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“ Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder.” Richard Wiswall

It’s only 17 days until our first Pre-Conference Short Courses begin on January 15th in Mobile, AL. There are only four courses to choose from, so it’s a little easier to decide. They include: Start-Up Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing; High Tunnel Production and Marketing; Managing Your Farm as a Business; and Farm to School 101: Building a Strong Foundation. Our short courses are a full day and a half of intensive instruction from some of the best experts in our field.

Presenting “Managing Your Farm as a Business” will be Richard Wiswall from Vermont. Richard has been farming organically for 32 years on his own Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT. Well-known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, he has utilized his extensive consulting experience in New England to literally “write the book” on the subject - The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook- A Complete guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff- and Making a Profit. To learn more about Richard visit

This is a serious class experience, so bring your calculator, total farm sales by product, last year’s expenses and the last two years of your checkbook balances. You’ll be working with your own farm numbers during this short course, so you will leave with your personal roadmap - including a market analysis and new budgets for your farming success.

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall

The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall