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Lending Library

FARRMS would like to create a library of sustainable books, DVDs, magazines, etc.

This would allow new and beginning farmers the opportunity to read a book, share a book from a centrally located sustainable library.

If you have a book to donate, cash to donate for reading materials, DVDs to donate, cash for DVDs, or a suggestion for a book, please contact FARRMS office at 701-486-3569 or email

Here is a pdf booklet of our favorite sustainable titles. Don't forget to check out books we have for sale at the FARRMS office in Medina.

Here are few of our lending library offerings:

Alternative Agriculture  National Research Council More and more farmers are adopting a diverse range of alternative practices designed to reduce dependence on synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and antibiotics; cut costs; increase profits; and reduce the adverse environmental consequences of agricultural production.
North Dakota Wetlands Discovery Guide Nancy J. Dietz Alternative Agriculture describes the increased use of these new practices and other changes in agriculture since World War II, and examines the role of federal policy in encouraging this evolution, as well as factors that are causing farmers to look for profitable, environmentally safe alternatives. Eleven case studies explore how alternative farming methods have been adopted--and with what economic results--on farms of various sizes from California to Pennsylvania.
How To Direct Market Your Beef Jan Holder How to Direct Market Your Beef portrays how one couple used its family’s ranch to launch a profitable, grass-based beef operation focused on direct market sales. From slaughtering to packaging, through labeling and advertising, Jan and Will Holder transform their real-life experiences to a compelling narrative rich with practical tips.
Youth Renewing The Countryside SARE Smart, young people are returning to the roots of American Agriculture—roots steeped in a tradition and culture of diversity, quality and respect for the Earth. Full of brilliant color photographs, Youth Renewing the Countryside shares remarkable stories of young people in each state changing the world through rural renewal.
The New American Farmer SARE Hailing from small vegetable farms, cattle ranches and grain farms covering thousands of acres, the producers in The New American Farmer, 2nd edition have embraced new sustainable approaches to agriculture. They are renewing profits, enhancing environmental stewardship and improving the lives of their families as well as their communities. The second edition builds on our popular first book. We have updated many of the profiles originally researched and written in 2000 and added 14 new profiles to represent every state and two U.S. territories. The book now features more than 60 successful farmers and ranchers.
Crop Rotation on Organic Farms Charles L. Mohler & Sue Ellen Johnson Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual provides an in-depth review of the applications of crop rotation-including improving soil quality and health, and managing pests, diseases, and weeds. Consulting with expert organic farmers, the authors share rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions and with a wide range of crops.
Local Harvest:  A Multifarm CSA Handbook Jill Perry & Scott Franzblau 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. This 130-page book details how farmers in CSA cooperatives can best work together to market their produce, including advice on staffing, volunteer boards, distribution, legal topics and other practical information. 
Grassroots Grants:  An Activists Guide to Grantseeking Andy Robinson In the revised second edition of the bestselling guide to grantseeking, author and activist Andy Robinson walks you through the challenges of incorporating grants into a complete fundraising program, using grant proposals as organizing plans, designing fundable projects, building proposals piece by piece, and fostering effective communication with funders who support the activist community. This updated edition keeps pace with the changing times and contains all new budgets and model proposals, interviews with funders from the grassroots community and timely information about grantseeking on the Internet. 
Past Silos and Smokestacks:  Transforming the Rural Economy in the Midwest Mark Drabenstott Drabenstott calls on towns and counties, competing with each other for industry and manufacturing jobs and investments, to join forces to spur innovation and entrepreneurship. In order to encourage new industry and job creation, the rural Midwest needs a bold new development strategy to transform its economy. It needs to “partner regionally to compete globally.” 
Community Food Security in United States Cities Stephen A. Haering Published by the Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Building Soils for Better Crops Fred Magdoff & Harold Van Es Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color. It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background—from what soil is to the importance of organic matter. Case studies of farmers from across the country provide inspiring examples of how soil—and whole farms—have been renewed through these techniques. A must-read for farmers, educators and students alike.
Manage Insects On Your Farm Miguel A. Altieri & Clara I. Nicholls with Marlene A. Fritz While every farming system is unique, the principles of ecological pest management apply universally. Manage Insects on Your Farm highlights ecological strategies that improve your farm’s natural defenses and encourage beneficial insects to attack your worst pests. Learn about the principles of ecologically based pest management and the strategies of farmers around the world to address insect problems. Minimize insect damage with wise soil management and identify beneficial insects to put these “good bugs” to work for you. Examples of successful pest management strategies sprinkled throughout the book will stimulate your imagination to develop a more complex, more diverse ecosystem on your farm.
Building A Sustainable Business MISA & SARE Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises.Sample worksheets lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, researched processing alternatives, determined potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets help the reader develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.
Beyond Bullet Points Cliff Atkinson Unload those boring, bullet-riddled slides--and unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation! In Beyond Bullet Points, communications expert Cliff Atkinson shares his innovative three-step system for increasing the impact of your communications with Microsoft(R) PowerPoint(R). He guides you, step by step, as you discover how to combine the tenets of classic storytelling with the power of projected media to create a rich, engaging experience. He walks you through his easy-to-use templates, plus 60 advanced tips, to help build your confidence and effectiveness -- and quickly bring your ideas to life!
Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits Jay Conrad Levinson, Frank Adkins & Chris Forbes Learn the Seven Golden Rules of fundraising success!  Boost Public Awareness, Increase Effectiveness in Recruiting Volunteers, Mobilize Advocates, and Raise Money!
Steel In The Field Greg Bowman Weed control demands time, labor and expense for every farmer every year. Steel in the Field shows how today's implements and techniques can control weeds while reducing—or eliminating—herbicides. In practical language, Steel in the Field presents what farmers and researchers have learned in the last 20 years about cutting weed-control costs through improved cultivation tools, cover crops and new cropping rotations.
Organic Farming:  The Ecological System Charles Francis This book represents a current look at what we know about organic farming practices and systems, primarily from the U.S. and Canadian perspectives. The discussion begins with history and certification, ecological knowledge as the foundation for sustaining food systems, and biodiversity. The next chapters address crop-animal systems; forages, grain, oil seed, and specialty crops; organic cropping and soil nutrient needs; and vegetation and pest management. Readers will next learn about marketing organics, organic foods and food security, and education and research. The book concludes with a survey of the future of organic farming and a perspective on the agricultural industry and the future of the rural sector.
Organic Certification of Vegetable Operations Jim Riddle All farms and ranches, including vegetable growers, who sell over $5000/year of organic products, must be certified in order to sell their products as “organic.” Land used for the production of organic vegetables must not have had prohibited fertilizers, pesticides, GMOs, or other prohibited substances applied for at least 36 months prior to the first harvest of an organic crop. Farmers who sell under $5000 per year of organic produce must still follow all provisions of the USDA organic regulations, but are not required to be certified as organic. Noncertified organic growers who sell less than $5000/year can only sell their products directly to retailers and consumers. Their products cannot be sold as organic feed or as organic ingredients that will be further processed and subsequently labeled as organic. Farms can be certified as organic as a whole farm or on a field‐by‐field basis.
Directory of Minnesota Organic Farms - 2009 MN Dept of Ag
Minnesota Guide to Organic Certification Jim Riddle & Lisa Gulbranson
Switching to a Sustainable System Frederick Kirschenmann The booklet is written for farmers.  Specifically, it is intended for farmers who are contemplating a switch from a conventional/chemical to a sustainable/organic farming system.  Farmers who do not wish to change to a sustainable system but are seeking ways to reduce their chemical inputs may also find some of this information helpful.  Most of this information in this booklet is derived from farm-based experience in the state of North Dakota
Managing Cover Crops Profitably SARE Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. Revised and updated in 2007, the 3rd edition includes new chapters on brassicas and mustards, six new farm profiles, as well as a comprehensive chapter on the use of cover crops in conservation tillage systems. Updates throughout are based on more than 100 new literature citations and consultations with cover crop researchers and practitioners around the country. Appendices include seed sources and a listing of cover crop experts.
Building Soils for Better Crops (2nd edition) Fred Magdoff & Harold Van Es Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color. It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background—from what soil is to the imp
Organic Field Crop Handbook Canadian Organic Growers
The Monitoring Toolbox Land Stewardship Project In the early 1990s, several farmers connected with theh Land Stewardship Project began talking with each other about changes they were making on their farms.  These changes stemmed from the farmers' use of a more holistic, or whole farm, approach to farm management.  Three key part of this whole farm approach to management inspired The Monitoring Toolbox.
You Can Farm Joel Salatin For farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.  While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. "Is it really possible for me?" is the burning question this book addresses.
Michigan Field Crop Ecology Michigan State University Extension Managing biological processes for productivity and environmental quality
Mares' Tails and Mackerel Scales Elizabeth Bird and Marty Strage The stormy prospect of global warming, what it means to farming in the Middle Border and what farmers and farm policy can do about it.
Crop Residue Management to Reduce Erosion and Improve Soil Quality USDA ARS
Sustainable Soil Management - Soil Systems Guide ATTRA
Managing Cover Crops Profitably - First Edition SARE Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation. Revised and updated in 2007, the 3rd edition includes new chapters on brassicas and mustards, si
Economic Feasibility of Vegetable Production, Marketing and Processing in the Red River Valley of North Dakota Dufner, Helgeson, Wulff, Rourke, Golz The potential for competitive commercial production of vegetables in ND was examined in this study.  Production and marketing aspects were reviewed for 53 vegetables.  The crops discerned by local authorities as having the most production and marketing potential were onions, carrots and red beets.
A Better Row to Hoe - The Economic, Environmental, and Social Impact of Sustainable Agriculture Northwest Area Foundation
Sustaining Land, People, Animals and Communities Denny Caneff and Midwest Sustainable Ag Working Group The case for livestock in a sustainable agriculture
Rural America's Future Is In Our Hands NDSU - Carrington Research Extension Center Farming practices for a sustainable agriculture in ND
Zero Tillage: Advancing the Art MB-ND Zero Tillage Farmers Association
Soil Biology Primer Soil and Water Conservation Society and NRCS
Prescribed Burning Kansas State University
Grass Varieties for ND Kevin Sedivec, Dwight Tober, John Berdahl
Compendium of Bean Diseases Robert Hall The purpose of this volume is to provide a comprehensive, authoritative, and modern account of bean diseases.  It is international in scops and practical in emphasis.  
Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming USDA
Insect and Disease Management Guide for Woody Plants in ND Jackson, Glogoza, Knodel, Ruby, Walla
Sustainable America - A New Consensus The President's Council on Sustainable Development For prosperity, opportunity, and a Healthy Environment
Getting In Step The Council of State Governments A guide to effective outreach in your watershed
Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health US Dept of the Interior
Soil Quality - A guide to conservation A training workshop guide using the soil as an indicator of improved management especially designed for those in the field - conservationists, extension educators, and farmers nationwide
2007 National Organic Research Agenda Jane Sooby, Jonathon Landeck, Mark Lipson Outcomes from the scientific congress on organic agricultural research (SCOAR)
The Profitability of Four Sustainable Farms in MN Charlene Chan-Muehlbauer, Doug Gunnink, Jodi Dansingberg
Cereal-Legume Cropping Systems Matheson, Rusmore, Sims, Spengler, Michalson Nine farm case studies in the dryland northern plains, canadian prairies, and intermountain northwest
Native Grass Seed Production Manual S. Ray Smith and Stephanie Smith The purpose of this manual is to provide detailed information on seed production of native grasses indigenous to the northern great plains region of North America.  It also includes seed production techniques for a selected number of native forbs as well as seed production information for several native grass species from teh foothill and intermountain regions of western North America.


  • Farmers And Their Diversified Horticultural Marketing Strategies
  • Vegetable Farmers and Their Sustainable Tillage Practices
  • Video:  Close To The Ground - A Team Approach to On-Farm Monitoring
  • Soil Health: Soil Biology Training for the Northern Plains
  • Vegetable Farmers and their Weed-Control Machines
  • High Tunnels: Using low-cost technology to increase yields, improve quality and extend the season.
  • Farmers and their Ecological Sweet Corn Production Practices
  • Farmers and Their Diversified Horticultural Marketing Strategies
  • Farmers and Their Innovative Cover Cropping Techniques
  • Vegetable Farmers and their Sustainable Tillage Practices
  • Farmers and their innovative Cover Cropping Techniques