Plain Language Materials

Applying for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Plain language guide from New Entry for farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which pays farmers and ranchers to implement practices that protect water, soil, and air quality. The guide explains how the program works and outlines eligibility, the application process, and how the money can be used.

Applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Plain language guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for farmers interested in applying for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which rewards farmers for being good “stewards” of their land. The guide includes information on program eligibility and an explanation of how to apply.

How to Start a Multi-Farm CSA - Plain Language Guide

A Plain Language Guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, outlining how to start a multi farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The guide includes information to support planning, outreach, shareholder meetings, distribution, season specifics, and end of season surveys.

Annual Assessment for Farmers and Staff

A 144-point skills assessment from the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP) in ME used to evaluate farmer progress. This simple, but comprehensive tool uses pictures and straightforward questions to find out how farmers are progressing towards meeting their learning goals.

Guide to Starting a Multi-Farm CSA

A plain language guide from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for starting a multi-farm CSA (community supported agriculture). Includes general information and sample documents for starting a CSA.

Production Records Template


  • Digital Download

A simple excel spreadheet that helps farmers track their production totals for individual markets and by crop. Provided by Beth LaShell at the Old Fort Market Garden Incubator in Fort Lewis, CO.

Plain Language Guide to Harvesting Your Crops

Would you like to learn about when to harvest, how to handle your crops after harvesting, and how to prepare your produce for market? This Guide to Harvesting Your Crops, written in Plain Language, will help you with harvesting and handling:

  • Onion Crops
  • Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Roots and Tubers
  • Beans and Peas
  • Herbs
  • Pumpkin Squash Blossoms
  • Pumpkins and Winter Squash


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