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.

NIFTI Webinar #2- Project Administration and Management

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  • Video

This webinar covers the basics of farm incubator project administration. Partners from the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), the New Farmer Development Project (NFDP), the International Rescue Committee's New Roots program, and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry) delve deeply into topics such as fundraising, operations and staffing, program development, and how to track and evaluate your successes over time. This webinar is designed for those interested in or already operating land-based beginning farmer training programs.

NIFTI Webinar #4- Marketing Support for Incubator Farms

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  • Video

This webinar exaplains how to integrate marketing support and cooperative marketing on incubator farms. Partners from the Intervale Center, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry) will discuss avenues for marketing incubator farmer's products, cooperative storage, distribution, and marketing infrastructure (food hubs), maintaining product quality, and food safety concerns.

NIFTI Webinar #5- Land and Site Management for Incubator Farms

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  • Video

This webinar covers managing shared infrastructure and incubator sites. Partners from the Intervale Center, the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, the International Rescue Committee and the Minnesota Food Association discuss a wide variety of topics including leasing land, soil fertility management, infrastructure development, urban farming initiatives and general site maintenance (budget, staffing, etc.).

NIFTI Webinar #6 - Transitioning Farmers Off the Incubator Site

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  • Video

This webinar provides strategies for transitioning farmers successfully onto their own farm operations. Partners from the Intervale Center, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry) will discuss farmland matching programs, helping farmers access capital, and the structure and challenges of continued support for graduates.

NIFTI Webinar #7 - Advocacy for Incubator Farms and Farmers

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  • Video

This webinar covers strategies for engaging farmers in federal and local advocacy efforts related to beginning farmer issues. Hear from the Land Stewardship Project, the National Young Farmers Coalition, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition about how your program can make sure beginning farmers voices are heard loud and clear in the upcoming Farm Bill debates.

NIFTI Webinar #9 - Metrics and Evaluation for Incubator Projects

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  • Digital Download

This webinar will focus on best practices for developing evaluation protocols for your program. Learn from the experts on how to gather data and report on outcomes. We will have presentations from: Jessie Schmidt at the University of Vermont on the “Farmer Assessment Web” tool; Maggie Donin at the Intervale Center; the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association; and NIFTI will launch its brand new resource, “The Metrics and Evaluation Toolkit for Farm Incubators”.

On-Farm Food Safety Checklist

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  • Digital Download

Use this on-farm self assessment to determine how to improve your farm's food safety protocols.  

On-Farm Poultry Processing: Preparation and Sanitation

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  • Video

On-Farm Poultry Processing Series (Part 1 of 3). Created for small poultry producers interested in processing their own birds using a mobile or stationary on-farm processing facility. This segment focuses on the preparation, sanitation, and supplies needed for food-safe processing. Created by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, with support from USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).

For additional poultry processing resources and guides, visit:
nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/poultryresources.html

For poultry processing training opportunities in Massachusetts, visit: nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/training/mobilepoultrytraining.html

Operations Manual

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  • Digital Download

PDF operations manual for farmers involved in the Prairie Farms program.  Includes topics such as farmer responsibilities, land and equipment usage, resources, code of conduct, schedules and billing information.  Very specific to Prairie Farms but ouline can be helpful to other incubator projects.  All Regions. English Level: advanced. Farming Level: all. Literacy Level: advanced. Key Words: organizational resource, administration.

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