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Richard Wiswall

Richard Wiswall started Cate Farm in East Montpelier, Vermont, where he has farmed since 1981. Known for his work on farm profitability and appropriate business tools, Wiswall consults with other farmers, and writes and speaks frequently on organic-farm business issues. To learn more about Wiswall and Cate Farm, visit www.catefarm.com.

    Richard's Upcoming Events

    • Richard Wiswall at Goddard College
      Goddard College, Plainfield VT
      August 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Richard Wiswall will present a workshop at Goddard College on August 25.

    • Richard Wiswall at University of Vermont
      University of Vermont, Burlington VT 05401
      September 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
    • Richard Wiswall at NOFA NJ
      Duke Farms Coach Barn Duke Parkway East 80 US Highway 206, Hillsborough NJ 08844
      November 8, 2014, 9:00 am

      Richard Wiswall, author of The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, will be giving this full day, intensive Business of Farming workshop. Richard will teach a full day of workshops with special tips discussed specifically for beginning farmers, however, seasoned farmers will have lots to learn as well.

    • Richard Wiswall at Carolina Farm Stewards Association Annual Conference
      CFSA Conference, Greenville SC
      November 10, 2014, 1:00 pm

      $45 Members, $60 Non-Members Presenter: Richard Wiswall, owner operator of Cate Farm and author of The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook- A Complete guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff- and Making a Profit Find out your farm’s profit centers – which parts of your farm make the most money and which may actually lose money. Learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, how to determine your costs of production for various farm enterprises, and how to figure the cost/benefit analysis and payback period when purchasing tools and machinery. Set aside the afternoon to finally work on these and other important farm business concerns. The workshop will address: 1) Planning for Profit: a step-by-step guide to increase your net profit; 2) Making a Profit on YOUR farm: what is making money and what isn’t; 3) Your marketing strategies and 4) Quick business fixes.

    • Richard Wiswall at Young Farmers Conference
      Stone Barns Center , Pocantico Hills NY
      December 5, 2014, 12:00 pm

      More details to come...

    • Richard Wiswall at Young Farmers Network
      Young Farmers Network, Providence RI
      December 6, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Richard's Books

    Business Advice for Organic Farmers Set: Book & DVD

    In this book + DVD set longtime farmer Richard Wiswall shares his story, and offers detailed advice on how to make your farm production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit.

    Business Advice for Organic Farmers DVD

    Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What's required is farming smarter, not harder. In this filmed workshop, recorded at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Winter Conference in 2010, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit.

    The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook

    A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staffand Making a Profit

    In The Organic Farmers Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Vermont, Wiswall knows firsthand the joys of starting and operating an organic farmas well as the challenges of making a living from one. Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being ones own boss, and working intimately with nature. But, unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustratingand often avoidablelosses.

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