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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.


New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More
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