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.

Quick Guide to Farm Insurance

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Quick guide to Farm Insurance, put together by New Entry Sustainable Farming project, which offers protection from liability charges and property damage, as well as insurance against crop failures. Outlines types of farm insurance that are available, requirements for coverage, and potential sources of farm insurance.

Quick Guide to Food Safety Resources

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Annotated bibliography compiled by New Entry, which identifies resources to help farmers farmers develop successful food safety plans and practices, including good agricultural practices (GAPs), risk management planning, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Recordkeeping 1: Crop Planning and Planting Records for FSMA Compliance

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This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm record keeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English or low-literacy skills. It covers the reasons and benefits of keeping good records for planning and planting, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions).

Recordkeeping 2: Harvest and Post-Harvest Records for FSMA Compliance

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This guide can be used to assist trainers who want to make good farm recordkeeping practices accessible to farmers with limited English and/or low literacy skills. It covers the reasons for and benefits of keeping good records for harvest and post-harvest activities, including compliance with food safety requirements. It explains what kinds of information need to be recorded and provides recommendations for when and how to collect that information. Tools which allow farmers with low-literacy skills to keep good records of on-farm activities are provided. This teaching resource was developed by Craig Demi of the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, RI in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). 

Refugee Agriculture 101

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Building new relationships for collaboration, funding or staffing often requires explaining what your program is and how it works. The refugee Ag. 101 packet aims to equip you with enough resources and ideas that you can adapt to your program and share with others.

Refugee Farmer Teaching Handbook

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This handbook is for staff providing training and technical assistance (T&TA) in immigrant and refugee farmer-training programs. This foundational and practical handbook provides basic explanations of certain teaching theories, as well as tips for applying them in the design and delivery of T&TA. This handbook was developed by Dani M. Scherer M. Ed. with the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions). Twelve refugee farmer training programs across the country provided feedback on the content of this guide.

Regulations: Conservation and Zoning presentation

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Presentation from New Entry that aims to help farmers understand conservation planning, zoning, and the local advocacy process. Includes information on farmland preservation, wetland and conservation restrictions, zoning and building codes, and other environmental considerations.

Running a Low-Income CSA

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Document put together by New Entry that provides an overview of the World PEAS (People Enhancing Agricultural Sustainability), Food Hub, an illustration of how to successfully connect low-income consumers with fresh, local produce.

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