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.

Scaling Up Your Vegetable Farm for Regional Markets

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PDF guide to assessing efficient scales for individual farming operations.  Helps farmers assess if scaling up is a good decision for their farm business. All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Intermediate. Literacy Level: Advanced. Keywords: scaling up, food safety

Season Extension

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This guide helps trainers deliver a series of trainings or activities to refugee farmers on season extension in temperate regions. The trainings were designed as a package, but each session or activity can be done independently. Graphics can be used both during and after the activities.This teaching resource was developed by Global Garden in Chicago, Illinois 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.

Seedbank and Weed Management

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This resource is designed to be a module in Cultivating Community’s Advanced Farm Production curriculum. Built for farmers who are familiar with the difficulty of weed management and frustrated by crop quality and pest problems that result from weed competition, this workshop is a standalone class designed to emphasize the value of preventing weeds from going to seed. This teaching resource was developed by Cultivating Community in Portland, ME 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.

Setting the Table, Toward Greater Food Security in Lowell, MA

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Setting the Table: Towards Greater Food Security in Lowell, Massachusetts, evaluates the barriers Lowell residents face in obtaining food and recommends actions that might be taken to further food security in the city. This report was created for the Lowell Food Security Coalition, a collaboration of forty community organizations, formed to help residents become more self-reliant and foodsecure. Once the center of the textile industry, attracting workers from all over the world, Lowell today is still recovering from the departure of that and other industries. As some Lowell residents struggle to make ends meet, they can face the added challenge of fi nding food that is nutritious and culturally appropriate, in this city of immigrants.

Setting the Table proposes strengthening Lowell’s food system through community resource centers, backyard gardens (including some as large as whole blocks), rooftop gardens, public orchards, community fi sh farms, dealing with soil contamination, recycling waste, healthy corner stores, and changes to zoning.

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