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.

USDA Pesticide Record Book

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  • Web Page

Use this book to help keep track of pesticides sprayed on your farm.  Note that Massachusetts applicators should also record the purpose and method of application.  To be in compliant with the 2017 EPA Worker Protection Standards, you should also record the start and end time of the application.  

Vegetable Groups and American Eating Habits

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  • Digital Download

This tool can be used in any setting where marketing is taught and where farmers would benefit from learning which vegetables are most familiar to most American-born customers. This tool can be incorporated into an existing lesson on marketing, used while CSA shares are being packed, while farmers are in production planning, or at market stands.

Vegetable Grower's Guide to Organic Certification

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  • Digital Download

Guide from the National Young Farmers Coalition to help farmers address the challenges to organic certification and explore the decision of certification on their own farms. Certification can help beginning farmers as they start their own operations by boosting marketing and helping them connect with larger potential customer bases. The guide includes a  history of organic certification, an overview of certification, a step-by-step guide with tools and examples, and further reading and sources for seeds and materials.

Vegetable Identification

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  • Digital Download

This tool is designed for beginning farmers who want to learn vegetables names in English. This lesson includes activities for farmers to identify vegetables by reading, writing, listening, and seeing photos.

Veggie Compass

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  • Web Page

The University of Wisconsin developed this spreadsheet as an intuitive system for data organization for diversified vegetable farms. It is an excel based spreadsheet with three input pages and three output pages. Expenses are entered on the first spreadsheet page, and sales information on another. A third sheet requires growers to allocate detailed expenses to each crop including production labor hours. The spreadsheet uses the data from the input pages to calculate each crop’s cost per pound ($/lb), breakeven price, and gross margin by market channel.

Veteran Careers in Agriculture

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  • Digital Download

This guide provides farmer resources specific to veterans who wish to find a job in farming, or begin their own market-based agricultural business.  The guide also includes farmer veteran profiles, a section on how to use your GI bill, and links to organizations which provide farmer training.

Wash Station Rules

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  • Digital Download

Wash station rules for before and after washing to ensure safety.

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