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.

Business Planning Check List

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Check list for businesses that can be used for reflection on a variety of factors influencing business development: product/ services, markets, competition, product development, marketing and sales, operations, management, and financial planning.

Business Planning for the Agricultural Sector

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A guide to business plan development for start-up to mid-size operations - developed by the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University

Canning 101 Handout

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Basic canning instructions adapted from Ball, outlining the steps to safely store high acid foods, like sauce, jam, and chutney: boiling jars of food to remove air, preventing spoilage and food-borne illness.

Capitalizing the Incubator Farm presentation

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Presentation from New Entry that outlines incubator farm infrastructure, compares do-it-yourself projects and hired contractors, and highlights funding requirements.

Cash Flow Spreadsheet

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Spreadsheet to be used with SALES FORECAST and EXPENSES FORECAST handouts to calculate total yearly expenses and income.

Celeriac class - 1 of 2

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Word document outline for facilitators celeriac production class. Discusses planting, maintenance, pests, harvesting and marketing of celeriac. Paired with Celeriac class 1 of 2. May need additional prompts. North East Region. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginning. Literacy Level: High. Key Words: marketing, celeriac, new vegetable, pests, disease, planting, harvesting, Apiacea family

Client Letter of Agreement

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Example PDF of a client - incubator contract.  Could be easily adapted to other programs.  Includes client and program responsiblitlies as well as other agreements set forth by signing the contract.  All Regions.  English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: n/a. Literacy Level: Advanced.  Key Words: organizational resource, contract, administrative.

Community Farmland Connections: A guide to the use of GIS mapping for discovering underutilized farmland and expanding its use for agriculture

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Working with towns and their agricultural commissions, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Community Farmland Connections project uses spatial analysis to identify unused viable farmland and encourage landowners to lease their land to a farmer. Through spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and subsequent community education and outreach, this process can be a valuable way to increase the amount of viable farmland that is utilized in a given community. By reaching out to landowners in different areas, community groups can facilitate matches of prime farmland with beginning and existing farmers, in order to increase both new agricultural opportunities and local food for the town, county, and state.

This guide is intended to help municipal groups and/or agricultural non-profits think creatively about how to support new and beginning farmers finding land. It draws on the experience of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a farmer-training program in northeastern Massachusetts, as we sought to find small parcels of farmland for the farmers graduating off of our incubator farm. It outlines step by step the spatial analysis and community process we went through with communities around Massachusetts.

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