the 2015 NIFTI National Field School. Additional resources available at farmbiztrainer.com.

 

Do you have a good understanding of what your students are going through from their perspective?  Students need to appreciate the core components of good business planning and why it is important to their success before they will latch onto the “numbers” that they generally try to avoid.  This session will include tips on how to integrate financial skills training and record keeping into all the skills your program is already teaching, with the end goal of helping farmers be business minded in their operations.

BCS Safety Checklist

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  • Digital Download

The BCS Safety Checklist and Parts Diagram is a resource designed to be incorporated into a field workshop to train multi-farming and language/literacy farmers how to safely operate and maintain a BCS machine and roto-tiller attachment. This resource should be used by staff as a guide to teach farmers during a workshop, but can also stand alone as a handout or sign after an initial workshop. Staff will use hands-on demonstration to show farmers how to operate machines and attachments.

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