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.

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.

The Carrot Project's Financial Calendar Tool

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  • Digital Download

This Farm Financial Calendar Tool from The Carrot Project is designed to help you stay on track during the growing season with daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks. Adapt the Calendar to your farm's needs and realities and create a personalized financial management calendar for your farm.

To view a webinar on how to use the tool, click here.

The Sustainable Agriculture Skills Workbook

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  • Digital Download

This workbook, in its first edition, is currently being used in a pilot program by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project as a tool for participatory goal setting and skills assessment/development.

Updates and revisions will be made based on participant feedback at the conclusion of the pilot program.

For more information on using this tool, please contact Jennifer Hashley

 

 

Tracking Group Finances

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  • Digital Download

Accurately tracking money between group members who share expenses and/or market together can be cumbersome, even for people who regularly use computers and do calculations. This spreadsheet makes the job more manageable. Staff or farmers only need to enter “raw data” and the spreadsheet will calculate the rest automatically. This may be an especially useful tool for farmers who are going into business together, as in an LLC or cooperative. Two spreadsheets are given, depending on how farmers have agreed to share
expenses.

Training and Technical Assistance for New Farmers

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  • Digital Download

An overview of New Entry's training and technical assistance program for new farmers. Includes history and context, information on staffing, resources, key activities, and lessons learned.

Training Farm Site Guidelines 2012

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  • Digital Download

Document from the New Americans Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) that lists all training farm site guidelines for Packard Littlefield Farm.

Training on Cash Flow

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  • Digital Download

Training presentation put together by the University of Arizona's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, outlining the basics of recordkeeping, cash flow forms, and sample transactions.

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