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WATCH: Richard Wiswall on farming for profit

Richard Wiswall spent his junior year at Middlebury College abroad, with a family of subsistence farmers in Nepal. Inspired by this and the writings of Wendell Berry, he returned to Vermont and started a business growing organic veggies. “Plenty of information on production techniques in farming…but there’s a decided dearth of information for how to run a business.” “My goal is to see more happy, prosperous farmers,” says Richard Wiswall in this video introducing The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook; A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff—and Making a Profit. Wiswall began farming with an eye towards making ends meet when he took out a loan to finance his startup. He had to convince the bank that his business plan would work. Years later, his book is helping small farmers make their enterprises more viable and sustainable. And check out the book here (remember, it’s on sale through the month of June!). Watch the extended video here.


The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More
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