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.

Crop Planning Module

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This guide covers essential components of crop planning. Participants will learn how to fill out and complete a production plan, determine transplants needed, complete a seed order using the seed calculator tool, and weigh and bag direct-planted or direct-seeded crops. At the end, farmers will be prepared with all their seeds for spring and summer planting and the crop production information needed for the upcoming year. This teaching resource was developed by Transplanting Traditions in Chapel Hill, NC in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on this lesson, which is now integrated throughout the guide.

Crop Planning Series

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This series of six workshops covers a range of topics related to crop planning. Farmers will be introduced to the concepts of harvest windows, succession planting, and days to maturity. Multiple sessions help farmers learn how to use calendars and tables to plan their growing season. One session teaches participants how to handle orders from customers and restaurants, and plan cropping and harvest schedules accordingly. Most of the workshops are appropriate for beginning- to intermediate-level farmers.

Crop Planning Sheet

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Crop planning sheet than provides space for farmers to record how much of each crop they planted over course of the season, including specific of frequency, successions, and materials needed.

Crop Production Manual

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This is a resource designed to provide farmers with readily accessible, technical information and cultural practices for organic vegetable production without relying on advanced English literacy skills. This manual can be introduced in pre-season crop planning settings and subsequently used throughout the planting season. Though the practices and suggested planting dates presented are specific to our New England growing season, the icons can be easily modified to represent practices and timing suited to your farm and locale.

Crops and Materials Spreadsheet

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Spreadsheet that includes a) specifics of how and when to plant specific crops and b) materials needed and their prices for planting each crop.

Cultivating the Next Generation Report - Oct 2017

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Cultivating the Next Generation: An Evaluation of the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (2009 to 2015). National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition produced this report which examines the BFRDP grant program. Authors: Juli Obudzinski (NSAC), Jan Perez (UC Santa Cruz), and Ann Williams (University of Wisconsin).

Curriculum Development 2015 Field School

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A presentation from the 2015 NIFTI National Field School in Durham, NC. Presentations by Alice Topaloff of ISU Extension and Nikki Siebert Kelley of Lowounty Local First explore how to develop and refine your Incubator Farm Project's curriculum usining currently available models. 

Direct-Wholesale Customer Engagement for Beginning New American Marketers

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This user’s guide will help trainers introduce New American farmers to concepts and best practices for engaging direct wholesale customers at different market access points such as independent restaurants and groceries. This guide contains learning activities which can be used together for a comprehensive introduction to direct wholesale marketing or used in sections to focus specific market types.

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