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.

Composting Straw Fort-Epi 4, pt.1

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  • Video

Annie Hauck-Lawson shows us how to build a straw fort which contains a compost wire bin and a cold frame to grow vegetables in the cold of winter. This is part 1. The video was produced, directed and edited by Jeff Samaha Video Productions

Composting Straw Fort-Epi 4, pt.2

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  • Video

Annie Hauck-Lawson shows us how to build a straw fort which contains a compost wire bin and a cold frame to grow vegetables in the cold of winter. This is part 2. The video was produced, directed and edited by Jeff Samaha Video Productions

Composting: An Alternative To Dumping Kitchen Scraps

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  • Video

This is a video tip for “composting,” a better way to discard cooking scraps. Rather than toss into the garbage and contributing to land fill waste, why not compost? It's easy and efficient and actually smells good if done correctly. This series was shot and edited by Jeff Samaha, NBC stage manager/director and hosted by Annie Hauck-Lawson, Associate Professor at Brooklyn College and published PhD with a book called “Gastropolis.” (Columbia Press)(Amazon.com)

Cornell GAP's Sample Soil Amendment Template

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  • Digital Download

Use this soil amendment application template developed by Cornell's GAP program (https://gaps.cornell.edu/educational-materials/decision-trees/log-sheets...) to help record what, how much and where you apply fertilizers on your farm.  This template will help you with both the Nutrient Management Plan required by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultual Resources (starting in 2016) and to help with your farm's food safety plan.   

Cover Crop Flashcards and Seeding Calculator

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  • Digital Download

Trainers can use this teaching module to help farmers, either as a group or one-on-one, make a plan for seeding cover crops in their field, by selecting the best cover crop for their needs and determining the right amount of cover crop seeds to purchase and plant.

Cover Crops 1: Which Cover Crops Will You Use?

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  • Digital Download

This guide can be used by trainers who want to assist pre-literate and/or English- as a second language-speaking farmers with including cover crops in vegetable production and other crop rotation schedules. It covers three major types of cover crops (mustards, legumes, and ‘other’), and the potential benefits and costs of cover crops. It leads farmers through the process of identifying what they want to accomplish via cover cropping, assists them with identifying opportunities within their production schedule for insertion of cover crops, and assists farmers with selecting the cover crop or mixture of cover crops which best match their needs and goals. Some data is specific to the Southeast region of the United States, but links to resources where data appropriate to other regions can be accessed are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Lauren Bailey of The Nashville Food Project in Nashville, TN in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Cover Crops 2: How to Select Cover Crops & How to Track the Benefits of Cover Cropping

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  • Digital Download

This guide can be used by trainers who want to assist pre-literate and/or English-as a second language-speaking farmers with including cover crops in vegetable production and other crop rotation schedules. It leads farmers through the process of sorting through the characteristics of specific cover crops to select the best one or mix of cover crops to meet their goals. It introduces farmers to a series of questions that they can answer throughout the growing season to evaluate the performance of the cover crops they have planted. Worksheets are provided so that trainers can assist farmers with this evaluation and with recording the results. Some data is specific to the Southeast region of the United States, but links to resources where data appropriate to other regions can be accessed are provided.This teaching resource was developed by Lauren Bailey of The Nashville Food Project in Nashville, TN in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Crop Insurance 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance

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  • Digital Download

Guided discussion draws on farmers’ traditional strategies for dealing with catastrophic crop failures to introduce the concept of crop insurance. Participants are introduced to basic concepts and vocabulary related to insurance. USDA’s Whole Farm Revenue Protection is introduced through a discussion of its purpose and benefits.

Crop Insurance 2: Introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

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  • Digital Download

Participants will review costs and benefits of WFRP crop insurance and learn about eligibility, the application process, required farming practices and record keeping. They will be advised on where to find assistance with accessing information about WFRP, decision making, program application, compliance, and, when appropriate, collecting payments. Trainers may need to begin by reviewing what was learned about Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), from Module 1: Introduction to Crop Insurance. This teaching resource was developed by Linda Seyler of Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

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