Northeast SARE Project Products

Northeast SARE Project Products

Northeast SARE Project Products

Curricula, manuals, fact sheets and other information products developed by grantees as part of their SARE-funded research.

2003 High Tunnel Production Manual

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.

2013 Cover Crop Innovations Webinar Series

This winter 2013 webinar series from Penn State Extension includes topics on cover crops and reduced tillage in organic vegetable systems, interseeding cover crops in standing corn, cover crops for small dairy farms, managing beneficial and pest insects, nutrient and weed management in organic no-till cover crop systems, and managing nitrogen with cover crop mixtures.

A Practical Guide to On-Farm Pasture Research

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmer implemented, farmer managed research can provide fact-based answers to a farmer's challenging questions.

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Adapt-N Training Manual

A tool for precision N management in corn

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

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Adaptive Nutrient Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Adaptive nutrient management (ANM) lets farmers test input response and adjust field management over time. The ANM process is based on the idea that optimizing both yield and input levels will help maximize return per acre and minimize the environmental footprint of crop production.

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Alfalfa Sulfur Test

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Sulfur is an essential plant nutrient for processes such as photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation. In recent studies, some alfalfa fields have shown an economic yield response to sulfur addition. This fact sheet discusses tissue testing for sulfur for alfalfa management, and introduces a new soil test for sulfur assessment for alfalfa.

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Assessing the Economic Impacts of Regional Food Hubs: the Case of Regional Access

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report assesses the economic impact of food hubs on the distribution and sale of local foods.

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Backpack Sprayers for Small-Scale Farms

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Backpack sprayers are a boon to farmers on small acreage, but not all sprayers are created equal. Video series.

Basic Pest Management of Insects and Mites in High Tunnels

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This presentation gives an overview of key pest management strategies in commercial hoop houses or high tunnels, and greenhouses: cultural practices, plant resistance, the use of beneficial insects, grafting and sprays.

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Beef Cooperative Marketing Materials

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Marketing materials and membership agreements developed by the Adirondack Grazers Beef Cooperative.

Berry Soil and Nutrient Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This manual has been designed as a comprehensive guide for educators and commercial berry growers interested in improving berry crop soil and nutrient management.

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Beyond Black Plastic

Cover crops and no-till for organic vegetable production

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

While the use of black plastic is allowed within organic agriculture, it is inherently unsustainable as it is a petroleum-based product and difficult to recycle.

This 24-page guide looks beyond plasticulture and evaluates the effects of different mulch systems on soil quality and fertility, weed control, yields and waste production, and profitability for small to mid-size vegetable farms.

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Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices for Small-Scale Noncommercial Use and Production

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication reviews some of the accepted practices associated with small-scale biodiesel production to make it a safe, environmentally sound practice that generates a quality product.

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Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Consumers and Local Farmers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Lessons learned from The Neighborhood Market, a program where community members buy locally grown produce at a lower price.

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Buckwheat Cover Crop Handbook

A precise tool for weed management on Northeastern farms

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Buckwheat has been used to suppress weeds on Northeastern farms for 400 years. This handbook outlines how to use buckwheat as an economical weed-control tool, with recommendations based on extensive grower surveys, original research and on-farm trials.

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Building an On-Farm Poultry Processing Facility

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Plan and construct a mobile poultry processing unit or stationary facility for on-farm processing.

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Canola Production for On-Farm Energy

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Production guides, a cost calculator and on-farm research results for growing canola in the Northeast, including weed management information.

Case Studies on Setting Up Microloans

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Information for lenders financing new and expanding farm businesses with limited access to capital.

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Cheshire Labor and Infrastructure Needs Assessment

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Research in Cheshire County, NH to determine how to promote the economic viability of local farmers.

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Cluster thinning effects on crop yield and quality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in the Eastern US

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are important grape varieties that can produce excellent wine grapes and wine in the East, but optimal yields through cluster thinning have not been established.

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Constructing a High Tunnel

Type: Northeast SARE Multimedia

This Rutgers University website includes a 61-image demonstration of high tunnel construction, with detailed information on site selection, design, cost and crop management.

Control of Red-Headed Flea Beetles

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Red-headed flea beetles have a wide host range including chrysanthemums, forsythia, hibiscus, lamb’s-quarter, pigweed,zinnia, sedum, asters, Salvia, roses, hollies among many others.

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Control of Red-Headed Flea Beetles en Español

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Esta plaga conocida como el “Red-headed Flea Beetle” tiene una variedad de plantas huéspedes que incluye los crisanthemos, Forsythia, los hibiscus, Zinnia, sedum, asters, Salvia, rosas, y los acebos por ejemplo.

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Cooperative Farming

Frameworks for Working Together

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A cooperative is both a type of business and an attitude. 

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Cornell Soil Health Assessment

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Cornell soil health assessment was created to help farmers develop appropriate management solutions to build healthy soils. Focusing on soil health helps improve productivity, reduces the need for external inputs, and increases a farm's resilience to extreme weather events.

Cover Crops and No-Till Management for Organic Systems

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Rodale Institute fact sheet reviews the use of cover crops and no-till in organic systems, including selection, establishment and mechanical termination of cover crops; crop rotations; and energy and production budgets.

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Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Learn how your community can protect farmland, give farmers a voice and encourage economic growth.

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Design and Construction of a High Tunnel in West Virginia

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Detailed information on hoop house or high tunnel construction, with specific considerations for West Virginia.

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Evaluation of the Intervale Center Food Hub

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This evaluation highlights practices from the Intervale Food Hub that were critical to its success.

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Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales for New England Vegetable Crops

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This University of Massachusetts website offers resources on winter vegetable crop storage, marketing and low-cost season extension through structures such as hoop houses and low tunnels. 

Farm Food Safety

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides educational resources for farmers interested in learning about GAPs. Some materials available in Spanish.

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Farm to School Training Toolkit

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Resources for ag educators and community leaders who are starting a farm to school program.

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FARMDATA

Web- Based Organic Vegetable Farm Data Entry and Reporting

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

FARMDATA is an online system for tracking and reporting crop production data, particularly for organic vegetable growers. The system can be used for keeping records on seeding, transplanting, harvest, cover crops, compost, fertilization, irrigation, pest scouting and spraying activities, packing, distribution and customer invoicing. FARMDATA uses smart forms that help with calculations and remember key data.

Farmers Market Managers Training Manual

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This comprehensive training resource provides tools for market managers to be effective and to overcome common obstacles they face.

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Farmland ConneCTions

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide for towns, institutions, and land trusts using or leasing farmland.

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Farmland Transfer and Access Webinars

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Webinars on issues surrounding farmland accessfarmland transfer and non-farming landowners.

Food for Profit On-line Training Course

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Training for future entrepreneurs on planning a feasible, marketable and profitable food business.

Grafting Tomatoes in Multi-Bay High Tunnels as a Way to Overcome Soil-Borne Diseases

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This presentation summarizes a 2008 grant to evaluate ‘Maxifort’ rootstock for its ability to manage verticillium wilt and other soil-borne diseases in hoop house or high tunnel farming systems.

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Granby Sampler

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This resource reviews steps taken to build a successful multi-farm CSA in Granby, Conn.

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Great Falls Food Hub Feasibility Assessment

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Results and implementation plan from a feasibility assessment of the Great Falls Food Hub.

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Greenhouse IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrols

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This in-depth manual was designed to help commercial greenhouse growers implement biological control and integrated pest management (IPM).

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Guide to Financing Community Supported Farms

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide outlines alternative, local funding sources that farmers can use to finance their farm business,

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Guide to Starting a Locally-Scaled, Local-Foods Based Cooperative

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Information on planning for and running a cooperative can be found in this handbook. 

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Gypsum for Field Crops

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Gypsum is a good source of readily available calcium and sulfur, and can bind with phosphorus. Misconceptions exist about gypsum’s ability to adjust soil pH or improve soil structure. This fact sheet describes the benefits of using gypsum, and explains why gypsum does not change soil pH or alleviate compaction problems in agricultural fields in New York.

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Handbook for Small-Scale Poultry Producer-Processors

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Apply for a license to process poultry using a Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU). 

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Hands-On Produce Preparation Workshop Guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Host workshops to break the barriers that prevent schools from sourcing their food locally.

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High Tunnel Temperature Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Temperature management is one of the most critical factors in successful production of many high tunnel crops. This West Virginia University fact sheet includes recommended temperature ranges for common crops.

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High Tunnel Winter Cropping Systems

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This audio/slideshow presentation by Lewis Jett, West Virginia Extension Service, is on the use of high tunnels for winter crop production, including design, temperature management, bed preparation, crop selection and seeding.

High Tunnels

Using Low-Cost Technology to Increase Yields, Improve Quality and Extend the Season

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This manual on using high tunnels or hoop houses for season extension includes case studies, a supplier list and chapters on marketing, site selection, construction and types, and soil, pest and environmental management.

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How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Created for city residents who want to increase their access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. 

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Is Wood a Good Energy Source for Home Heating?

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Knowing a few basic principles about how wood burns will help you understand why wood can be a good energy source for home heating, given the right conditions.

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Land Link Programs in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report summarizes activities and outcomes of land link programs in the Northeast and provides recommendations to existing and new programs.

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Livestock Marketing Channel Assessment Tool

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This tool provides livestock producers with a way to identify the most profitable marketing channels.

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Local Harvest

A Multifarm CSA Handbook

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook offers straightforward guidance on cooperative marketing, an innovative practice that is helping CSAs stay strong and viable over the long term.

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Low-Input Lambing and Kidding

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 70-page handbook on reducing inputs and managing stress during lambing or kidding.

Making the Most of Cover Crop Mixtures

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cover crops provide different benefits, depending on the species that is planted. The best way to get the most out of cover cropping is to diversify and plant mixtures of cover crops that complement one another. This eXtension article guides you through selecting and creating cover crop mixes, and answers other questions that will likely arise when planting them for the first time.

Making the Switch

Two Successful Dairy Graziers Tell Their Stories

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Some nine to ten years after they began to use grazing instead of confined feeding for their milk cows, two successful Maryland dairymen sat down for leisurely interviews on how they changed to grazing and how grazing changed their lives.

Marketing for Profit Webinar Series

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Webinar participants will learn the skills necessary to complete a business and marketing plan for their farm business. 

Marketing On-Farm Compost

A toolkit of resources for farm compost operators

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This resource includes best practices for quality compost, and information on compost markets.

Minimizing the risks of Vibrio bacteria in farm-raised oysters grown in intertidal elements of the Delaware Bay

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

New Jersey’s oyster farms are concentrated on the extensive intertidal sand flats of the lower Delaware Bay where they are exposed twice daily during low tide. Previous studies from the Pacific Northwest indicate that intertidal exposure accelerates the proliferation of Vibrios, increasing the risk to human health.

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Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Farm and Food Safety Management Guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Food safety information for mobile poultry processing units or stationary on-farm facilities.

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Native bees and flowering cover crops

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

While managed colonies of European honey bees are most frequently used for crop pollination, wild or native bees commonly provide the same pollination services for ‘free’ without the costs of renting or maintaining honey bee hives.

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New York Cover Crops Decision Tool

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This online tool is designed for the soil, climate, cropping practices and seed market in New York and nearby states.

Niche Poultry Enterprises in New England

A guide for farmers and farm service providers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Broiler enterprises have started making a comeback in the region in recent years, but they tend to look very different from the standard broiler operations you’d find in Maryland or Georgia.

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NOFA Handbooks

Type: Northeast SARE Book

A series of eight handbooks for new farmers or established producers seeking to transition to organic or improve their current practices. Print only; order from Chelsea Green.

Northeast Agritourism Collaboration

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides resources for producers interested in entering the agritourism business. 

Nutrient Management in Corn Production

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These Cornell University agronomy fact sheets describe soil and corn stalk testing, nitrogen use and other aspects of nutrient management in corn production.

Oilseed Production in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 48-page booklet on sunflower and canola production in the Northeast. 

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On-Farm Research

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide to designing and following through on farm-based research.

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Plain Language Guides for New and Under-Served Producers

These plain language guides cover topics such as farm financing, accessing government programs, harvest practices and marketing. The plain language format makes this material accessible to beginning farmers, immigrants and other under-served audiences.

Predatory Mites for Organic Thrips Control in High Tunnel Cucumbers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A presentation of research on biological control methods in New York high tunnel or hoop house farming systems, including cultural practices, plant resistance, grafting, rotations, sprays and beneficials.

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Reading the Farm

Training Agricultural Professionals in Whole-Farm Analysis

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee Tool

Farm educators often  have in-depth knowledge of certain components of agriculture, but have few opportunities to see how these components work together to influence sustainability. Reading the Farm brings together educators and experts who share knowledge in the context of working, real-world farms. 

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Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Crop management,fact sheets, and extensive appendices.

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Resources for Vermont's Beginning Farmers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides new and beginning farmers in Vermont with information to help them succeed.

Rice Growing Manual for the Northeast USA

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

By Takeshi and Linda Akaogi, this manual focuses on those aspects of rice growing that are particular to the northeast area based on their experience.

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Safe and Profitable Oil Production Fact Sheets

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Information on edible oil production for small-scale producers. 

Season-Long Strawberry Production with Everbearers for Northeastern Producers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This 70-page guide outlines profitable production techniques and research on everbearing strawberry varieties, including information on both field production and the use of high tunnels for season extension.

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Shiitake Mushrooms

Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 57-page guide to producing these gourmet mushrooms.

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Small-scale oilseed processing guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Oilseed crops present an opportunity for farmers in the Northeast to diversify with a crop typically grown in the Midwestern and Great Plains regions. Many of the crops are adaptable and have been grown in the Northeast--some for a number of years, and others only recently.

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Successful Research Design and Methodology for Grant Proposals

Type: Northeast SARE Multimedia

This one-hour webinar explains practical research methodology and design, in order to help producers develop projects and write grant proposals.

Sunflower Production for On-Farm Energy

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Production guides, a cost calculator and on-farm research results for growing sunflowers in the Northeast, including weed management information.

Sustainable Food Purchasing Guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide was written to help institutions determine how to source more sustainable food options.

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The Baltimore Farm Alliance

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Lessons learned while building a farm alliance in Baltimore, MD.

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The Organic Seed Grower

A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices.

The Owner-Built Savonius Rotor

Low-Tech Wind Power for Farms

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Investing in commercially available renewable-energy devices usually requires large capital investments and long payback periods. This farmer has explored a low-cost alternative.

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Tri-State Greenhouse IPM Workshops

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Presentations and other resources from workshops on integrated pest management (IPM) for greenhouse growers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, held annually since 2011.

Understanding Food Safety

Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines for Farmers' Markets

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This document lays out permitting requirements and safe food handling practices at farmers markets.

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Vegetable Bedding Plants Pest Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A University of Massachusetts web page with information on integrated pest management (IPM), a practical way to effectively manage pests on vegetable bedding plants.

Vermont Food Education Every Day

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Includes guides for farmers and food service personnel working to increase local food in schools.

Video Series: Efficient and Safe Food Handling Processes

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Low-cost techniques that help farms reduce labor needs and expenses during harvest, wash and pack. 

Walk-In Coolers for Winter Storage

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Resources for farmers interested in on-farm winter storage options for season extension. Each resource offers a case study for a specific facility construction, and both outline important considerations for a winter storage facility.

Whole Farm Mass Nutrient Balance Calculator

Nutrient Management Tools and Curriculum

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This software program calculates the annual difference between a farm's imported and exported nutrients (N, P and K). Teaching guides and instructions for the tool's use are also available.

Whole-Farm Nutrient Planning for Organic Farms

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 16-page booklet that helps organic farmers understand their soil test results and use these results wisely and compliantly, within the USDA National Organic Program standards. 

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With an Ear to the Ground

Type: Northeast SARE Book

The pumpkin field, the prison, the classroom, and the interstate are just a few of the places where sustainability and community values converge. With an Ear to the Ground introduces us to farmers, chefs, educators, visiting Russians, and kids and the experiences thay share about food and the natural world. Print only; order from Northeast SARE.

Zone tillage for corn in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

An eight-minute video that explores the benefits of alternative tillage techniques in corn grown for biofuels.

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