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.

Small Livestock: An Introductory Overview to Raising Chickens & Goats

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  • Digital Download

This is a guide for training on the basics of raising farm livestock (specifically chickens and goats). Each lesson can be used independently if desired by the program. It was written for a community farm program in Central Virginia, however most of the concepts are transferable across geography. Local livestock laws and regulations and supply sourcing stores will need to be researched to be relevant for other locations.

Soil Fertility Series

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  • Digital Download

This series of six workshops covers a range of topics related to soil quality and fertility management. For example, multiple workshops focus on learning plant families as a basis for understanding the importance of crop rotation and soil management planning. Other sessions introduce the concepts of crop rotation, soil nutrients, and teach the importance of giving soils an opportunity to “rest” in crop rotation planning. Most of the workshops are appropriate for beginning- to intermediate-level farmers.

 

Soil Health and Fertility

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  • Digital Download

This module contains six mini-lessons on practices and knowledge related to soil health and fertility. These lessons can be chosen and combined in whatever way makes sense for your program. The lessons address soil texture, fertilizers, soil organisms, legume crops and nitrogen, cover crops, and nutrient problems. 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.
 

Steps for Farmland Matching in Massachusetts

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  • Digital Download

Slides from New Entry that illustrate the process of matching available farmland with farmers so that farmers can find the land they need while simultaneously conserving and utilizing the land. Outlines various tools and mechanisms that help make the connections possible.

Strategic Partnerships Worksheet

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  • Digital Download

The Strategic Partnerships worksheet is a simple tool for helping you identify partners and how they can support your organization's work.

Sustainable Agriculture for the Next Century

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  • Web Page

In this interactive online session, Jennifer Hashley discusses how the New Entry model provides constructive environments and strategies that support new producers and creates opportunities for new farmers to strengthen agricultural capacities, share learning experiences, and build better communities.

Swine School

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  • Video

Swine School seminar by NESFP. For full length video, follow this link:
dogooder.tv/Orgs/NESFP/default.aspx?MovieID=3454

Taking Care of Our Soil

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  • Digital Download

This is a PowerPoint presentation introducing some basic concepts related to soil fertility and fertilizers. At Global Gardens, we have a number of challenges related to soil fertility. This ppt provides an overview of what is in soil and how it becomes depleted over time. The presentation then reviews what cover cropping and fertilization methods can be used to keep soil fertile and healthy. Options for hands-on activities and engagement to add to the ppt are below.

The Beginning Farmer Quiz

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  • Digital Download

Quiz from New Entry that is designed to help beginning farmers identify important characteristics that will support getting started in farming.

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